Candidiasis is a yeast infection that most commonly affects the mouth, but it can also infect the skin, vagina and urinary tract.
Yeast infections are usually caused by overgrowth of the candida fungus, which normally lives in small amounts in your body. When there is an overgrowth of candida, it’s called candidiasis.
If you suspect your dog has a yeast infection, schedule a veterinary appointment as soon as possible. Untreated candidiasis can turn into a serious condition that requires treatment with prescription medication.
Candidiasis Symptoms and Treatment
The most common symptom of candidiasis is white lesions on the skin (papules), which may be found anywhere on the body but tend to be concentrated around the head, groin and armpits. These lesions are typically not painful unless they become infected by bacteria or scratched by your pet’s claws.
If your dog has oral or intestinal candidiasis, he may have trouble eating and experience weight loss due to malabsorption of nutrients. A foul odor coming from his mouth may also be a sign of oral yeast overgrowth.
The treatment for candidiasis depends on the location and severity of infection. Oral medications are usually prescribed for both types of candidiasis while topical creams or ointments may be used for localized skin infections.