Dog Malassezia Dermatitis Treatment | Probiotic Spray
There are 18 known types of malassezia however only one, Malassezia pachydermatis is commonly found on dogs. Many breeds are susceptible to this yeast : Basset Hounds, West Highland White Terriers, Shih Tzus, English Setters, American Cocker Spaniels, Boxers, Dachshunds, Poodles and Australian Silky Terriers.
Symptoms can include:
- Lesions, most often seen between the toes and back of the neck, armpits, groin area, the external ear canal or folds
- Moderate to severe pruritus or itch
- Erythema (a rash with or without papules); reddish bumps and blisters which can spread outward, creating ulcerations or round “bulls eye” lesions (red circles with a central white area)
- Greasy exudation
- Hyperpigmentation/lichenification; leathery, elephant-like skin
- Paronychia; crusting, greasy exudation and hyperpigmentation of the toenail and surrounding area
- Cheilitis/muzzle erythema; these cases often exhibit extreme facial pruritus
Treatment is with antifungals - the only treatment that is challenging to vets is paronychia whereby removal of the toe-nail is sometimes indicated.
Gypsey who was suffering many issues, malassezia being one of them, underwent a 4 Step Return to Health Programme, was suffering malassezia, severe weight loss, was on a restricted diet, and diagnosed with pyoderma, seborrhea dermatitis, abcesses, purulent discharging from the ears, a terrible smell and alopecia. Malassezia is only a symptom of underlying health issues, which was why she had to adopt the 4 Step Return to Health Programme, to address gut dysbiosis (producing inflammation), suspected Leaky Gut, suspected liver toxicity and re-establishment of healthy microbes with MicroMed for Dogs. Within a month gypsey ws gaining weight, regaining hair, inflammation and hot spots were healed, the bacterial and fungal infections were gone, and she was a bright, bouncy girl again.