This fresh-smelling, natural grooming spray eliminates that stinky-dog aroma, naturally conditions and brightens the coat, and helps to detangle and prevent matting.
The unique formula combines extracts of aloe vera, lemongrass and spearmint which are conditioning, freshening and soothing for many uses.
Weightless, natural botanicals detangle without heaviness while promoting healthy, silky coat shine and reducing hair breakage.
Complementing our Dermagic Skin Rescue shampoo bar, as well as our Dermagic Skin Rescue Lotion, just spray on and brush dry, combing out dirt and debris as needed. Great for muddy paws too!
Use daily for dogs that like to play outside, or as often as needed to keep your pet fresh.
Yeast (Malassezia dermatitis) is often the cause of the “corn chip” smell associated with dogs.Yeast is a fungus, and it is always present on pets as part of the normal flora of the body, both internally and externally. As long as the body is in balance, all is well. However, when the immune system becomes imbalanced, due to poor quality food, use of pesticides, flea/tick/heartworm treatments, over-vaccinating, or when the dog is given antibiotics, or is shaved, or scratches himself, yeast can invade the skin and go underground where it thrives in the hair follicles and throughout the body.
On some dogs you can observe the very earliest signs of yeast when it manifests as little black or brownish specs on the underbelly, around the genitals, or where the legs join the body. These often go unnoticed, being mistaken for dirt, flea specks or simply part of the ageing process.By the time you see this, the yeast infection is systemic throughout the body, similar to seeing a mushroom pop up on the forest floor. By this time the rhizomes (or roots) of the fungus have already covered acres underground. Yeast is the same. And similarly, it comes and goes in a typical annual cycle, waxing and waning with the seasons but it never goes away on its own.Symptoms of a Yeast infection: Any one of these is a very strong indicator, regardless of how it got started. If there are two or more of these symptoms, it’s pretty much a given that the dog is systemically infected with yeast.Chewing or licking the feet, and dark rusty-red hair between the toes. When a dog chews his feet, there’s always a good reason. There’s an itch, a cut, a broken toenail, or something that’s bothering him. But foot- chewing is almost always because there’s a yeast infection between the toes and in the nail beds. The hair is red or rusty-colored because of the yeast, not because of the licking.Scratching the ears, or head shaking is typically caused by yeast or bacterial infection in the ears, though mites also cause intense itching in the ears.Lethargy and loss of appetite. There are many reasons for this, but when combined with one or more of the symptoms in this list, a yeast over bloom is likely the cause.Cyclic manifestation of symptoms (appearing in the spring and going away in the fall)Hair loss on the tail and upper back. There can be many reasons for this, but yeast is often one of the problems here.Speckles (like tiny black dots) on the underbelly or rust-coloration around the genitals. Daily (or at least weekly) grooming should reveal this early indicator of yeast.A foul funky smell and greasy hair (seborrhea), often accompanied by heavy dandruff. This is an active yeast infection of the hair follicles.
When a dog is shaved, even for surgery, yeast can literally be injected under the skin by the hot blade, and it will kill the hair follicles. So, how do you know if its a yeast infection or an allergy? Or something else?It isn’t an easy diagnosis, but if the condition responds well to a natural topical antifungal, the hair grows back, the black skin disappears, the itching and licking stop, and the underbelly returns to a normal pinkish white, that should tell you something. All these symptoms respond to antifungals.
It could well have been an allergic reaction to something that started all this, like a bug or flea bite or a bad reaction to grain in food, for example. But what then happens is that the local immune system doesn’t function properly and this allows the yeast to bloom and invade.