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Malassezia Dermatitis Treatment | Probiotic Spray

Malassezia Dermatitis | MicroMed Probiotic Spray for dog

DESCRIPTION: 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) 
  • Scaling 
  • Greasy exudation 
  • Hyperpigmentation/lichenification; leathery, elephant-like skin 
  • Malodour 
  • Paronychia; crusting, greasy exudation and hyperpigmentation of the toenail and surrounding area 
  • Cheilitis/muzzle erythema; these cases often exhibit extreme facial pruritus  

TREATMENT: Treatment is with antifungals - the only treatment that is challenging to vets is paronychia whereby removal of the toe-nail is sometimes indicated. 


CASE STUDY:  CASE STUDY: 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.