Understanding Yeast Infections in Dogs

Source: PetWave, Updated on August 15, 2016
Yeast Infection

Definition

Most people are familiar with the phrase “yeast infection.” However, many people don’t actually know what a yeast infection is. Yeast is a general term that refers to a kind of single-celled fungus that reproduces by a process called budding. Budding is a type of asexual or genderless reproduction in which a portion of the organism’s cell body becomes separated, pinching off to form a whole new yeast organism. Skin yeast infections are extremely common in domestic dogs. The species that cause most of these infections is Malassezia pachydermatis. This type of yeast is a normal inhabitant of a dog’s skin, in manageable numbers. It likes to live in the host dog’s fatty tissues and is especially fond of the ears. A yeast infection occurs when the yeast start to reproduce uncontrollably, over-populating the areas of skin where they normally live, but in much smaller numbers.

Disorders Similar to Yeast Infections

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Myasthenia Gravis

Weak muscles or sudden fatigue in dogs, more technically referred to as Myasthenia gravis, is a syndrome that involves skeletal muscle weakness in the absence of obvious nervous system abnormalities.

Learn more about: Myasthenia Gravis