General information on Yeast Stomatitis
Yeast stomatitis is also commonly known as thrush. Thrush is an uncommon form of stomatitis in dogs. Most dogs that get thrush have been taking broad-spectrum antibiotics. These antibiotics destroy the good bacteria in the mouth as well as the bad bacteria allowing yeast to grown in surplus. A dog that has a compromised immune system due to fighting a chronic illness is also susceptible to extra yeast growth allowing for thrush to occur. Due to the yeast growth, the mucous lining of the gums and tongue are covered with white patches and the patches then combine to make a white membrane on the gums and tongue. Thrush can be painful and even make it difficult for a dog to eat. Ulcers may then appear as the disease goes on untreated.
Symptoms of Yeast Stomatitis
Some of the symptoms for thrush may be white patches on the gums and tongue, drooling, bad breath, difficulty chewing, and the dog may refuse to eat at all. The dog may also refuse to have its mouth examined. The gums may also be red, inflamed, and bleed easily to the touch. Later on there may be ulcers in the mouth as well.
Treatments for Yeast Stomatitis
Your veterinarian may want you to have your dogís teeth completely cleaned by professionals while the dog is under anesthesia in order to fix some of things that canít be touched during a routine cleaning like decayed roots and broken teeth. Topical antibiotics or antifungal medications are then used to cure the thrush while routine cleanings are recommended as well as constant rinses of the mouth.
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