If you are a regular reader of these posts, you will by now know my dog Max, and how he suffers from allergies from fleas (you can read some of the flea shampoos he uses).
Now, I tend to give Max a bath at least once or twice a week, mainly because when I take him out for his walk in my local park he has a fascination in rolling around in fox poo. I know gross right, and when he does he absolutely stinks (I still love him despite the smell).
Table of Contents
- Dogs can pick up a lot of diseases
- What is yeast?
- What causes a yeast infection in a dog?
- Tips for bathing success
- Best antifungal dog shampoos
- Remember this when getting an antifungal shampoo for your dog
Dogs can pick up a lot of diseases
If you are a pooch parent, then you know, just like Max, that out on walks they are sniffing, chasing balls or frisbees and rolling in anything and everything, and as such, they can really easily pick up a lot of diseases.
Now as I said Max is pretty allergic to a lot of things and struggles with really dry skin.
If your dog is constantly agitated, scratching, chewing their paws or floor surfing on it’s backside, then it is time for you to come to his or her rescue as these all could be signs of a yeast infection (or yeast dermatitis).
The clinical term for a yeast infection is Malassezia, essentially yeast which is growing on or around your dog’s paws, ears, mouth and backside. In fact, dogs can catch this in any folds of their skin, as yeast grows and breeds in warm environments.
What is yeast?
Yeast is a spore-like type of fungi that reproduces rapidly, the actual term is called budding. Parts of the organism break of and form again, hence why yeast infections can spread so quickly.
Yeast infections in dogs are unfortunately pretty common, and a normal amount of yeast can quickly get out of control and become an infection if not treated appropriately.
Again to reiterate, if you are unsure or feel that your dog is very sick then take them to the vets immediately.
What causes a yeast infection in a dog?
There are many causes of yeast infections:
- Climate: yeast loves warm and damp weather and changes in temperature can cause your pup to pick up an infection, it mostly happens in warmer climates as these tend to trigger the yeast growth
- Food: your dog’s diet can increase the possibility of yeast infection. Foods that are high in sugar and fructose can act as a catalyst. Luckily this is one aspect of our doggies life that we can control by changing the food we give them. A proper, balanced, nutritious diet is the most important step in cutting down the chances of a yeast infection and indeed treating it. You can take a look at some of the best dog foods that we wrote about to make sure your doggy is eating high-quality food.
- Disease: of course if your dog has been ill or recovering from an operation, then they are more susceptible to picking up diseases.
- Allergies: like Max, who is allergic to flea bites and has dry skin in general, allergies can kick start a yeast infection.
If you are concerned about your dog’s health in any way then take them to the vet straight away.
Tips for bathing success
I am so lucky that Max loves to have a bath, whereas my 2 cats, when I have to give them one, will fight, bite and claw their way out.
The key to a great bath is preparation, make sure that you have all towels and shampoos ready and close to hand.
Fill the bath, or whatever you are using, up to about the chest height of your dog, the water should be warm, but not too hot or cold!
If it is your dog’s first time, or they are nervous or agitated, take it slow and try to make it as fun as possible for them, let them smell the water before putting them fully in (chances are they will drink it!) then slowly lower them in, making sure that you support them, baths can be slippery for dog’s feet!
Having dog treats or toys on hand can help! If you have a large dog then always make sure you have someone to help lift in and out, for your dog’s sake and for yours!
Once your dog is fully rinsed, apply the shampoo in a nice and gentle manner, making sure it does not go into their ears or eyes directly.
When using a medicated or antifungal shampoo try to keep your dog lathered up in it for at least 5 minutes (I know in some cases this is much easier said than done), 10 minutes if you can!
Rinse all the shampoo off of your dog make sure that it is all gone, you can (if you have one and your dog allows you) use a shower to rinse. Failing that, a cup or jug works really well. Again, try not to stress your dog by getting water in their eyes or ears.
Time to grab some towels and dry your pooch and then brush!
Be prepared for your dog (no matter how much you attempt to dry them) to shake off any excess water.
Never leave your dog unattended in the bath, even for a second!!!
Best antifungal dog shampoos
Luckily in most cases, yeast infections can be treated with antifungal shampoos.
So here are some of the best antifungal dog shampoos to treat and soothe your pooch.
1. SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiparasitic Shampoo
This dog shampoo is amazing at treating parasites and infections on your dog, and while it doesn’t smell as good as some of the others available it really works to calm and soothe Max’s itchy and flaky skin.
As I have mentioned, when Max gets bitten by fleas, he tends to get little scaly bumps and scabs due to his allergies, the SynergyLabs shampoo really does calm these down after just one bath.
It also leaves his coat nice and soft after use.
2. Healthy Clean Pet Medicated Dog Shampoo
What Max and I like about this particular antifungal shampoo is the fact that it is a natural alternative, and it smells nice and fresh as well. It is always nice to be clean and smell fresh, especially when Max meets some lady friends on his walks!
This dog shampoo has been scientifically formulated by pet skin care experts and it is made with only natural ingredients and plant extracts, whereas some antifungal shampoos can smell a bit “chemically” this one definitely doesn’t.
I have in fact spoken to a few people who have used this particular brand and they also highly recommend it, and Healthy Clean are so sure of this working to treat and soothe your pet that if it doesn’t they will refund you in full after 60 days. How is that for confidence in a product?
This shampoo always leaves Max’s coat super soft and shiny and, for us, it is by far the nicest smelling shampoo on this list.
3. Nootie Medicated Dog Shampoo
The first thing Max and I noticed about this particular shampoo is how long it lasts. Believe me, a little bit goes a long way.
It is super concentrated and when you apply it forms a really thick and rich lather, so you definitely get your money’s worth with it!
It also works really well in treating yeast infections and cooling and soothing Max’s skin, and he always smells really clean and fresh after using it. It also leaves his coat beautiful and shiny.
Definitely, we would recommend this particular medicated shampoo if your dog is suffering and constantly itching and scratching.
4. PetArmor Antibacterial and Antifungal Shampoo
This shampoo is nice as it contains no alcohol, however, I would say that this particular shampoo works more as a barrier against bacterial and skin infections, but doesn’t soothe irritated skin as much as some of the other shampoos on this list.
That being said it does leave Max smelling fresh and clean. I tend to use this in conjunction with another more soothing shampoo as well.
5. Ketohex Shampoo
This Ketohex shampoo works really well in treating fungal and bacterial infections on Max and does calm his skin down.
It lathers up really nicely and the bottle tends to last a long time, which is good as this particular shampoo is pretty pricey, but as I said it does go a long way.
The Ketohex shampoo leaves Max very soft after his bath and also one thing I have noticed is that it also seems to delay him getting any further infections for a while.
Remember this when getting an antifungal shampoo for your dog
Unless specifically stated on the bottle, never use an antifungal dog shampoo on another animal. While some are suitable for use on other pets and animals (like the Ketohex from the list above) others should 100% not be used.
I prefer to buy dog/cat only shampoos and keep them separate.
Always remember to test the shampoo on your pet first before fully committing to it, even though it is very unlikely to happen, your animal could be allergic to the shampoo.
If this does happen, then rinse your pet completely and seek medical advice.
Also, if your dog (or any pet) is suffering from a bacterial and fungal infection and the scab or bump appears to be open (for example bleeding or weeping) then check before using any sort of shampoo.
So, that was my list of the best antifungal dog shampoos that worked great for my dog and I believe will help your dog too!
Has your dog ever had a problem with yeast? What did you use to treat your dog?
Let us know in the comment below!