Yeast Infection In Dogs Feet

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  2. QUESTION:
    What is an effective treatment for yeast infection on my dog's feet?
    My vet is treating my two dogs for allergies to grass which, because of the constant licking of the feet, has caused a yeast infection on their feet. Nothing yet has proven effective against the yeast infection. Does anyone know anything that will be effective?

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet prescribe for the yeast? I would think that a course of Ketaconazole would be in order. In addition to that, daily doses of Benadryl (your vet can give you the correct dosage based on your dog's weight). In addition to THAT, you could ask your vet for an antifungal shampoo that you could use on your dog, paying close attention to the feed (leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing). Last, ask your vet about using Predisone for the allergies, but rather than a short, high-dose course, ask the vet about using a smaller dose as needed (20%-25% of regular dosage). I was always reluctant to use Prednisone for my own dog until I started using a 5mg pill PRN...it helps him out, and I don't worry about side effects any longer. He gets them only when his allergies are acting up.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

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  4. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  5. QUESTION:
    My Dog has a yeast infection how do we get rid of it?
    We took our dog to the vet last week to find out she has a yeast infection. It smells so bad it is almost untolerable. (the smell seems to be mostly coming from her mouth but her years and anus/vagina smell bad too. The vet didnt prescribe her anything but said she needed to loose weight (Is this a load of crap? I didnt know a dogs weight influenced yeast infections..) anyway ... if anyone knows the fastest way to get rid of this infection please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain,unsweetened yogurt,AZO Yeast Tablets ( these are made for women,but are safe for a dog) and put Monistat or an athletes foot powder all over her,just make sure it contains Miconazole,2%.Also,I cannot believe that the vet wouldn't give you at least an antifungal shampoo.There is a good one called Malaseb,I would ask the vet for some.My cousin's Golden had this,and finally got rid of it after two years,with Ketoconazole,which is an oral antifungal.Get some Panalog from your vet to put in her ears,but I don't know about her mouth;I've never heard of a yeast infection causing bad breath.And,is she spayed? If she has a bad odor or discharge coming from her vagina and she isn't spayed,it could be pyometra,an infection of the uterus,which is fatal if not treated. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    how do you restore your dogs pads of their feet?
    my dog has a horrible yeast infection causing the pads on her feet to go.How do I restore them?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the vet, have a cytology done to ensure you get the right medication to treat the infection, then follow the vet's instructions.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have yeast infection on his paws?
    I have I chihuahua thats always biting his paws so I looked into it and now i think its yeast infection. His feet stink horribly while he sleeps, and during the night he bites them like they're really bothering him. The pads on his paws are sorta cracked and (he has dew claws on his back feet)<they have sorta like yellow crust on them. Is it yeast infection? Theres not alot of available info online and i wanna be sure.
    ;)Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I would take him to a vet.

      But I honestly wonder if maybe he is having some sort of allergy issue.

      Foods with Corn, Wheat, or Soy are highly linked to food allergies (know as food sensitivities).

      Its also important to avoid chicken too.

      I would also switch to a premium food like Wellness and Blue Buffalo, anyway.

      I personally prefer blue buffalo as its a little cheaper, equal quality kibble, and they have a life source bit which boast the immune system)

      I would go with the basics formula (if it is food sensitives I would go with the basics) or the small breed fish and brown rice

  8. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a yeast infection?
    I have a pitbull she is 1 1/2 years old. She never licks herself. Last two days she has been licking constantly and she like smacks her lips after like shes still licking but isnt, like something is on her tongue. Is this a yeast infection? any home remedies for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. especially if she is licking constantly. here is something that may help. Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
      Treatment: External Problems

      Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

  9. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  10. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of/used athletes foot powder for a dogs ears?
    I have a 10 yr old dog with pendulous ears, therefore they stay damp. Several times she has gotten what the vet calls a yeast infection and prescribe expensive meds. My friend who has a farm, several healthy dogs and s knowledgable about vet issues says I should sprinkle some athletes foot powder lightly in her ears. Comments?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of such a treatment, but I can't see it being something BAD... but I'm not a vet. Could you ask your vet? Or perhaps a different vet in your area for ideas?

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does it take Zymox to help a dogs ear infection?
    Our cockapoo has a yeast ear infection. It has been 3 days and doesn't seem better. Does this medicine take a little while to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox is an antibiotic for bacterial infections. It won't help yeast. They give this for secondary bacterial infections caused by the dog digging at her ears. Yeast is the most common infection seen in floppy eared dogs. It is reoccurent. Rubbing alcohol put into the year will kill it. If it is an active infection then put a capful in each ear 2 or 3 times a day until it seems to be better. Then when it seems gone, put a capful in each ear once or twice a week to keep any reoccurence under control.

      As the previous poster said Monostat or any athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream will kill the yeast. I prefer to use rubbing alcohol because it also drys out the ear so it doesn't regrow as quickly and allows secondary infections to clear up. It also helps to clean up the mess while the creams just add to the mess.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to take her meds?
    I have to give her 3 pills twice a day for the next 10 days to treat a yeast infection on her rear end and tail.

    How do I get her to take them? She seems to know when I hide them in her regular food. I just tried forcing them down her by shoving them in her mouth and forcing it closed. She hated me for that. She's still mad at me.

    What's the best way? I just adopted her and don't want to get off on the wrong foot with her. I feel like we may have though.

    • ANSWER:
      buy a bunch of cans of those little hot dogs, vienna sausages

      take a regular straw and push the straw through the middle of them to remove the very center

      put the pill in the little hot dog in the hole through the center

      you can squeeze the meat out of the straw back into the little hot dog on both ends

      your dog should be very, very happy to woff down those vienna sausages and won't care at all about a pill or two in them

  13. QUESTION:
    Anyone who had any personal experience with these dog diseases?
    I wondered if anyone can share some personal experience of these dog diseases. Like symptons, treatment and just anything important like what happened with the dog, did it survive, did it better fast or worse fast etc?
    Here they area:
    Skin Fold Dermatits
    Pyoderma
    Ringworm
    Abscess
    Allergies
    Skin Cancer
    Hot Spots
    Folliculitis
    and
    Yeast infection of the skin

    I wanna know exactly what the differences between them are like how you would differentiate pyoderma from hot spots etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Infections of the skin (pyoderma, skin fold dermatitis, folliculitis, and yeast) generally appear as rashes:
      Pyoderma and folliculits appear as groups of reddened spots, and can look like a really bad case of acne.
      Skin fold dermatitis appears, as you may have guessed, in the folds of the dog's skin, especially if the area is typically moist (i.e. around the muzzle), and may have red and irritated appearance.
      Yeast may be moist, red, and irritated, or flaky/yellow in appearance, and are best determined by your vet due to it wide variety of appearances.

      Ringworm is a fungus (which is CONTAGIOUS) that *typically* appears as round patches of hairless skin which may have some irritation underneath. The hair loss may not be perfectly round in some cases, and may be widespread on the dog. Sometimes (esp. in cats) it is not this obvious, an no hair loss is present.

      An abscess is an infection, and typically looks like a large angry and irritated pimple. If it is bad enough it may be accompanied by a fever. It may be dry, or it may weep pus.

      Allergies may cause any number of skin conditions, but the most typical is itching of the rump, abdomen, and feet.

      Hot spots look like wet, reddened, irritated areas of skin, typically with matted hair around the site and hair loss where the sore is present. It may scab over and re-open. They are painful and itchy, so the animal may have a hard time not rubbing on it (which will just irritate it more and slow the healing process).

      Skin cancer can take many many forms and is best discussed with your veterinarian if you suspect it. It is more common in dogs with light colored and less dense fur (think pale, light haired people on the beach with no sunscreen).

      The treatment for each will depend on how severe the problem is. Infections may require antibiotics. Allergies can be dealt with by finding their source (chicken? soy? dust mites? grass pollen?) and either eliminating it or giving allergy injections (just like some people get). Ringworm and yeast infections often require special medicated baths. Skin cancer may not be treatable.

      All of the conditions listed would need a veterinarian to properly diagnose and prescribe medications. They will get worse if you let them go, so it's best to have them addressed ASAP.

  14. QUESTION:
    Do women's remedies for vaginal yeast infection work for dog ear yeast infection?
    My dog, a Golden Retriever, has what it seems to be a bad case of yeast infection in both ears (not the first time). I have read that I should change his food etc. but first I need to clear his infection. I have been to the vet several times about this in the past and paid expensive medicines that seems to work just for short period of time. A co-worker suggested to use over-the-counter medicine to treat vaginal yeast infection. Does anyone has any experiense/comment/thought about this?

    • ANSWER:
      My husky developed some kind of rash on her ears too. They looked like flaky spots and would turn red and bleed a little if you scratched them.
      I figure that it was some kind of fungus eating the skin.
      I sprayed Tinactin (for athlete's foot) on the ears (On the affected area only, NOT inside the ear-canal).
      I cured it on one application. Her ears are very healthy now.
      My dog's ears are a little hairy on the inside and that helped to keep the Tinactin solution on the spots.
      What DaveSFV says on the previous answer makes sense if you give your dog some kind of internal medication for humans, something that the dog has to ingest, but in this case you are using a cream or liquid that has the same ingredients as many dog's medication. You can go to the store and compare ingredients on both medications. It is the same fungus that eat human and animal skin.

  15. QUESTION:
    Which Probiotics should I buy for my dog's yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pit has a terrible infection all over his feet, belly and ears. I took him to the vet today and was told that he has a yeast infection. The vet gave him an oral antibiotic, a medicated shampoo, a medicated ear cleanser and a steroid shot. While this may temporarily help the condition I am also going to change his diet to a non grain and potato hypoallergenic meal, as well as incorporate Probiotics. Can anyone recommend a probiotic for this type of situation? Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      i have used apple cider vinegar with success ... try to buy a high quality brand that is organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized ... i bought a big bottle for 4 dollars ...

  16. QUESTION:
    Why does my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Keeps Chewing his foot?
    My dog keeps biting his foot and we don't know what to do! We put on medicine but it did not help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry that your dog is having problems with chewing on his feet. There are different things that can be causing it.
      The first thing you need to do is to rule out any medical reasons for your dog to be chewing on his feet. Medical reasons can be allergies, yeast infections, or in more serious cases, liver disease. You need to take your dog to a vet to be thoroughly examined. They can do blood work, x-rays skin test to determine if there is any medical reason that would cause your dog to constantly chew his feet. The most common medical reasons are allergies and infections. Untreated allergies can lead to yeast skin infections. If it is allergies, then the vet would then have to determine what is causing the allergy, which can be from food or environmental things. The vet can do blood work to determine what is causing the allergy, and then try to eliminate it from your dog's life. Your dog may need to go on to a different dog food. Many of your commercial brand dog foods contain corn and wheat flour, which many dogs are allergic to, so you may need to switch your dog to a potato based dog food.
      If your dog has an infection, then your dog will need antibiotics to help clear it up. The important thing to remember, is to make sure you give your dog all of the medication, even if your dog stops chewing his feet. This will make sure that the infection is completely out of your dog's system.
      If there are no medical reasons for why your dog is chewing his feet, then it must be a behavioral problem.
      Some dogs chew or lick their feet when they are bored, and it just becomes a habit for them. This often happens if dogs are not getting enough stimulation or physical activity. Try taking your dog for more walks, or play with him more often. Or get your dog chew toys, or the Kong toys to keep your dog occupied and mentally stimulated. You can put small treats, crackers, pieces of dog food or even peanut butter. Your dog would have to play with it and move it around to figure out how to get to the treat inside the toy.
      Or if your dog is a high strung or nervous type of dog, the chewing of his feet may be a nervous habit. If this is the cause, then you need to socialize your dog, which means walking him more, letting him be around other dogs, paying more attention to him, playing with him, anything that will calm his nervousness or anxiety. In some cases, a vet may have to put your dog on an anti-anxiety medication to help him not be so anxious or nervous.
      If the other things don't work, then talk to your vet about this, or if he has any other suggestions for your dog. Even massages will help your dog to relax and calm down, and dogs love the personal attention.
      There are also some sprays that you can spray onto your dog's feet that has a bitter taste to it, such as Bitter Apple, which may help break the habit of your dog chewing his feet, but this does not always work with some dogs.
      No matter what the cause is, it will take patience and persistence to help your dog and break the habit of chyewing his feet. It will take time, but you can help your dog to stop.
      Best of luck with your dog. Hope I helped.

  17. QUESTION:
    My dog smells really bad and continues to itch around her eyes and ears causing them to bleed. What is wrong?
    She is a beagle basset mix about 11 years old. She has always smelled due to the basset in her but lately it has gotten terrible. She continues to itch at her eyes and ears and it is getting so bad she has constant scabs and is now forming some scar tissue around her eye. We have gone to the vet and they have had us switch her dog food, given us shampoos, and ear mite medicine but nothing will work. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      We are going through the same thing with our dog, and there doesn't seem to be anything else we could do about it other than give her prescription pills for her skin and thyroid, use prescription ottomax for the yeast infection in her ears, and shampoo her every three days with medicated shampoo.

      She has allergies which give way to yeast infections starting with her ears, then all over her body, especially her pits and feet, which peel.

      The doc said since she is 11, her thyroid might not be working well, so he gave her medication. Apparently her immune system will be strengthened if her thyroid is healthy. Then she could fight off the stinky yeast.

      We feed her raw food. Our vet is okay with this since he's a dog nutritionist too. He wants us to test for food allergies now, like allergies to beef and chicken. Dogs can be allergic to the corn, wheat, beef, and chicken in kibble.

      The condition is chronic, meaning it might not go away, but it could be maintained.

      Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to keep my labrador retriever from getting any diseases?
    i know how labs are sometimes prone to diseases when they reach older ages and I want to keep my dog around for as long as i can so,any ideas on how to keep her happy and healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a lab, too, so have researched this a lot....

      We are waiting to neuter our lab until he is full grown (2 years). There is research that suggests sex hormones and growth/bone development are related. In other words, if you neuter a lab before they are done growing, it can change their growth... they will be taller, but have weaker bone structures (thus leading to hip problems). This is controversial research... people tell you to spay and neuter right away to prevent pet overpopulation. Our lab is never out of our care, so we prefer to wait until he is fully developed. We will neuter him when he is an adult (there is a risk of testicular cancer in the older years if they aren't neutered).

      For females, this is much more complex. I think if we had a girl, we would spay her before her first cycle.... there are potential health risks for waiting. Early spay and neuters in labs have been linked with thyroid problems and obesity, though... both of which my golden retriever has and she was spayed at 6 months.

      Also, for hips and joints... we don't allow our lab to jump very much. We do walk and run him and get him plenty of exercise, but we haven't taught him to jump on couches, beds, etc... we help him up. Being easy on the joints and hips may help. When you play with him, don't pull on his legs either... be gentle on the joints.

      It is also important to keep him in a healthy weight range. You should see the belly "tuck" before the hind legs. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is very important. If he seems hungry, you can supplement his food with green beans or something along those lines.

      In addition, we supplement our dogs diet with Calcium, Glucosamine, and Chondroiton (pills or low-fat treats). All of these promote healthy joint and hips.

      Labs are also prone to have sensitive stomachs. If your dog's stool is runny, you may need to swtich foods. For us, California Natural is good. It is high quality but has few additives.... that as why we add the dietary supplement, though. I have read the "chicken" should be the first ingredient.... there are a lot of articles on this. We are also considering switching our lab to a "grain-free" food as he gets a little older. Grain Free foods are said to more closely mirror what they would actually eat in the wild... wild dogs eat more protein, not grain. I have heard labs stomachs often do very well with grain-free foods. I would wait until your dog is at least a year, though. Sometimes grain-free food is too much for a puppy's tummy due to the protein content being too high for them.

      Labs also tend to get ear infections a lot. We bought medicated cleaner from our vet. Any time we take him swimming or bathe him, we clean his ears. Also, if they ever look a bit reddish, we clean them and it does the trick.

      Finally, labs sometimes get allergies. For dogs, allergies often manifest through skin irritations (itchy feet, sores on skin, yeast infections in ears). Just be watchful of this. If it is bothering your dog, the vet can give you allergy meds (oral and/or topical).

      Finally, as you probably know... annual trips to the vet are always important. Enjoy your lab. They are awesome. We love ours!

  19. QUESTION:
    Could the food my dog eats cause ear infections?
    I've posted a question before about my dogs ear infections and I've tried so much to help them heal. They just continue to become infected. Does anyone know if the food he eats cause this type of allergy? He is on large breed adult formula ProPlan.
    He's been on at least 5 different meds and has been to the vet continually.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it can contribute to it. Excess sugar can cause excess yeast and bacteria to form in the body. Corn has sugar and ProPlan has corn... you can only benefit from trying a hypoallergenic food with a protien source your dog has never had, and no corn or sugar products. I like Wellness brand Fish and Potato, or Natures Variety Venison & Rice. A less expensive food would be Sensible Choice Lamb and Rice. My dog eats that as her normal food, but it's not hypoallergenic. You can't give her treats with suger either, so check all your labels. It will take 2 months to know if it is helping for sure. Until then, use the drying/acidifying ear wash from the vet every day and use the medicated cream for 2 weeks at least to make sure you don't stop the med to soon. Continue cleaning the ears every day, or at least a couple times weekly. Also clean when they get wet or if it's humid. If she has other skin problems, like itchy feet and hot spots, it may be seasonal allergies and she may need benedryl-that'll help ears, too. Ask your vet. You can try putting a dribble of apple cider vinegar in his water dish. Also try acidophilis tablets in his food. That can help good bacteria fight the bad bacteria in his body. I do the same thing for myself...when I can afford it... spend to much on my pets...

  20. QUESTION:
    What could my dog be allergic to? I've started her on Proplan?
    Since I started her on Proplan-Weightlost formular-since I started her on this, she no longer chews her feet, no longer scratches her ears, her yeast infection has cleared up in her ears.

    Why has this suddenly stop?

    No mention of Holistic and natural pet foods thank! Not interested!
    STOP THIS NATURAL HOLISTIC FOOD, I READ THE REVIEWS AND AM NOT INTERESTED!

    • ANSWER:
      I've never fed Pro Plan, and I don't know what you were feeding before...

      But the obvious answer would be to check the old ingredients list, compare it to the new ingredients list, and whatever is missing is probably what she was reacting to. Process of elmination should give you an answer, or a few guesses, anyway.

      It can't be grains, because Pro Plan has plenty of those in it.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any personal experience with fatigue caused by yeast-candida?
    I am hoping to learn more about the possibility of fatigue caused by the over growth of yeast or "Candida". I have been doing a lot of research on the internet, but have found so many different opinions on how to treat it, what the diet should look like and different symptoms that it may cause. A lot of it doesn't seem to match up. I am looking to find the best sites to look for real information, possible facts, studies and personal success stories. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Gidday mate, please please please buy the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About IBS" ~

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446690910/healingchoice-20

      Chapter 6 details precisely how to eliminate the yeast overgrowth known as candida albicans ........... i personally eliminated a vast array of symptoms including fatigue and exhaustion, constipation, bloating, headaches and migraines, moodiness and irritability, achy bones, cramping, nausea, thrush, fingernail fungus all by simply eliminating the source of food for the yeast ie ~ yeast and processed sugar.

      The classic telltale signs of a yeast overgrowth ....... candidiasis ...... are those of a white tongue (thrush), toenail or fingernail fungus, jock itch or athlete's foot, and vaginal yeast infections........... an overgrowth of yeast can affect virtually every system of the body with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous and immune systems being the most susceptible.... common symptoms of candidiasis include:

      Digestive disorders, including IBS;
      Gastrointestinal symptoms: thrush, bloating gas, rectal itching;
      Vaginal yeast infections;
      Urinary tract infections;
      Athlete's foot or jock itch;
      Fungal toenails or fingernails;
      Cravings for sugar, bread, or alcohol;
      Diaper rash;
      Fatigue;
      Irritability (especially when hungry);
      Premenstrual syndrome and menstrual problems;
      Fibromyalgia;
      headaches;
      Brain fog;
      Skin problems or itching;
      Numbness or tingling in the extremities;
      Respiratory problems;
      Depression;
      Hypoglycemia;
      Short attention span;
      Loss of libido.

      Candidiasis almost never occurs in people with healthy immune systems who eat a diet low in sugar and yeast....you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

      truly, eat loads and loads of green and leafy vegies, squeeze lemon juice over it to spice it up and help torch bacteria and bolster both your immunity and digestive process ........eat some low sugar fruits each day too such as strawberries, pears and watermelon and cold water fresh fishes and brown rice / quinoa and watch it clear up........ oh, drink loads and loads of fresh filtered water to ... to ensure you are properly hydrated as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one .

      make sure that you only eat organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds too as they "preserve" the commercial varieties with sulfites and other nasty chemicals that will upset sensitive digestive systems.

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dog food you will find in a grocery store?
    All those organic foods are too excpensive.I already have bills to pay and paying tons of money for holistic and organic food is just too much. What are some cheap but good quality and easy to find foods?

    • ANSWER:
      Nutro Natural Choice or Pro Plan Selects you can get them at petco, petsmart, and most pet stores.
      Whatever food you get make sure they don't use
      "BHT/BHA and Ethoxyquin: These are preservatives in some dogs food that have been banned from use in human food because they are linked to many health problems such such as liver/kidney damage, cancerous skin lesions, loss of hair, blindness, leukemia, fetal abnormalities and chronic diarrhea. In animals it has been linked to immune deficiency syndrome, spleen, stomach and liver cancer, as well as the above mentioned diseases.

      Propylene Glycol
      This potentially harmful chemical is added to many products to maintain the right texture and moisture. Along with the use of Ethoxyquin, these humectants tie up the water content and thus prohibit the growth of bacteria. These preservatives allow dry food to stay on the shaves for up to five years, and canned products indefinitely. As well as inhibiting bacteria growth in the product, they inhibit proper and necessary growth of friendly flora in the digestive tract, which aids in the assimilation of nutrients. They also decrease the amount of moisture in the digestive tract, which has led to intestinal blockage and a host of serious digestive tract problems such as cancerous intestinal lesions.
      "
      By products (that stuff is discussing)

      Also some dogs are sensitive to corn, which appears to be in a lot of lower grade dog foods.

      You best bet is to learn how to analyze dog food and read labels . For example this is why Iams is considered a 1 Star dog food

      Review of Iams from http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=145&cat=7
      The first ingredient on the listed is a named meat product, but since this is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and this ingredient will weigh only about 20% of its wet weight once water is removed (as it must be to make kibble) it is unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food and would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. Fish meal, at 5th on the ingredient list, is a second named meat product in the food, but this is far too low down toelevate the meat content to an acceptable level. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

      The next two ingredients are low quality grains. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. Sorghum is a carbohydrate source low in digestibility. We consider it primarily filler.

      The next ingredient in this food is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”

      Beet pulp is further filler and a controversial ingredient – it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fiber is required.

      Here is the ingredients list of Iams

      Ingredients:
      Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Corn Grits, Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract

      Guaranteed Analysis:
      Crude Protein (minimum) 26%
      Crude Fat (minimum) 14%
      Moisture (maximum) 10%
      Crude Fiber (maximum) 5%
      Omega-6 Fatty Acids not less than 2.8%

      You can read about other foods on the website above.
      And just keep in mind, more expensive food maybe only a few dollars more for a 20 pound bag, but the quality and your dogs health is worth it.

  23. QUESTION:
    how to cure yeast infection from my dogs back?
    my dog has yeast infection and he seems to be in a lottt of pain =( does anyone know how to cure it? without having to go to the vet? he can hardly walk ='(

    • ANSWER:
      my best suggestion to u would be to go get over the counter Lotromin Ultra ( commonly used for Athletes foot) and try using that on ur dog. the ingredient in the medication is used to cure funguses which is exactly what a yeast infection is. hope that helps!

  24. QUESTION:
    what causes yeast in between my dogue de bordeauxs toes?
    He takes regular baths,used selson blue,cleaner from the vet still he gets it .stumped. He is an inside dog,out just for exercise and bathroom.??????
    Ive tried innova first now avoderm, thank you for the info.

    • ANSWER:
      Many wrinkly breeds are unfortunately prone to yeast infections. Try a Malaseb shampoo and rinse from your vet, it's especially effective in controlling yeast. Carefully drying the feet is also a good idea. Some yeast problems stem from poor diet, what food do you have him on? Perhaps upgrade him to a premium diet like Innova Evo or Orijens if he's not already eating something similar.

      If all else fails, ask your vet about oral antifungals, they sometimes prescribe them for chronic yeast infections in the skin or ears.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to loose weight?
    I have a nova scotia duck tolling retriever and she is about 20 pounds over weight we went to the vet and they didn't know what to say and we never feed her table scraps and we give her iams weight control food and we take her for walks everyday does anyone know what we should do?

    • ANSWER:
      ~ Iams is horrible!!! Look at the ingredients. Change your dogs food. This stuff is junk in a bag.

      Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Caramel, DL-Methionine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

      Guaranteed Analysis
      Crude Protein, minimum 20.0
      Crude Fat, minimum 10.0
      Crude Fat, maximum 12.5
      Crude Fiber, maximum 5.0
      Moisture, maximum 10.0
      L-Carnitine, minimum 30.0 mg/kg*
      Omega-6 Fatty, Acids minimum 2.0*
      Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.2*

      *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

      Iams® ProActive Health™ Weight Control Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.

      Registered: October 2005
      Posts: 3534
      Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0

      Pros: None
      Cons: Byproducts, inadequate meat content, mixed quality grain, controversial filler

      The main grain and main ingredient in the food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Sorghum is decent quality, as is barley, but these are minor ingredients and this product is very heavy in grain content with little meat included for the canine.

      The second ingredient is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of Chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. The fifth ingredient in the food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list as a minor ingredient in the food.

      Beet pulp is a controversial filler. It is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my pug has mange?
    My dog has a sore on her back the size of a quarter, I gave her a bath and shaved the area and put neosporin on it really acnt afford a vet bill right now what do i do?

    • ANSWER:
      the only sure way to tell is to get a skin scrape done at the vets, but if its just one sore and no hair loss it probably isnt mange, there are a few things that look similar to mange such as yeast which is an infection that cause hair loss and skin reddness and will be most common on the ears and feet and back, if it is a perfectly round sore it could be ringworm really you didnt give enough info to even guess at a diagnosis so keep doing wat your doin and goodluck

  27. QUESTION:
    what is the smell coming from my dogs behind?!?
    My dog is a female and there is a strong fishy funky smell coming from my dogs behind. I thought it was anal glands but there is nothing coming out of her butt. Do dogs have yeast infections? But the smell smells like rotten tuna, it's horrible!! Or is it allergies? she has been liking her belly lately giving her a rash, and licking and biting her feet. Please help! also how do i get rid of that smell and help her

    • ANSWER:
      She needs her anal glands expressed - that's what the smell is. Take her to the vet and get it done and at the same time they can check her for allergies so she'll stop licking and biting her feet and she'll get rid of that rash.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog always smell like popcorn?
    No matter what I do she always smells like popcorn. After I wash her, after I take her to the groomers where she's professionally cleaned so to to speak. Not that I'm complaining, I'm just curious why. There's no popcorn in the house nor does she ever go anywhere there is.

    • ANSWER:
      It's often called Frito Feet as the smell smells more like Corn Chips to some people.

      The skin of most animals (humans included) is home to a lot of microbes. If you are in good health and are reasonably hygienic and well groomed, you have about one trillion bacteria on your skin at any given time - or about a hundred thousand of them on every square centimeter of skin.

      Dog feet are a great place for bacteria and yeast to take up residence because there’s a lot of moisture and little to no air circulation in the folds and pockets of skin between toes and foot pads. Bacteria flock there and thrive.

      All these micro-organisms give off their own distinct odors (they’re what give us BO), and the popcorn/corn chip smell on some dogs is likely the fault of yeast or the bacterium Proteus, which are both known for their sweet, corn tortilla smell. Or it could be the bacterium Pseudomonas, which smells a little fruitier, but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.

      It's totally normal and nothing to worry about. Bacteria are everywhere and there is damn little we can do to stop them. Luckily for us most are harmless and if the worst that it can come up with for your dog is to make their feet smell like snacks, you'r dog's doing ok.

      Frito Feet is no cause for alarm unless the smell is really overwhelmingly strong or starts smelling putrid or foul. That could be a sign of an more serious infection and should be checked out by your veterinarian.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a Pit Bull with sensative skin?
    Boland is 2 years old and white. He has very sensative skin. Can anyone recommend treatment for his itching. I am giving him an allergy pill in the am. and a Benydril at night.

    • ANSWER:
      The only treatment for allergies is avoidance of the allergen. So you have to figure out what's causing his allergies. Probably be best to take him to the vet. If your vet can't give you some helpful feedback and guidance (not just prescribing steroids), ask to be referred to a veterinary dermatologist. Go to the American College of Veterinary Dermatology site to find a dermatologist in your area:
      http://www.acvd.org/

      My white boxer also has allergies and very sensitive skin. Right now we're fighting a yeast infection that seems to be secondary to her allergies, from all the licking and scratching she does. Make sure your dog hasn't developed an infection. If he has, that will need attention in addition to controlling his allergies. Try your best to keep him from further irritating his skin.

      These are just a few common allergens that dogs can be sensitive to:
      * Trees
      * Grass
      * Weed pollens
      * Fabrics such as wool or nylon
      * Rubber and plastic materials
      * Foods and food additives such as individual meats, grains, or colorings
      * Milk products
      * House dust and dust mites
      * Flea bites

      So... make sure he's eating a decent quality kibble, wash his bedding in HOT water, wipe his feet/stomach/whatever when he comes in from outside, only use stainless steel bowls for his food and water, keep him on a good flea preventative, and bathe him often (yes, that's right) to keep the allergens that he picks to a minimum. Make sure it's a mild shampoo that doesn't irritate him, and always be sure that it's thoroughly rinsed out.

      Here are some articles on dog allergies and the various causes of itching. Lots of info, but most definitely worth your while.
      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2082&aid=503
      http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/itch.html
      http://www.peteducation.com/category.cfm?c=2+2082

  30. QUESTION:
    Can I use topical spray on my rabbits ringworm on his back?
    The hair on his back is slowly falling out in the area of the ringworm. I dont want him to hurt! Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm doesn't hurt OR itch, it's not going to bother him.

      Phone your vet and ask what is 'rabbit safe' since they are very sensitive to chemicals and you don't want to make it worse for him.

      You can ask if a 2% solution of miconazole is ok. They sell a tube of that for at the vets, but you can get the EXACT same thing for at Walgreens, it's in the yeast infection section--the generic is called Miconazole, the brand name is Monistat-3 (yes, sounds strange but it is the same item, and it works on ringworm). Make sure you're getting the cream in a tube, not in the egg shaped inserted thingies.

      Do NOT rub the area, you apply the cream three times a day. It will clear up ringworm in a month on a cat or rabbit. It takes 2 months to clear up on humans.

      There's an antifungal foot spray that works on dogs, for ringworm, but considering this is a rabbit and is chemical sensitive, you're better off with the cream.

  31. QUESTION:
    is emu oil ok to use on my dogs callused skin?
    my dog has very callused skin under his front legs and back , he gets this way from licking a lot , he is being treated for allergies and the Vet has prescribed some ointment for yeast infection , which dries his skin out further,and he licks it off too when I am not looking. I wanted to try this cream that is used for heavily callused (human)feet that contains Emu oil to see if it might help the leathery skin he has developed in this area is it ok ?

    • ANSWER:
      Emu oil is fine.. I have a lotion with emu oil that I use on my hairless dog.

      Do be aware of other ingredients that might be in the cream tho.

      You can also rub olive oil or almond oil on the areas

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I should know about basset hounds?
    I am getting a 7wk old basset hound puppy tomorrow. Anything I should know about basset hounds before hand?

    • ANSWER:
      You needed to research the breed before getting the puppy so you know what to expect.

      1. Before I go into a lot, the number one thing is to take your pup to the vet for a thorough exam. The best vet is one that is familiar with basset hounds as it diminishes a lot of uneccessary treatments. A vet unfamiliar with bassets make look at their legs and think they have a deformity when there really isn't one.

      2. Handling. Get your puppy use to being handled every where. Get the puppy use to having the feet handled and nail trimming done. Personally I prefer a dremel to do nails and my gals were introduced to it while they were little.

      3. As soon as the pup is 2 weeks past the puppy vaccines, Socialize the pup. Have people visit, walk downtown, etc. Expose the puppy to as many situations as possible. Also socialize with other dogs especially since the pup is leaving it's mother so young. (7 weeks is really young and puppy will be missing out on a lot of it's mother's teaching.)
      4. Training - Patience, patience and more patience. Bassets love people but they want what they want when they want it. Two of the best commands you can teach them is "leave it and drop it" They are a little harder to train because of their determination. Potty training can be a challenge and can take up to a year with some bassets. If you are able to a dog door that is the best investment you can make once the pup is older. It really makes potty training so much easier. You have to be consistent with them and praise them for doing things right. They love attention. Yelling and especially spanking are detrimental to a bassets psyche. They are very sensitive and can mope for days.
      5. Keep them safe. No matter how well they may be trained, do not trust them off leash. All it takes is one good smell and they are off and running. Make sure that if you have a fenced yard to check it frequently for escape access. Gates should have locks on them. All it takes is for someone to open the gate and your basset is off and running. Microchip and make sure that they have a tag on just in case.
      8. Health issues.
      a. Eyes - Watch the eyes for signs of infection. Gentle washing daily goes a long way in preventing eye infections. You also need to familiarize your self with signs of glaucoma, cherry eye, etc.
      b. Ears- Have your vet show you how to clean the pups ears and what to use. Don't wash the ears with water as the canals don't get good air flow and that can lead to an infection. Also watch the ears for dirt and debris on the edges. Since the ears are so long they drag at times you do need to watch that the pup doesn't develop sore. Snoods are great during feeding time to help keep the ears flaps clean. Ears need cleaned weekly and possibly more frequently if you notice a large amount of brown gunk. I found the amount of gunk in the ears tends to be related to the food.
      c. Protect the back, neck and legs. No jumping off of furniture, out ofof the car, going up and down lots of stairs, etc. If the pup wears a collar avoid tugging as it can cause neck injury.
      d. Bloat. As a deep chested breed they are at risk for bloat. Please read up on this as it is a medical emergency.
      http://www.dailydrool.com/bloat.html
      e. Weight - most bassets are food motivated and have the "I'm starving look" down pat. An overweight basset is more prone to arthritis, back problems and many other health issues than a normal weight basset. Don't give in to the "looks" with food.
      f. Teeth and gums. I have come to the conclusion that bassets build tartar faster than any other breed I have ever had. Start brushing that puppies teeth and at least 3 times a week. This will go a long way in decreased cost of dentals.
      g. Skin Checks - You need to check their arm pits and tummies for redness/irritation. Bassets are prone to yeast due to the amount of loose skin they have. You can do the checks daily during "belly rub' sessions.
      h. Chewing. Bassets are big chewers for the most part. Have lots of chew toys and squeaker toys available. Kongs filled with peanut butter or yogurt and then frozen are great!
      i. A tired basset is a good basset. This is not a lazy breed and do require at least daily walks. Playing is also a great way for them to expend energy.
      j. Counter cruising. Yes unless the are taught well they will cruise the counters, end tables, dining room table for goodies. Keep things out of their reach especially food. Remote controls and telephones need to be out of reach.

      I do have to disagree with one poster. I have 3 bassets and only one has a little bit of separation anxiety and she is my 8 yr old rescue. She is very attached to me since I was the one that saved her. To be honest my girls have very little houndy smell and are only bathed every couple of months, unless they roll in something. I have found the amount of smell is directly related to their food. Also not all bassets drool. On

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anybody own a pug or any other dog with wrinkles?
    Did you know the skin inside the wrinkles can harbour dirt making a perfect home for yeast and infections??

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, and even worse, people often neglect their dogs feet. They have hair between their claws and this needs attention or they also get badly infected there and end up with something resembling claw foot.

  34. QUESTION:
    How does "kennel club standards" cause unhealthy dogs?
    All breed clubs code of ethics call for health screenings.. so wouldnt that mean that healthier dogs are being produced?

    • ANSWER:
      SOME people, who don't know any better, think that breeding for exaggerations is breeding to "kennel club standards".

      Ironically, in many breeds (like mine) it tends to be the "pet" breeders and BYBs that breed for the exaggerations. I frequently see ads from these people that emphasize "long ears, sad eyes, big feet, lots of wrinkles".

      Responsible show breeders, however, understand that while long ears are good, excessively long ears are bad (a dog that steps on it's ears is not an efficient hunter). Loose skin is required to help prevent the skin being punctured by thorns and brambles when hunting in thick cover, excessively loose skin is a harbor for bacteria and yeast infections. Somewhat loose eyes indicates appropriate looseness of the skin on the head (which should fall forward and wrinkle "perceptibly" WHEN THE HEAD IS LOWERED to focus the dog's attention on the ground in front of him), excessively loose eyes collect debris and get infections and other problems. Appropriately heavy bone (heavier in bone SIZE CONSIDERED than any other breed) makes for a strong dog with lots of endurance, excessive bone makes for a clumsy and inefficient hunter.

      Whenever I attend Nationals (the main annual show for the breed), there are always breeding and evaluating/judging seminars put on. The seminars always emphasize things like structure, angulation, movement, soundness. Little emphasis is put on the "icing". There is also at least one seminar on a health issue, how to spot it, how to test for it, how to breed to avoid it (if possible), plus opportunities to learn about the different performance aspects of the breed.

      True, there are a few breeds where the majority of show breeders are way off base, but if you read the "kennel club standards" for those breeds, the standards describe a sound, healthy dog that in no way resembles what is being shown. These tend to be EXTREMELY popular breeds, with a high number of breeders who jump in and then jump out of breeding, and never really learn what is correct.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is clay cat litter any less hygenic for cats then clumping?
    In the sense that with clumping you scoop out both the solid waste and the urine but with the clay litter, the urine remains in the litter for a week's worth of time?

    • ANSWER:
      The following list of dangers associated with clumping cat litter may convince you to try something a little more natural. I have used litter made from pine, newspaper, wheat and corn, and there are things I like about all of them. I would have to say I like pine best, but you'll have to check it out for yourself.

      Potential hazards of clumping cat litter:

      *Cats inhale dust from clay litter, or ingest it while cleaning their feet. Kittens, being curious creatures, sometimes eat litter.
      *The powerful clumping abilities of sodium betonite cause the ingested clay dust and particles which, when combined with natural and ingested liquid form a solid mass. (When liquid is added, bentonite swells to approximately 15 times its original volume, as quoted from Cat Fancy magazine in the McInnis article.)
      *Inhaled particles could cause similar problems in the moist climate of the lungs. (The dust in clay is silica dust, which is not particularly friendly to either human or feline lungs.)
      *The "clumping activity" in the intestines could draw fluid out of the body, causing dehydration, and possibly consequential urinary tract problems.
      *The clumping substance coats the digestive tract,"attracting the collection of old fecal material, increasing toxicity, bacteria growth and prohibiting proper assimilation of digested food. This can lead to stress on the immune system, leaving the animal susceptible to viral, bacterial, parasitic and yeast infections." (From an article by Lisa Newman.)
      *The problems can also extend to dogs, who sometimes are inexplicably drawn to "litter box snacks."

  36. QUESTION:
    Why do my dogs paws smell like Doritos?

    She's a jack-russell fox hound mix, I don't eat doritos, I don't feed her any, and there's non on my floor, LOL.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not uncommon, although my Lab's smell more like corn chips.

      Dogs have sweat glands in their paws, which is what causes the smell.

      It actually has nothing to do with what they eat, I know people who feed raw (no corn in kibble), and they smell like that.

      After reading Bonzie's answer I found this
      "Bacteria and yeast naturally reside on the skin of all animals, including cats and dogs. The feet of both species contain many folds and pockets, such as the areas between toes and the spaces between the foot pads. These areas have increased levels of moisture and decreased air circulation at the level of the skin.

      The increased moisture and decreased air circulation in these environments enables the resident bacteria and yeast to proliferate exuberantly. These micro-organisms give off odors, and I suspect that they are the cause of Frito feet. Because cats groom themselves more thoroughly than dogs, they are less likely to have foot odor.

      One bacteria in particular is famous for smelling like corn tortillas. That bacteria is called Pseudomonas. It is often associated with skin or ear infections, and I can’t promise that it has anything to do with causing Frito feet. But I am a bit suspicious.

      I should point out that most dogs with Frito feet don’t have infected feet. Rather, they have mildly increased numbers of micro-organisms on their feet. The best way to prevent the smell is to regularly clean and dry your dog’s feet."

      It states at the end, that it does not mean the feet are infected.
      http://blogs.dogster.com/vet_blog_information_advice/what-causes-frito-feet/

      Human armpits smell for the same reason, bacteria thriving off of the dampness caused by sweat.

  37. QUESTION:
    what does a yeast infection in a dog's ear look like?

    my dog (he's a cockapoo) has a scaly, white dry "look" in his ears--he keeps shaking his head and scratching at the outside...does this MEAN he has an infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Black, gooey and smells a bit like feet.

      But you simply cannot treat with any ol medicine. A vet will run a gram stain that will identify, yeast, pseudomonas, or other bacteria responsible for ear infections. He/she will also be looking to see if it is gram positive or gram negative bacteria, all of which would change the drug of choice.

  38. QUESTION:
    To all dog lovers... What is the best food for you four legged furry friend?
    And how would you rate ALPO dog food. I saw a lot of negative reviews on ALPO but that is the only dog food that my puppy dog likes to eat....

    • ANSWER:
      This is the review on Alpo Dry dog food:

      Pros:
      Cons: Inadequate meat content, by-products, use of low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin, carcinogenic preservative.

      This food receives a 1 star rating simply because there is nothing lower.

      The primary ingredient in the food is corn (it should be meat!). Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food.

      Beef and bone meal is a low quality meat product. Soybean meal is a poor quality source of protein in dog food, and a common cause of allergy problems. Some believe that it is the number 1 cause of food allergies in dogs (outstripping even wheat).

      The next ingredient is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.” Digest is material from poultry by-products which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue.

      Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".

      This food uses chemical preservatives (BHA) which is believed to be carcinogenic, and is banned from use in human food.

      The next ingredient if further by-products, this time poultry (unidentifiable source). The AAFCO definition of poultry by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”

      Brewers rice is a waste product – a spent grain that is a by-product of the alcohol industry. The AAFCO definition is “the dried extracted residue of rice resulting from the manufacture of wort (liquid portion of malted grain) or beer and may contain pulverized dried spent hops in an amount not to exceed 3 percent.”

      ************************************
      Just because your dog loves it does not mean it's good for the dog. This product has low quality ingredients and is full of carcinogens. Chances are by 8 or 9 your dog will have developed cancer due to the BHA used in the food.

      Feeding Alpo is like eating McDonalds Hamburgers every day, yes we love McDonalds hamburgers they are delicious but are they good for us??? Heck no. Same with Alpo.

      I currently feed Pinnacle Holistic food along with dehydrated Raw Dog food by the Honest Kitchen. I also add in a powdered Digest Aid to help in keeping my dogs digestive system in top form.

      Once the Pinnacle is finished I will be switching to Taste of The Wild as it's the highest quality dog food out there. I want my dog to live a long and very healthy life and only feeding the best food will guarantee that.

  39. QUESTION:
    I am discussed with my dogs' paws after our walk. I want to shampoo them after every walk?
    before she comes home, but I heard it is bad for her paw skin to shampoo every day. If I wash her paws with water only, it won't be clean. She goes on the grass and pees and poops on other dog's pees. Imagine how dirty her paws are. And, she sits on my lap. she is a small dog. I go to bed with pijams she sat on. What should I do. Do I have ocd? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you're *slightly* over reacting, but I can understand.. my hubby is a germ-a-phob

      If it would make you feel better to rinse the paws with water after each walk, but like you said chronic bathing is no good, you can opt for a paw dunker.

      One my friend uses and likes is the paw plunger.. it has stuff on the inside to help loosen debris and dirt..

      This is it: http://www.pawplunger.com/

      Be sure to dry the feet well after use, especially between the toes to help prevent yeast infections.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why does my puppy smell like corn tortillas?
    We have a little miniature pinscher/chihuahua mix puppy who smells a little bit like corn tortillas or chips. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      All dogs have sweat glands in their paws. If you feed a food that contains a lot of corn then that mixed with the perspiration from the dogs feet smells like corn chip. Lots of people also say it smells like pop corn too!

      A yeast infection smells a lot different than this. It has a sour smell to it too.

  41. QUESTION:
    My dog has bumps in between his toes?
    My 25 pound Dachshund, Peter recently contracted a yeast infection in his ear, and the day before we were scheduled for the vet he broke his toe. A month and a half later, his ear infection is gone, his toe is healed but now, on his right foot, the same as his injury, he has red, raw bumps in between his toes that he licks all the time.

    Any ideas on what this is and how to treat it/if I should go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be something like a cyst, there could be foreign object from a wood splinter, plant thorn, grass seed or metal splinter, could be a mass, a fluid filled pocket or pus filled pocket if there has been any type of injury.

      It could be cancer.. I would have this looked at..

  42. QUESTION:
    Using Benadryl to treat allergies in dogs, effectiveness?
    My 6 yr old lab has inhalent allergies which were a seasonal nuisance when we lived in New England and now have become a year round problem down in Texas. Mostly she gets ear (yeast) and eye infections, but also a lot of chewing on her paws. The ear problems have become chronic, and we've tried most common treatments with success, but the infection always comes back.
    My new vet down here suggested giving her 25mg of Benadryl a day for the allergies. We've been doing this for the past 3 days and I haven't noticed any major improvements. Just wondering what other's people's experiences with Benadryl for allergies has been. Have you noticed major improvements?
    She weighs about 70 pounds and I give her the pill right before bed in case it makes her drowsy. Can this be a long term solution,if susessful? The vet said that she could take it long term, but wondering about side effects of daily usage over long periods. How has this treatment worked for your dogs vs allegy shots?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, benadryl can be a useful, long-term solution... if it works. I've heard figures something like about 15% of allergic dogs will respond to benadryl. That number goes up to 30% when you combine the benadryl with an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. For some reason, the omegas interact with the benadryl and make it more effective.

      I was lucky enough to have this work for my dog (she takes both generic benadryl and omega-3s every night). She has really bad year-round allergies, and the pills have been a life-saver. I would suggest two things: one, ask your vet about uping the dosage: 25 mg for a 70-pound dog might not be enough. And two, be patient before you completely give up on the benedryl: it took my dog about three weeks to begin responding to it. I have also heard that different kinds of antihistamines (there's several on the market) can work for a dog while another kind won't. So you might have to try several. Oh yeah, and try adding an omega supplement, it helps for my dog.

      Kudos to your vet for suggesting you try benadryl before resorting to harsher solutions. Prednisone and other steriods are damaging to dogs when taken for the long-term, while Benadryl (according to my new vet) has no long-term side effects.

      As far as how the benedryl works for my dog compared to the allergy shots and prednisone pills: they work ALMOST as good, with a little bit of scratching here and there, but there is still major improvement compared to no medicine at all, and no more obsessive licking of the feet. Plus, unlike the shots and prednisone, benedryl does not cause excessive thirstyness and hunger, loss of bladder control, restlessness, and long-term liver damage. Sleepiness is the only side-effect.

      I wish my first vet had suggested the benadryl before deciding that my dog should just automatically be put on steroids for the rest of her life. If the benadryl doesn't work, then you may have to go with the prednisone (make sure your vet works out a program where she is weaned down to the absolute smallest dose that will work), but only as a last resort. Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    No matter how good I bathe my dog, the next day her paws stink.Is there anything I can do for that?
    She is a 5yr old Chihuahua. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      A couple of possibilities.

      1. some dogs just have stinky feet just like some people have stinkier feet. Sounds funny, but I swear it's true.

      2. She could have some kind of infection. Either a yeast or bacterial infection. Could be from licking or chewing OR she could have a small injury with something stuck in it.

      3. She could be an indiscriminate stepper. I am the sad, sorry owner of one of these. While most dogs avoid the "piles" in the yard, I have one that is seemingly oblivious to them and steps right on in. He could care less. Tell me how I can live on 1/3 of an acre and he still does this in a yard that is de-pooped every other day?? I haven't a clue! It certainly makes for stinky paws.

      My suggestion. Watch her for licking and biting of her paws. Check the pads carefully and see if there is anything unusual. If she has hair around her paws, trim it back carefully so the pads are clean. See if one paw is stinky or if it is all of them. If it is just not all four paws, and it isn't because of reason #3 above, then I'd make her a vet appointment. It could easily be some kind of infection.

      Whatever it is, good luck! I wish you many non-stinky-paws days in your future! :)

  44. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog tilting and shaking his head?
    My dog is suddenly walking with his head tilted and then he shakes it like something is wrong

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be ear mites.

      "What are the symptoms?

      Dog with ear miteswill scratch around their ears and/or shake their heads. The amount of scratching and shaking depends on the severity of the mite infestation. With more advanced infestations, the ear canals will bleed and either fresh or dried blood will appear inside the canal. Dried blood resembles coffee grounds. If you peer into your pet's ears and notice a build-up of a material that looks like coffee grounds, then your pet probably has ear mites, although a bacterial and/or yeast infection is also a possibility.

      Ear mites are very common, but still SERIOUS. Left untreated, they severely damage the ear canals and eardrum and can cause permanent hearing loss.

      If mites spread out of the ears to other areas of the body, the animal may or may not scratch the area.

      What is the management?

      Various commercial ear preparations are available to kill the mites. These products contain an insecticide, usually pyrethrin. Ear products without an insecticide will not kill the mites. Ivermectin, fipronil (Frontline), and selamectin (Revolution) have also been used by some veterinarians. Milbemycin (Milbemite) and Acarexx, a form of ivermectin are approved for the treatment of ear mites in cats. Depending upon the medication used, the ears may need to be treated two to four weeks until all mites are killed. As previously mentioned, many ear mites live all over the body, including the feet and tail. These areas should also be treated. Most products designed for fleas and ticks such as sprays, dips, and shampoos, which contain one of the above ingredients will be effective. Be sure to use products approved for use on dogs, and to treat the tail. This is because while sleeping, the tail is curled around the puppy's body where it lies in close contact with the ear. Because mites are very easily transferred between pets, it is best if all pets in the household receive simultaneous treatment. Most types of mites do not survive long off the pets, so the treatment of the house and yard is usually not necessary."

  45. QUESTION:
    My 5 year old golden retriever constantly licks her paws. Any idea why?
    Her breath is also extremely bad during and after.

    • ANSWER:
      Goldens are notorious for having allergies within the breed because they have been very overbred. If she licks them often, she has probably caused a yeast infection too. (athlete's foot dog style)

  46. QUESTION:
    my dog chews his feet?can it be a yeast infection?
    idk i think my Scrappy has an infection b/c he chews on his paws and they are all red and his ear stinks and has black stuff in them
    there exam is going to be next week
    are these symptoms of yeast infection
    does it spread and can it kill a dog?
    no....my dogs don't have fleas for sure...100% sure
    they will get an exam this or nxt week depending when our vet is available

    • ANSWER:
      My Lab chews and nibbles on her paws and gets recurrent ear infections. Her problem is due to a dust allergy. So it's not necessarily a yeast infection, although the vet will find the real cause.
      You will need ear drops to help clear the ear problem up. Milly takes antihistamines to help with the itching and also an antiseptic spray that helps to cleanse and cool the hot spots.
      Your dog must be very miserable with all the itching, l know Milly seems to get frustrated when hers flares up but the treatment soon helps.
      The sooner you see the vet the better, as the ear infection will just get worse and can cause some dogs to snap as they get stressed out.
      Hope he's feeling better soon.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my cat or dog have ringworm? What are the signs?

    • ANSWER:
      ringworm is called the great impostor in animal dermatology. it can mimic all other skin conditions, even certain types of skin cancer. the only way to truly know if your pet has ringworm, is to go to the vet and have a culture done. it will take 3 to 30 days to grow the fungus- if it is indeed ringworm. if so the vet will prescribe a medication to be given to the pet that has ringworm, and all in contact animals should also be treated. if a vet tells you that it is ringworm by looking at it, they are nuts, you cannot tell by looking.
      other possibilities: staph infection (usually leaves small circular pimple like areas), bacterial infections, yeast infections in the skin (yes, yeast in the skin, a type of fungus but not the same as ringworm), and although rare certain types of skin cancer.

      edit: ringworm is a fungal infection, much like athletes feet, it does not cause diarrhea!!!

  48. QUESTION:
    My Yorkshire Terrier Dog Will Not Stop Itching?
    We have bathed her, applied special dog shampoo and she is still itching like crazy, were going to the vet tomorrow. She is itching in a certain place, near her bottom right leg and its turning raw. When i go in the same room as her my eyes start watering and turning red. Could it be some kind of skin condition? she is quite old. Anyone know what this is? many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a friend that took his dog into the vet every six weeks because his dog continued to scratch and bite at her feet. Each time the vet gave cortizone shots and allergy pills to no avail. Then they thought maybe it was food allergies and they changed her food to no avail. Finally they took her to a vet dermatologist and she was diagnosed with a severe yeast infection in her ears and between her toes. A year of going to the vet with no success.

      If you find that whatever the vet has prescribed doesn't work try a vet dermatologist. Also try bathing her with Selsum Blue shampoo once a week make sure you pick the Selsum Blue with the RED cap, that helped my friends dog immensly along with all the medication she was getting, leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

      Good luck

  49. QUESTION:
    My dog has red bumps what can i do?
    My dog has red bumps on his private area and dry flaky skin around his body. His one ear is red and has wax in it.

    • ANSWER:
      Give him a bath with dog shampoo that has oatmeal. His ear is red and has wax possibly from scratching with dirty feet. It can be caused by active bacterial or fungal infection (Otitis). He could have a yeast infection. If his ear smells foul and it's runny then it's most likely yeast. Clean all his bedding in the wash. Wash the floors clean. Maybe even hose down the yard. He could have Staphylococci (‘Staph bacteria’) that causes dry itchy skin with red bumps or sores. Or Contact Dermatitis. It's hard to diagnose over the internet in words alone.
      Most importantly take him to the Vet have him looked at by a trained professional. His ear is stressing him out and weakening him. It wont go away on it's own. TAKE HIM TO THE VET... He is dependent on you to provide and take care of him. Another thing I have seen lately is the dog food uses corn as the main ingredient. Almost all of them now. I am almost certain they use Round Up Ready Genetically Modified Corn. That is a serious health risk to any living organism. Many dogs develop allergic reaction to it and it manifests itself in many ways. It weakens their immune systems, leaving them susceptible to infection. They also use Corn silage left over from the fermentation process in Alcohol production. In my opinion and that is not good but many disagree Another thing to keep in mind - that this is summer time and dogs like to lay in the grass on their bellies with legs stretched out to keep cool. It could be from the picky grass or even laying on pickers...Dogs don't seem to care just as long as it's cool.
      Please bear in mind I am NOT a Vet nor do I play one on TV.
      Take him to the VET soon please. Your dog will thank you...
      It's most probably an infection, either bacterial or fungal.


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