Oh that itch!

Malassezia pachydermatis

Malassezia pachydermatis is a yeast that belongs to the normal skin flora. The yeast is always present in low numbers on the skin of each dog or cat.

The yeast doesn’t cause any problems until the skin flora is disrupted by, for example, another condition such as atopy, allergies, parasites, humidity and other problems that can affect the micro climate of the skin.

DIAGNOSIS. Malessezia can be detected by means of using an adhesive strip of the skin. This is then colored with certain dyes to demonstrate the typical shape. Malessezia can also be diagnosed by cytology. In this process, cells are taken from the skin and examined microscopically. Both methods can often be performed by the veterinarian or animal dermatologist themselves.

More about the symptoms of yeasts

Malassesia pachydermatis produces a number of enzymes such as lipases and proteases, which destroy the skin barrier. If the skin is damaged, it causes more risk of inflammation. Although you can encounter these yeasts in any dog ​​or cat, there are a number of breeds that are at higher risk of getting a Malassezia infection.
West Highland white terriers, cocker spaniels, poodles, German Shepherds, collies, sharpei’s and Jack Russel Terriers.
Malassezia is not a contagious skin condition and can be seasonal.

The most obvious characteristic of a Malassezia infection is (severe) itching. We often see redness of the skin, an inflammation of the external auditory canal and very typical is a damp, musty smell of the skin. Excessive sebum production can occur and we often see one or more symptoms, for example baldness, redness, thickening of the skin and dark discoloration of the skin. Malassezia can occur locally or over the entire body. The areas that are affected first are ears, lips, muzzle, paws, lower side of the neck, armpits, groin, the perineum and anal glands. These are often somewhat damp spots, for example in mucous membranes or where mucous membranes pass to the skin.

More about the treatment

Yeastosol is a handy spray without antibiotics or hormones. The patented formula is safe to use on a daily basis to take control of the Malassezia pachydermatis.

Usually a shampoo is recommended for the treatment of this condition. As not all dogs completely enjoy being washed, a spray is way easier to use. It also saves a lot of time for the owner to apply the spray to the animal.

Yeastosol should be sprayed on the spot once or twice a day. Usually the yeasts are under control after a period of 14 days. This depends on the severity of the infection. Yeastosol can be safely used as maintenance or prevention, for example twice a week.