Dogs with Candida are often misdiagnosed.
Visits to the vet usually provide comfort
without the cause ever being addressed.
That is why we
Search for the Cause, Not Just the Cure .
Of course diet was considered early in the effort to correct Teddy's troubles and modified many times. Finally a two ingredient dry food was chosen with only meat and vegetable. The goal was to eliminate all possible sources of the trouble, but the skin problems returned.
In recent month this active three year old has shown signs of lethargy and disinterest along with the usual skin eruptions and infected sores. He is more agitated and the hot spots have returned. He clearly is in misery, but another trip to the vet seemed useless.
Finally the dots connected. These are the classic symptoms of candida. This is not different than a human body with skin eruptions and fungal infections which almost always have a component of candida at its base. With the improved diet, candida was not considered, but the the investigation was not over. A closer look at the food ingredients gave the final clues.
The dry, two ingredient food contained meat and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are sugar for candida and that alone is enough to feed the bacterial that can so easily overgrow in the gut to cause an endless list of problems.
Teddy has been switched to an all meat diet and is taking probiotics. It is understood that the fix won’t be instant or that the cure is secure just because symptoms stop. Long-term candida overgrowth can become systemic and can lead to a leaky gut. The return to health might take months, but in the end the problem will be solved from the inside out instead of the outside in.
Common symptoms of candida in dogs is bad breath, lethargy, smelly poop, digestion issues, bowel issues, hot spots, rash, hair loss, itching, joint pain, itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, oily skin or inflamed feet. Candida manifests differently in each body. You won’t see all of these symptoms and might see others that are not listed.
Don’t be surprised if your vet does not address these symptoms as candida. Most vets prefer to use antibiotics to treat symptoms because candida is not on the radar of traditional, Western medicine. Those who understand candida know that antibiotics exacerbate the problem, while symptoms may disappear for a short time.
If understanding human or canine candida is important to you, learn more by searching candida, leaky gut, IBS, fermented foods and canine candida on this site and others.