Systemic Yeast Infections In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are yeast infections in the ears of malamutes a common problem?
    I adopted a 5 year old malamute. Since January he has had one infection after the other. He has been on steroids, anti-fungal pills, and ear drops for a month solid. The vet is at a loss as to why he keeps getting them. Anyone have a clue?

    • ANSWER:
      It can be a problem. It depends on several conditions like food, temperatures/humidity & meds the dog is on. Meds like antibiotics & steroids will often cause certain types of yeast infections to occur. These 2 sites has great info on treating yeast infections in the ears & treating the whole body.

      http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com/what_causes_a_yeast_infection_in_your_dogs_ear.html

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Sometimes it can take a while for your dog 's body to fully change & to reject the yeast overgrowth. Read the sites & see if there is more you can do to help your dog.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best dry food to feed your dog when they have stomach issues?
    I have a 1 year old female yorkie. Every so often she has digestion issues. She has been to the vet had tests run and she is healthy. We are thinking that it is food allergies. What dry food would you recommend for a 6 pound yorkie (pretty picky)? When she is having her issues (mild spiting up or vomiting) what is a good thing to feed her? She is acting fine..........and still hungry but we are still in the testing stages of finding out what she is allergic to so she has the occasional vomiting.

    • ANSWER:
      Without knowing what your dog currently eats for food and treats, it is impossible to make a recommendation. Here are a few things you should know though.

      In dogs, there are allergies and intolerance's (like people being lactose intolerant). Allergies usually manifest in skin conditions, like hot spots, hair loss, itching, sores, ear infections, paw licking, and tear stains. Intolerance's usually show up in stomach problems, like vomiting and diarrhea. Both are diagnosed the same way, but an intolerance will clear up within days and allergy symptoms take up to three months to go away. Allergies can also be to things in the environment.

      First, you need to choose a food that has only one meat and one carbohydrate, both of which your dog has never eaten or not eaten in many months. Make sure to change or eliminate the treats as well. If the dog improves, then the current ingredients are ok, and you can try adding additional ingredients one at a time to see if you can find a trigger. If there is no improvement, your dog is allergic or intolerant of one or both ingredients, or has environmental allergies. If there is no improvement, you can try the trial again using different ingredients, or get medication from the vet to treat for environmental allergies.

      No matter what, you should start your dog on probiotics. Probiotics help support proper digestion and improve the immune system. This will help with allergies and general health. Fish oil is another important supplement. Fish oil is a natural inflammatory and can reduce swelling.

      Other possibilities are systemic yeast, acid reflux, or just plain eating too fast.

      If you suspect it is dietary, here are some brands to look into. Always read ingredient labels carefully, as each variety within the same brand can be drastically different.
      California Natural, Natural Balance (LID formulas only), Taste of the Wild (salmon or lamb only), Nutrisca, Nutrisource grain free, Innova Prime, Precise Holistic grain free, Orijen 6 fish, Acana pacifica, Go Natural.

      Here is a good article for you on allergies and systemic yeast
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  4. QUESTION:
    My puppy has very very bad skin allergys and I need help?
    My dog bella skin is so iritatted in on spot we tried medicine swittching her dog food. Im not the only one with this problem a few others said they are having the same problem. We have brought her to the vey numerous times. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      A single affected area, localized, is likely a hot spot, a bacterial skin infection that is not generalized over the entire skin, in need of removal of hair by close clipping, cleansing, and starting strong skin infection sensitive antibiotics, like the cephalosporin Simplicef, aka cefpodoxime, for a minimum of 14, up to 28, days. Your vet may not have tried the right antibiotic, or has not treated the infection long enough. Also, she must not chew or scratch the area. Usually, if it's itchy, the antibiotics, and potentially a systemic oral steroid, treat the itchiness immediately and the skin quiets and starts healing within 24 hours, thus they don't scratch at it uncontrollably.

      If you've done prolonged antibiotics already, and closely clipped and treated the wound at the vet's, then you may need to have the vet rule out Demodecosis, an infection of overpopulating normally existing demodex mites. This is ruled out with a skin scrape, and demodecosis is common in juvenile and geriatric dogs. If the mites are present, a skin scrape with a surgical blade scraping down to the follicle, deep enough to cause bleeding, will reveal demodex mites living in the follicle, deeper than they should be. Typically, they live on the skin's surface, cleaning it of dead cells and other detritus.

      Additionally, a fungal skin infection should be ruled out. A skin impression or tape prep may be necessary, staining the slide, and distinguishing bacteria from yeast, to rule out a fungal infection vs. bacterial only.

      Also, if the bacterial infection is secondary to allergies, a food allergy is only present in 10% of skin allergy dogs. But, reducing processing and by-products can help the immune system cope with the allergy. A homemade diet, frozen raw diet, or dehydrated food can help greatly with allergies. If the vet said she has allergies, try getting her tested at a veterinary dermatology clinic, verifying what agents cause an allergic reaction in your dog.

      The simplest explanation is a hotspot, or if not localized to a single affected area, a puppy pyoderma, affecting a large expanse of skin in the inguinal area, belly, armpits, and tailhead are the most commonly affected areas. Puppy pyoderma is a more generalized, very common skin infection among younger dogs. If Bella isn't really a "puppy" and is an adult, she my have pyoderma, atopy, or a fungal infection. If you've been to the vet more than twice in 4 weeks and she's still miserable, get a second opinion at another vet.

      Good luck getting her comfy!

  5. QUESTION:
    Anything else I can do for dog with ear yeast infection?
    My German Shepherd has had a bad yeast infection for a few weeks now. I recently got him (a few weeks ago) so I don't know if he had it long before I got him. We took him to the vet and he got a shot of cortisone, perscription yeast treatment to squirt into his ears, and aloe cleaning fluid. We cleaned them as instructed, which wasn't extremely productive with cotton balls, and used the treatment. We've also been giving him probiotics for a week or two now. (The shelter was giving him antibiotics for it!!) We also had his ears professionally cleaned, but within a day the gunk was back. He holds his ear down half the time and scratches it a lot; it really bothers him. Should I take him to see the vet again? What else can be done? Or does it simply need more time with the probiotics and cleaning? (He's not on the prescription anymore, but we still clean them once a week.) (He is on grain-free dog food.)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good article for you http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Not all grain free foods are good, and many are not good for yeast issues. Yeast feeds off of high starch, high sugar ingredients. Things like potato, tapioca, gluten, oatmeal, white rice, etc., will make yeast worse.

      First thing is to clear up the infection. Most of the time this means a course of antibiotics and daily ear cleaning. K9 Liquid Health is a great ear cleaner. Once the infection is cleared up again, put your dog on a raw or other fresh food diet free of any carb/starch source. Continue to use probiotics. Coconut oil is another helpful supplement to fight yeast. Your dog should improve and eventually stabalize on the raw diet. Once your dog is healthy and off medication, you can put him on a low glycemic dry food. Nutrisource grain free, Nutrisca, and Precise Holistic grain free are good choices.

      You will need to continue with frequent ear cleaning and probiotics long term. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    My dog is chewing herself raw + weird behavior changes?
    My 8 year old Mini-Pinscher mix is chewing, biting, and licking her skin raw, especially around her tail and butt. She does NOT have fleas or ticks. I just want to find some relief for her!

    Late last year we got a puppy and she used to play with him a lot, but now she won't play with anyone and hides under the bed or behind the sofa all day. Why is she acting like this? What should I do?
    Are these two things connected?

    • ANSWER:
      Daras is she balding in any of those areas? First, to offer relief from the itching you get ORIGINAL Listerine. Yes, the mouthwash found in any drug store. ONLY get the original (yellow) formula. Just dab on affected areas. I have used this for many rescues while they detox from systemic yeast infections. The alcoholic has a disinfectant quality, but this particular solution also numbs the skin a little which offers the dogs relief. Here's a post that I found online that discusses the severe itching issue: http://timitalks.com/?p=1903 When allergies and/or infection begin to overtake the dog, loosing interest in play is very common. There are other topicals to help relief itch but seriously, I've dealt with this with so many rescues and the Listerine (ORIGINAL) really offered the best relief while they were healing and it is safer than cortisone creams. If an area has puss due to severe itching, then cleaning with witch hazel and dabbing Neosporin will help. Check out that link so that when you do go to a vet, you have some knowledge to base your decisions on. By the way, if your dog does have food allergies (which is a systemic yeast issue) then a grain-free diet isn't a cure. Out of last 55 rescue dogs, 20 needed a special diet due to allergies. It's not just what is in the kibble ingredient, but what the line-up/ratio of the ingredients are that affect the GI tract. I've tried everything over the years and the #1 option I've found in this case is Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can demodetric mites eventually lead to an animals death?
    My pitbull/boxer mix has them and we have treated him several times and they keep coming back worse every time.. he is missing most of his hair on his underside and has sores on his skin that burst if light pressure is applied... I don't want to put him to sleep because he's such a good dog and seems to enjoy himself and life..
    also, i have already taken him to the vet several times and treated him with the dip bath, we have even gotten the shot for him, and i even ordered some herbal stuff and nothing works.. just answer the question, because i don't want to put him to sleep.. if it will kill him, i will, but if it won't, i won't...

    • ANSWER:
      This is a much more serious disease. It is difficult to treat successfully and the secondary bacterial infections, often staphylococcus, are very debilitating on the general health of the affected animal. This mite lives its entire life cycle deep within the host's skin, right down with the oil glands of the skin. It is not easily transmitted from dog to dog, except by direct and constant contact. It is unlikely to infect man.
      The condition is diagnosed by finding the mites or their nymphs in deep skin scrapings.
      It is easily differentiated from sarcoptic mange because it does not cause itching. There are two forms of the disease, known as squamous and pustular.
      In the squamous form, there is hair loss around the eyes, or muzzle, hocks, elbows, feet and neck. There is usually a scaly skin with a light grey greasy feel. The condition may remain at this stage for a number of years. If the animal is stressed, the condition will worsen - the hair loss will become generalized, the skin will thicken and the greasiness will increase.
      In the pustular form, the skin is thickened, wrinkled and inflamed. Pustules are present; these may become abscesses, or pus may underrun the skin. There may be irritation when this occurs. There is nearly always bacterial invasion in this form of the disease.
      Demodex may be treated with oral flea preventatives, used at the rate for flea control. These preparations should not be used on young puppies except under strict veterinary supervision. These drugs often take many weeks to express the damage they may cause the central nervous system, which may appear from any signs of vitamin deficiencies to wobblers disease and even skeletal abnormalities.
      If the disease is the pustular form, concurrent treatment with antibiotics to which the secondary infections are susceptible are essential.
      Demodectic mange treatment is also helped by increasing the general health of the dog with food supplements such as cod liver oil, yeast, kelp, vitamin C and ensuring that the diet is rich in digestible protein, and has some simple carbohydrates in it. Increasing the dog's general health will help towards healing the affected areas and improve the resistance to reinfection or to building up of a residual infection not removed with the initial treatment.
      Bitches that have demodectic mange, or those that have never coated up completely after treatment for demodectic mange should not be used for breeding. Puppies develop demodectic mange in the nest through constant contact with their mother, if she is infected.
      Demodectic mange is commonest in short coated dogs. This is because of the nature of the mite. It would more likely be brushed off the fur of a longer coated dog before it could enter the skin. But still it may occur in longer coated breeds, and these are even more likely to infect their puppies, because all puppies are born with relatively short coats.
      It is irresponsible of owners of dogs with demodectic mange to take their dogs into public areas where there are other dogs in close proximity. Certainly such dogs should never be taken to functions catering for dogs where there is close contact.=
      http://www.erinrac.com/articles/mange.html

      Many times a dog will have a skin condition that mimics mange but is not mangeThere are times when a dog may have a skin allergy that looks like mange but is not mange. There are times when a dog may have systemic problems such liver disease or thyroid malfunction that can cause a skin condition that is not mange but may look like mange. If a dog has an organ disease or malfunction, no matter what you do to treat mange or any other skin condition, the skin won't heal because the organ needs to be treated first. It's all a function of the animal's immune system. A properly functioning immune system is a primary factor in healing demodectic mange, or any other skin condition. If it's mange, our remedy will kill the mites. If the open sores have become infected, treatment with antibiotics from the vet is probably needed before the mange can heal.
      Veterinarian treatment would be extensive and require multiple visits, and definite diagnosis is frequently difficult. Stress levels must be reduced. It is essential and critical for dogs who are afflicted with demodectic mange to have their stress levels reduced. Whatever may be causing the animal's stress should be eliminated if at all possible. Much like puppies whose immune systems are not fully developed and are therefore more susceptible to an outbreak of demodectic mange, older dogs whose stress level has been elevated have their immune systems weakened. Consider what can cause stress for a dog: new home; new family member or loss of a family member from the home; new baby; additional pet in the home; pregnancy and birth which alter its hormones; new carpet; rearrangement of the furniture and where the dog sleeps; child starts school; illness in the family; major changes to your back yard; any major change in its environment, etc. These situations require additional love and attention be given to your pet with mange while you are treating the outbreak. The dog's environment must be cleaned up in the same manner as for sarcoptic mange. With patience, persistence and lots of loving care, repeated treatments can provide the proper conditions for demodectic mange to heal. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, it can take a few months for the skin to heal, the mange to clear up and the coat to return to normal. The dog's stress level must to be lowered so its immune system functioning can improve, and so healing can occur. Kill the mites and the skin can heal. Use the MAUI WOWIE MANGE BUSTER® Formula to kill the mites and keep fleas under control so the fleas don't aggravate the dog's skin while it is healing.
      http://www.mangebuster.com/Read_About_Mange.html?sid=be1a59bc1932388818d6b191099ba189

      This will not kill your dog but it can be a long term to be cured. this website will give you a link for another cure if u would like to try it. Never hurts to try until u find something that does work.
      changing the dogs food may even help
      innova, canidae and solid gold are excellant foods. if u are feeding science diet, eukanuba, iams or other commercial brand dog foods get the dog off of this as they have crap in it that causes more allergies and skin problems.

  8. QUESTION:
    My 3 1/2 y/o intact male golden has had hot spots for the past year, and is treated with cephelexin. When he?
    completes his meds, he is okay for sometimes 3 weeks... sometimes 8 weeks and then he gets them again. usually on his cheeks, top of his head, and chest. The last time he had them, they were on his trunk and back and now they are on his head and cheeks again. Never on his belly or legs or feet. I have done some research and have started him on a grain free diet and am thinking about going raw with him. Anyone have experience with the raw food diet or with basically chronic hot spots? He is very active, runs everyday, is bathed weekly, indoor dog (my baby). Any info would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have your vet re-evalutate your dog.. make sure it is not a yeast infection in dogs which usually spread more than hot spots. Take a look at this... http://greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  9. QUESTION:
    Dog food for Systemic Yeast Infection?
    Hello. My yorkie has been battling with Systemic Yeast Infection for 4 years. I've always had him a Precise product. (Grain Free – Lamb & Turkey With Garbanzo Beans and Sensicare: both dry). And they both have worked wonderful. The problem I'm having now is that he developed bladder stones and had them removed. Vet says his PH level is too high and if we dont cut down on the protein, he may develop them again. My yorkie is 6 years old and weighs 8.5lbs. I've been searching around for a food suitable for his condition while keeping the protein % a bit lower. Not having great luck doing so. Is there any advice or suggestions you have for me? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    @made you look: Both foods were 27% and 22%. His ph level has come down a bit since adding apple cider vinegar in his water supply daily.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Yorkie with skin problems. Could this be a food allergy?
    I am a groomer and have a client with a yorkie that even after I bathed him he smelled bad. After awhile he was diagnosed this yeast and was given Malaseb. Several weeks later he came in with a keratinized area on the back of his neck that was very red. The owners took him to the vet and they gave him another medicated shampoo, powder and a pill (don't know what exactly). I bathed him last week and his skin is just red as a beet. A groomer friend of mine says she think it's a food allergy. She recommended some kind of yorkie food,..." ? Gold" Any suggestions about this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      He may still have a fungal infection. Sounds like the owners need to have his skin cultured again for a followup to see if any yeast/bacteria are present in large numbers. He may have a secondary bacterial infection. If the yeast were not controlled with the shampoo, he could be given a systemic fungal control drug. Everyone always assumes it's food allergies, and it may be, but i would want to see the results of a culture....there are dog allergy specialists out there if an allergy is suspected. Their vet will probably have to refer them if he suspects it is an allergy.

  11. QUESTION:
    my dog has a ear yeast infection, dose anyone know how to help this or what it even is?
    she is a 4year old lab roxie and she plays all day with my small dog who bits on her ears i dont know if that is the problem but roxie's ear (even tho we have taken her to the vet and gotten treatment ) has red spots in it and the fur is like wet inside im worried please help!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Epi otic can be used to help clear a yeast infection but it sounds as though her ear needs further treatment.
      Make sure you dry the ear after cleaning.
      If the ear needs to be flushed I would have it done by your vet.
      You should not be pouring the ear cleaner directly into the ear
      It can be painful as well as stressful.
      Making ear cleaning a nightmare for owners and pets.
      Soaking a cottonball is enough cleanser.
      Massage the base of the ear
      Then clean/dry out the ear with cottonballs.
      For yeast infections vets commonly dispense animax or tri-otic.
      They have a soothing affect on the ear and treat the yeast.
      The skin of the ear may need some systemic antibiotics.
      I would schedule a recheck for the vet to reassess the ears.

  12. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. Help?!?
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. We've tried everything to help the little guy but nothing seems to work. We've taking him to several vets and he's had several antibiotics but they only seem to make it worse. Do you know of any home remedies that are safe and effective for curing this yeast infection in his ear? By the way, he won't eat yogurt, tried that already.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs with chronic yeast infections in the ear require systemic anti fungal medications. Usually an external ear canal infection is treated topically but if his is not resolving with just tropicals ask your doctor about oral anti fungals. Also some dogs with chronic ear infections or yeast infections of the skin should have there thyroid level checked. Chronic ear and skin infections can be an indication of hypothyroidism. Food allergy's can also exacerbate ear and skin yeast infections. If your vet is not covering all the bases maybe you should seek advise from another one.
      ADDITIONAL: Yeast in the ear of a dog is malasseziapachydermatitis, vaginal yeast infections are caused by candida albicans. They are similar oragnisims but not the same.

  13. QUESTION:
    my dog has a rash on her neck , what it is and what can i do to make it go away?
    she's even started to lose the hair on her neck i took her collar off thinking that what was what was causing it but its still there.

    • ANSWER:
      I just wrote about this for a guy who's dog had the issue with her tail. 97% of dogs, whose "owners" describe this problem, I've found that a systemic yeast infection is the cause. Sadly vets know NOTHING of this issue. Will incorrectly tell you it's allergies. Perhaps prescribe antibiotics...which make the condition WORSE. Steroids - again, make it worse. While a collar that is too tight, or made of "cheap" material (material that can't breath) can cause a topical allergic reaction, you should monitor it further and see how your dog behaves. Is he/she itching. What other symptoms? Please feel free to contact me at my site and when you contact me, tell me exactly what you feed the dog. Dogs susceptible to a systemic yeast problem must ensure they are not being fed kibble whose formulas aggravate the condition. Two APPROVED formulas I can tell you right off the bat are Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance (my fav for this problem) and Precise Sensicare Lamb formula. In the meantime, you can help ease the itch by dabbing on some ORIGINAL formula Listerine. Yes, the yellow mouthwash. It'll help numb the skin and ease the itch. Using before bed usually allows for a better sleep. Don't over use, the alcohol in it is drying.

  14. QUESTION:
    Probiotic chews containing yeast?
    My German Shepherd has had a pretty bad yeast infection in his ears for awhile now. We're treating it, and we were told to give him some probiotic chews to help fight it off. I bought some, and the first ingredient in them is dried brewer's yeast. Yeast in chews meant to fight off yeast infections? Or does the yeast in the chews not affect anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Brewers yeast is a form of dead yeast, and will not negatively effect your dog. It can actuall be beneficial. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-715-BREWER'S%20YEAST.aspx?activeIngredientId=715&activeIngredientName=BREWER'S%20YEAST

      Probiotics don't just help with digestion, they support the immune system. Since 70% of the immune system is found in the gut, it is critical to keep healthy digestive bacteria in balance. By increasing the numbers of healthy bacteria in the body, you can slowly begin to fight down yeast levels.

      It will also help if you eliminate anything with too much starch or sugar in the diet. Go to www.greatdanelady.com and look for her article on systemic yeast. Very informative.

  15. QUESTION:
    What's the quickest way to kill a bad yeast infection in a dog ?
    Please help.....I think my dog has a horrible yeast infection. She's a 20lb, Chi / mix. Her urine culture will be back from the lab tomorrow or day after, but she's suffering !!! If she DOES have a bad systemic yeast infection, what's the BEST, QUICKEST way to knock it out ???
    Antibiotics I assume, but which one ? She's on Amoxicillin now, just in case....will that help at all ?????? Please help !!

    • ANSWER:
      Antobiotics do not kill fungi, which is what yeast is. In fact, anti-biotics kill off the good bacteria that help keep the yeast in check.
      If it is a yeast infection, the dog needs to be on a good anti-fungal medication and probiotics from yogurt aren't a bad idea to help replenish the good bacteria.

  16. QUESTION:
    yeast infections in dog ears?
    i would like find a home remedy that i can make and clear up the yeast infections in my dogs ears

    • ANSWER:
      Here is several good sites for you to read & use.

      http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com/what_causes_a_yeast_infection_in_your_dogs_ear.html
      This one addresses causes & remedies if you click on the left side.

      http://www.vegsource.com/animal/dogs/messages/1013179.html
      Beware this solution will stain!

      http://zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      Please read all 3 before deciding what will work best for you & try to prevent your dogs from getting infections at all.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    Is caprylic acid safe to give to a dog? She has recurring yeast infections.?

    The vet just wants to put her on cephlaxin(anti-biotic) and she has been there, still comes back. No more anti-biotics. She has a bland diet (chicken and rice, all organic cooked), given acidopholis, cranberry supplemants, multi vitamin, fish oil, and unfortunately, previcox for arthritis. I am tending to thing that previcox is not helping either.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't use antibiotics anymore either. Taking certain antibiotics & steroids in a cause for yeast infections. Please read this link - it has good info on the causes & prevention of yeast infections.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    My rottie has HORIBLE ear infections, what is wrong with him! HELP! he crys every night! i dont know what 2 do?
    we take him to different vets and they say the same thing! the obvious it is an ear infection! they send him off with just meds! they don't tell us what it is wrong! is he allergic to something? his ear bleeds allot and itches constantly! if you can give any advice please help!
    MY POOR PUP NEEDS YA!!!! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of ear infection? yeast? bacterial? both? Has the ear wax been examined under the microscope and cultured? Is your dog on a systemic antibiotic if this is bacterial? What food is your dog on? Has he been thyroid tested? Ear infections usually have an underlying cause if they are chronic. This includes a foreign body in the ear, allergies usually to food and/or hypothyroidism. You might need to be referred to a veterinary dermatologist or a veterinarian who does better diagnostic work. It'll cost you some money but having a happy dog is well worth the cost.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a dog to have a yeast infection on it's skin and in it's ear?

    • ANSWER:
      It's very common. First the inside of the ear is actually skin. When the dog scratches his ear the yeast is transferred to the foot. The yeast will also grow outside the ear canal around the ear. In severe cases the dog may need to be put on a systemic fungicide along with a diet change and bathing in anti fungal shampoos. You need to consult your vet as to the proper treatment of your dog's problem.

  20. QUESTION:
    Dog Yeast Infection?
    Can someone give me a website that shows pictures of a dog yeast infection on its paws or pictures of a nail infection on a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      This site explains yeast infections & what is needed to treat & stop your dog from getting them.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      It does have some pics on there but I don't remember if any are just paws.

      If you don't know for certain thru a vet that you are dealing with a yeast infection, it takes more than looking at a pic. They have to take a sample & test the bacteria/infection. There are many types of infections which cannot be id thru pics.

  21. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps biting his skin please help!?
    My dog has hot spots on his skin and he keeps biting and scratching them ... the vet always recommends something that seems to make it worse .. i would really like to try something natural or at home ... he also has reoccuring ear yeast infections that hes had since he was small .. and once again whatever the vet gives me ends up costing so much just to find that it makes it worse and always makes it come back.. please help !

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, don't listen to the person who says you aren't fit to own a pet. Owning a pet is hard and you have to learn somehow. My vet was bad, and didn't act fast...as a result our cat died. My suggestion is maybe find a different vet, some just aren't as good as others.
      I looked around and here are some links about skin conditions and also yeast problems for your dog. I hope it helps

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Yeast-Infections-in-Dogs&id=1308080
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_yeast_infection_of_the_skin.html
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/diseasesall/a/itching.htm
      http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/skin.htm
      http://www.recoverysa.com/dermatitis_pro.htm

      It could be a skin condition such as mites or overheating- you can look through and see what fits, then do a search on Google on how to treat it naturally from there

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a yeast infection in my dog's paws?
    My dog has a yeast infection in her paws. We have been battling this problem for a while now. She has been to the vet and been through their treatments and we have changed her food a couple times also. She is now on Purina One Salmon, which is what the vet recommended. No treats. That way we know what goes into her body. This infection is driving my baby insane, she is always licking and digging at her paws and I feel so bad for her. She needs some relief and I don't know how to help her. It seems like the vet does't know how to fix it. They just give her antibiotics and steroids, but when the script is done, the yeast comes back. The food change hasn't helped, but she likes the food, so we stuck to it. I'm almost to the point that I go buy OTC meds for human yeast infections to see if that will help out my baby. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a really good article. http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      The food you are using is probably making the problem worse since yeast feeds off of starchy carbohydrates like white rice, oatmeal, corn, wheat, potato, and gluten.

      My dog suffers from yeast too. We switched her to Nutrisource Seafood Select and had a 50% reduction in symptoms. One of my clients put her dog on Northwest Naturals raw diet and had 100% recovery from yeast in 7 days. In my opinion, AAFCO approved raw diets like NW Naturals and Natures Variety are best, but a low glycemic dry food can sometimes help too. Look into Nutrisource (grain free only, not large breed), Precise Holstic grain free, Nutrisca, or Innova Prime.

      Although a diet change is necessary for long term recovery, you can treat the current symptoms too. Coconut oil can be rubbed onto the paws as well as added to the food. It acts like a natural anti-fungal and can assist in balancing the thyroid. Adding a probiotic to the diet will help balance the healthy bacteria (stripped away from antibiotic use), as well as support the immune system. A neem oil bath could also provide temporary relief.

      Good luck & don't give up!

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to treat a yeast infection on my dogs paws?
    I have an American Pit Bull Terrier who has a yeast infection on his paws. He's been to 4 diff vets and they treated him differently. One wanted me to switch him over to a vet diet but I didn't want to do that because he's already on a high quality diet(Taste of the Wild kibble, Blue Buffalo or Wellness grain free wet for bkfst, and instincts raw bison formula for dinner) and also because he has food allergies. This vet didn't want to hear anything about his allergies, he was more interested in making a "sale" of the vet food. The next gave me a medicated shampoo but he had an allergic reaction to it(he broke out in hives). The third treated him with steroids and antibiotics. They worked but once he was totally done with his prescriptions it came back with a vengeance. I finally took him to a doggy dermatologist but they want to treat it in the same manner, with steroids and antibiotics. Since I've been down this road I opted out of the treatment. Is there any kind of home remedies or OTC drugs that anyone can recommend until the doc is able to come up with some sort of treatment that won't make his situation worse?

    BTW: I switch between Taste of the awild, Wellness, and Canidae kibble every 3-4 months. Always grain free. The different flavors and formulas never make the situation any worse. He does just as good on all of them
    @ Dog Section Regular yes he chews his paws constantly. At first I thought it was the carpet deodorizer I was using so I discontinued that and he still chews his feet non stop. I switch his food often because he's a bit of a picky eater. He'll eat it for a while and then stop, so I switch to keep him interested. I always try to go with a formula that has as little ingredients as possible(for instance one or two major meats).
    @Dog Section Regular what's the name of the missing link stuff? I've also been adding seameal from Solid Gold. It had good reviews and it's supposed to help in this situation. Seems to help but not as much as I'd like. The purple stuff is it called Fortflora?

    • ANSWER:
      I specialize in this condition which is all too common and vets don't know a thing about it. Antibiotics make it worse. As do Steroids. #1 is what you feed the dog, contact me through my contact page and I will email you approved and avoid lists. The kibble, for those feeding kibble, that works best for this condition is Precise Sensicare Lamb formula OR Holisitc Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance. This is NOT a grain issue. Not by a long shot. There are other ingredients that contribute to the problem, such as carrots, peas and sweet potatoes if they occur in the ingredients prior to the seventh. (Oatmeal is NOT an aggravant in this issue.) It's more complicated than you need to know, what you do need to know is how to help your beloved. After detoxing over 32 dogs now from systemic yeast, which your dog does have, I know the drill and what will and won't work. Again, you are welcome to contact me but I highly suggest you pick up the Yeast Detox kit first, advise me and allow me to create a calendar for you to follow. I hate to see a dog suffer when there is help. The above two kibbles have worked for me every time. I lean toward the Duck BUT for Pitties, I like the simplicity of the Precise Sensicare Lamb. Other options that I have not used but whose formulas are "ok" for dogs with yeast are: Timberwolf Organics: Southwest Chicken & Herbs OR Lamb & Barely with Apples...also, Wyson: Anergen OR Synorgon. By the way, the paw issue is VERY common in Pits.

  24. QUESTION:
    red blister dogs paw?
    i'm wondering what it is in between my dogs toe area. its her front paw and it looks like a blister. she keeps licking it so i put lavender oil on it. think i should see a vet asap or wait a few more days see what happens.
    she is a 6 yr old choc lab just getting through a systemic yeast overgrowth. all her paws look super compared to about two months ago. she had real red itchy paws. but coconut oil has killed most of the yeast, she still has a bit of a yeast odor.
    however the problem right now is this eraser size blister between her paws. any help ideas? thank you...

    • ANSWER:
      it might have nothing to do with the yeast infection. she may have gotten something stuck in her paw and developed a blister from a foreign object. Tea tree oil is good for treating infection but it does sting so its best to dilute it. If she continues to lick it she will probably harm the wound so if in a few days it doesn't look any better, i would take her for a check up to make sure its nothing serious. They may pop the blister so the fluid can drain and then apply medicated ointment.
      I wouldn't rule out yeast infection entirely because it can cause sores on the skin but i hope its nothing serious :) good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    reasons for dog to be coughing/gagging..........?
    She was at the vet last week over her whole body yeast infection basicly, is on keto-pills and keto- dog shampoo for the yeast, and I just bought her Ivahart Max (for heartworm prevention and worm treatment and prevention...) she has lost ALOT of weight lately because she is staying outside now for the first time inher life and is more active and isnt a couch potato anymore, but she started coughing, gagging, w/ like alot of spit comnig up....she is perfectly FINE other than that......she is happy in between gaggings, which are every 10 mins or so and has been going on for about 2 days.....off and on, not ALL day long thought, off and on. I am taking her into on tuesday but waht could this be? she's up to date on shots........
    she's always been on heart worm prevention, with only a few times we were abouta week late giving her the pill, but always been on prevention..........i just use to give her Ivahart regular or Heartgard........just switched to ivahart max recently

    • ANSWER:
      I would assume it is kennel cough as in the common cold for dogs. What has she been vaccinated for and when was she last vaccinated in relation to her symptoms of a cough?
      If you did a bordetella vaccine, you might want to read this: http://www.belladogmagazine.com/health-wellness/308-bordatella-vaccination-for-dogs-fraud-and-fallacy

      Why is she now staying outside?

      As for the yeast infection, that is a system thing that wouldn't happen if her system were functioning properly as the body would keep the yeast in check naturally. If though a dog has a round of antibiotics or an immune system weakening event like vaccines(and all are immune system weakening some more than others), yeast has the perfect opportunity to take over.
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      The yeast is not on the outside, but coming from the inside out.

  26. QUESTION:
    My dog has a rough black skin and no hair on her tummy?
    My dog keeps licking and scratching her face stomach and her armpits. In these areas there is no hair, black tough skin(kinda like elephant looking), and it smells bad. I have took her to the vet once and they said something about allergies and a mild yeast infection, gave her a shot of steroids and antibi..lasted for 2 days and came right back. Is there anything I can give her..don't agree to much on shots and steroids pills. Does anyone have a clue what I can do? Oh I thought it was a food allergy so I changed her to a raw diet which is expensive..and will most likely be the last time I do that..But nothing has changed and she has been on it for 1 1/2 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like she has a yeast infection & possibly what they call "black skin disease". Here is good site on explaining yeast infection on the body & what you can to help out. You can google the black skin to see if it fits what is going on with your dog. She most likely has allergies also.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      I would go back to the vet & possibly get a referral to dermatologist vet if they can't help you. Read up then go to vet. When more info & understanding on your part, you might be able to form a different treatment plan for your dog besides the food. Good luck & as a groomer I know how difficult these issues are & had a westie with allergies myself.

  27. QUESTION:
    Candida yeast! PLEASE HELP?
    This is semi long so I'm going to make it as short as possible!!
    My dad is HORRIBLY sick and he HAS gone to the dr one day going to a health store he got paperwork on CANDIDA. YEAST he had every symptom and his dog carried this and just got back from the vet he told his Dr he believed he had this in his systom he DID NOT listen after about a month he kept saying please please I need something so when he went back for like 4th time the dr finally said "oh looks like a yeast infection" then the Dr cut him off from seeing him. He has been to multiple Drs with no isurance.
    Just wondering if ANYONE knows anything about this??

    • ANSWER:
      I got lost somewhere around his mutt having it...anyway..

      Are we talking about some quack diagnosis here? It's not his Doctor that isn't listening, it's your father. He clearly has no such infection. Local infections can in most cases be resolved with OTC anti-fungals. Systemic infections would require ICU therapy- he doesn't have that.

      Stay away from the quacks. They love candida and like to diagnose it based on vague, ridiculous symptoms.

      Edit: Note that consuming simple sugars has nothing to do with it.

      People who "believe" in alt.med seem to have absolutely no understanding of basic biology.

      Edit: Garlic won't do a damn thing.

      Edit: Systemic candida bacterial infestations? GTFO.

      Ignorance is rife.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can I use Cortizone for humans, on my dog ?
    My dog is SOOO uncomfortable....trying to lick her vagina, but can't really reach because she's small and overweight...she's twirling in circles and crying a little.....the vet said she has a yeast infection and prescribed TRI-OTIC, which says on the package that it's for dog's ears....but he said it would kill the yeast infection and stop the itching...but she's still VERY itchy ( or in pain - I don't know ??? ). It's only been 36 hours....but I feel terrible for her. I have some Cortizone 10 for humans in my cabinet...can I use it on her vagina ????

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive scratching, licking, and chewing can significantly limit the quality of life for pets. Although corticosteroid hormones such as cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, and dexamethasone provide rapid relief from inflammation and itching, they can also have negative side effects, particularly when used for longer periods. As a result, it is important to be aware of the non-steroidal medications that may be considered by you and your vet for relieving itching more minor cases and in helping to reduce the amount of corticosteroid hormones that may be needed in more severe situations.

      Itch relief products:
      Antihistamines
      Although they are typically not as effective in pets as they are with humans, your vet may try one or more antihistamines to to supplement a primary medication course. Unlike humans, histamines are not the major mediator of inflammation in dogs. Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton®) and other antihistamines tend to work more reliably with cats however some of the products that may be considered are: diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), hydroxyzine (Atarax®), and clemastine fumarate (Tavist®).

      COLLOIDAL OATMEAL SPRAYS AND LOTIONS - Same principle as above. These products pull inflammatory toxins out of the skin. Oatmeal products have become very popular and are available as shampoos, creme rinses, soaks, sprays, and lotions.

      HUMILAC SPRAY - This is a moisturizer which may be applied as a spray or mixed in water as a dip. It is helpful for dry skin but can also be used in combination with lime sulfur as lime sulfur is naturally drying to the skin.

      WITCH HAZEL - This product has a cooling effect on the skin which is soothing for both animals and for people with sun burn. It is available as a spray or lotion.

      ALOE VERA GEL - If possible, obtain 100% aloe vera gel from a health food store. Products "containing aloe" are much more available but are generally not as effective and not meant to be licked away by a pet. Aloe vera gel comes from the aloe vera succulent and contains enzymes which break down inflammatory proteins and enhance healing. Pure aloe vera gel is not harmful for pets who want to lick it off.
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      TOPICAL STEROIDS? - It seems clear that taking steroids orally may be harmful to the body with chronic use but are topical cremes safe for long term use? We now know that topical steroids (cortisone cremes and related products) are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream but the hormonal side effects with topical use do seem blunted. For small irritated areas (“hot spots”), topicals can provide excellent relief without the systemic effects of hormones.

      So it's probably safe to use the creme on your dog, as long as the product doesn't say anything against using on animals. If you're still hesitant call your vet and ask.

  29. QUESTION:
    Should I try feeding my dog yogurt to treat fungal infection and how much per day?
    I've done about 2 days worth of research on treating yeast infection, since my 3yo shih tzu was diagnosed with one the other day. You can also check my previous questions. I'm very hesitant on putting him on antibiotics or steroids, and anyway the vet did not recommend that (yet).

    My dog has fungal infection all over his body (not just in certain parts like many other dogs). Started with the ear. He's now on medicated shampoo, cream and switched to holistic hypoallergenic dog food.

    For a dog his size and age (shih tzu, 3yo)... how much yogurt should I feed him per day?

    Thank you.
    Oral antibiotics? Don't antibiotics suppress even the good bacteria, hence encourage the yeast (which is a fungus) to proliferate even more? That is why I won't give my dog antibiotics, esp. when the vet did not even mention it on the first visit.
    But antibiotics kill bacteria (whether good or bad bacteria), NOT *fungi*...which is the problem here.
    As I have said I HAVE BEEN TO THE VET. The vet did NOT even recommend antibiotics so I'm not just going to chuck in some antibiotics into my dog, esp. when it has worse implications.

    Yogurt is what kept coming up after some of the research I did and I guess I wanted to try it while my dog is under medicated shampoo. And why CAN'T it treat yeast infections? SYSTEMIC yeast infections root cause can also come from LEAKY GUT which has to do with the digestive system. Yogurt helps in conditions that disrupt intestinal flora, where the disruption encourages the overgrowth of yeast.

    I guess I just need a good reason if you say yogurt is bad "why" it is bad, not just say "it's bad" because you think it is. Thanks

    @Jane, thank you for your explanation. I'm aware some dogs are lactose intolerant, so I will try your recommendation and give my dog just a little bit to see the benefits or lack of. Thanks again.
    @Kissmycowboy Thank you also. Very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally fungal infections can only grab hold when the immune system is compromised due to some underlying problem such as low thyroid. Normally little or no therapy is given, however in the moresistantant cases, topical or oral antifungal medication may be necessary. Thoroughly clean the dogs environment as it can be contagious depending upon which fungi is causing the problem.
      Unless the fungi is controlled the disease can become systemic, meaning it can move to any one of the internal organs necessitating more intense treatment such as antibiotics and steroids.
      If and when your vet recommends more intensive treatment you should go along with it as simply using yogurt or creams will not get rid of the internal fungi.
      When using Yogurt, use only the fat-free non flavored kind and with your dog a tablespoonful should be plenty. Very few dogs are lactose intolerant.

  30. QUESTION:
    What probiotic do you recommend for a dog with a systemic yeast infection?
    What is the very best probiotic treatment you know of that has enough organisms/enzymes to really get the job done? Most people will probably suggest talking to a vet; I'd like to know what *you* think.
    FYI: This dog has seen at least four vets.

    Here are the symptoms: itching, chewing feet, blackened skin at the chewed site, chronic ear infections, bladder infections, coarse fur.

    The dog has eaten premium meat-based foods since purchase at four months.

    Of the vets, only one thought of food allergies, and none of yeast. The one that thought of food allergies offered me a sample of dog food that contained corn.

    I read the latest research. It's required for what I do for a living.
    I can't tell you how many vets I've encountered over the years have been completely unfamiliar with the latest research. I've been advised that the unborn pups in a dog infected with parvo cannot possibly catch it. (Fact-it can weaken their hearts and do other damage.)

    I've been advised to keep a dog on one food for life, as a change could cause diarrhea. (Fact: this can cause food allergies and nutritional imbalance.)

    I've been told a dog rejecting a food means she's spoiled and I should leave it for up to three days to force her to eat it. (Fact-rejection could be an indication of adverse effects.)

    A cat cannot catch canine parvovirus. (Fact: a Japanese study released in April demonstrated that feline parvovirus and canine parvovirus are now recombining in the wild. Possible the cat could be infected if the dog carries this strain.)

    Every pet owner needs to take responsibility for the health of their pet and make sure what they are being told is the truth.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    She is constantly getting yeast infections in her ears...?
    Has anyone used a powder to keep their dogs ears dry? I clean her ears regularly, but she keeps getting infections. She has the floppy ears and her vet told me that was the cause of the infections. Short of getting her ears cropped (which I would never do), I don't know what to do for her.

    She is going to the vet today and I was going to ask about getting a powder for her. She does have two different kind of drops we use to treat the infection, but I am wondering about preventing them.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Home remedies? Anything?

    Also, she is on a home made diet due to allergies and we added yogurt to her diet every day, but it hasn't helped.
    Yes, she does bite her paws. They are usually red because of it. This is the reason for the home made diet. Not that it really helped with the allergies, but we kept it up because it seems healthier than what we can buy in the store. It also helps because she has digestive problems and would get diarrhea all the time.
    Wow, Thanks everyone...Great links and giving me alot more questions for her vet this afternoon.

    • ANSWER:
      Ppl have already posted 2 excellent links for treating ear infections. This site explains how yeast infections effect the whole body & how you can help control it.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Reading all 3 links will give you a great start on treating & controlling the problem. You may need to switch your dog food to a grain-free allergy formula. I suggest Natural Balance allergy free formula. I have quite a few clients who use it for their dogs with great improvement all over from allergies & yeast issues.

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/PandD.html

      This is their link & you can try several different varieties to find one that works for you.

  32. QUESTION:
    Dog with demodex mange?
    I am fostering a dog with generalized demodectic mange. She's doing really well now. She is approximately 2 1/2 years old and there's really no way to know when the mange became an issue so I don't know if this is something she's had since she was a puppy or it began as an adult dog. I do know this makes a difference in their ultimate prognosis. Her skin is back to normal and her fur is coming back but she does still have a bit of a smell (nothing like it was). She's on antibiotics and ivermectin, a skin supplement and skin sensitive food.

    My questions are for anyone who's dealt with demodex in an adult dog. How long did it take for them to be completely healed, how long did your dog have to be on meds? Did it come back?

    • ANSWER:
      As a rescuer, I deal with and treat it regularly. I can tell you this, I never put a dog on Ivermectin. Time and time the vet would tell me, "He won't get better without it. You're hurting the dog by not giving the meds" and yet, I cured each rescue successfully without it. I highly, highly recommend the Demodectic Mange kit I link to below. Additionally, I would suggest that you either put the dog on the Yeast kit I link to below or choose to get the "multi-vitamin" (micro-algae). I get it, he's already on Ivermectin so, what can do but that med is soooooo toxic and creates other health issues. The benefit of the Yeast kit (which will rid the smell as the dog has a systemic yeast infection in the GI tract, that is where the smell comes from and why you can't wash it away)...anyway, the benefit is that it will help boost your dog's immune system - which Ivermectin breaks down. The Holistic F3 (micro-algae) is HIGHLY effective and even if you only afforded to use it for 2 months, it'll benefit the dog and the recover immensely. The Demodectic Mange kit I recommend, that actually DOES rid the dog of the mange and in a natural way.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why do Shih tzu dogs smell so bad???!!!?
    Uggghhh my roommate has 2 Shih tzu dogs and they are the sweeeeeetest things, but I CANNOT stand being around them because they smell so bad!! I feel horrible because they follow me around the house and wanna be right with me every step I take, but I can't stand the smell of them. Even when I give them, baths they will smell like the shampoo for one day and then its back to the old stench. My mom also has 2 shih tzu dogs and she treats them like GOLD and always has them clean & groomed, but even when I hold them, I still have to wash my hands after. Its not as bad as my roommate's dogs, but its still a funky odor. Why do Shih tzu's smell different and more odorous than other dogs? Is there any kind of shampoo maybe that is specifically for super stinky dogs? I swear it must be a genetic thing... I'd imagine there is a shampoo for Shih tzu odor. ANY HELP?? =)

    • ANSWER:
      One of the big 'stinkys' with Shih Tzus when they are younger is the fur growing on that short little nose pokes right back into the eyes, irritating the eyes to death and causing mass tearing which then falls under the eye, sits on the lower eye area and becomes hugely infected. It is VERY important to be clipping that fur under the eyes and on the top of the nose area very frequently so as to stop the vicious circle.

      Many times when a shih tzu turns middle aged and older, they develop allergies which seem to ooze out from their skin and they get very 'yeasty' with yellow ick oozing from the toes, throat, back and ears especially. It is usually a systemic yeast infection and I would bathe with Chlorahexadine medicated shampoo but that is only treating the results of whatever is inside tearing them up. The best treatment would be going to the vet for the internal remedy so the whole mess will stop destroying the skin organ.

  34. QUESTION:
    bald itching spots on my dog?
    I have had my dog for 3 years now, 5 months ago i was in the process of buying a house, which i let my dog live with my mother in law while i was fixing things, she was there for roughly 3-4 months, with in that time she had gotten pregnant by my brother in laws dog. thats not what im worried about(just figured id tell the whole story) when my dog left she had a beautiful coat nice and chocolate brown, when i got her back she is missing fur , alot. she had spots on her face and some are bleeding, she had bald spots on her butt, and the hair on her spine and her sides and thinning out,she is always biting and scratching even after i bathed her. the day i got her back from my mother in law i gave her a good bath and flea medicine(no fleas since)and used hot spot medicine( i got her back october 30) on that day she gave birth to her 13 puppies, so i can no longer use the hot spot medicine. im wondering what you guys can think this is, i know yall will say bring her to the vet, and im working on it, but i need some sort of temporary treatment or something. at my mother in laws they kept her outside, and they have red dirt. if you guys have any ideas what this might be and some treatment ideas please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      Like humans, when dogs get pregnant they can get a whole lot of odd problems that weren't present before the pregnancy. It could be an allergy to a food, to the ground, or to something else. Also, depending on the environment and possibly even the food, it could be something called systemic yeast infection which causes the dog to become red, itchy, dry, and can make them chew their hair out (sometimes it comes out because of the skin's condition). It could be a fungus as well. If you know your dog is not allergic to, or will not have a bad reaction to 20/25 mg Benadryl (or the generic version), i recommend giving 1 or two tablets depending on the dog's size, just to see if it helps with the itching. If that cannot be done, just wait until you get to the vet and see what he/she says about it. My golden retriever used to get hot spots because of a horrible skin allergy and we never did find out what she was actually allergic to, but every autumn and spring she'd chew her hair off of her sides trying to get rid of the itch.

  35. QUESTION:
    Something cheap and easy for dog hair regrowth?
    I adopted a dog I rescued from the streets in HORRIBLE condition. He had a terrible case of fleas which would be my guess as to why he's bald from mid-back down..? I've been giving him multivitamins thinking it would possibly help but after some time, I've seen VERY little progress. I want my precious baby to be full and handsome again!!! Any suggestions for some cheap and easy way to help him regrow it? We're on a tight budget and any suggestions would help. Thanks.
    I've had him for about 2 months. Its NOT mange. It seems like his skin is dry. Considering the condition he was in when i found him, he's improved greatly. I can't understand how someone could abuse a dog like that and just kick him out on the streets. I give him a bath when he really starts to stink or look dry because i have shampoo with moisturizing elements just for dogs like him.
    And as for dog ownership and a tight budget not computing, i simply mean i don't have a 120$ to drop on a tiny bottle of something for my dogs hair to grow. He is fed properly and given the things he needs and spoiled rotten for that matter. 100$ is just too much to spend on something like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Kayla, while fleas can irritate and cause some hair loss - that is likely not your dog's problem. It sounds as if your dog has a systemic yeast infection in the GI tract. This creates hair loss, scaby itchy areas and, over time, a variety of other issues. The "special" shampoo you speak of won't help the dog. For right now, I would recommend you buy a shampoo that is an Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal shampoo. Don't worry about the dryness right now. In the future, I highly - highly recommend NEEM pet shampoo which is great for maintaining a good PH balance in the skin. To help your dog, please detox your dog from the systemic yeast. The Nzyme kit below is what you need. Equally important, you need to ensure your dog is getting good nutrition and not eating a kibble that will irritate the condition. If you feed your dog kibble, please immediately switch to either Precise Sensicare Lamb formula OR Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance formula. Fresh food is also a blessing for your dog, but the right fresh food. Plain chicken, turkey, lamb. Apples. Broccoli, Asparagus steamed can all be blended in filtered water and mixed with the kibble to give your dog live nutrients. Kibble is processed. It causes skin issues and systemic infection in some dogs. Just life. The best thing you can do is provide the right supplements. The Nzyme kit is a HUGE asset. After the detox, simply feeding the Nzyme Granules & BakPac will be good. Or THE best "multi-vitamin" I've found on the market is the Holistic F2. Nutrition is key and not all multi-vitamins are equal...or beneficial. FYI: the detox is a commitment. If you're not willing to commit, then at least to the "Partial" kit supplements - change the food and use one of the recommended shampoos. The Neem is great for dry skin, but I do think you may need an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal at the moment. You decide.

  36. QUESTION:
    dogs with yeast problems?
    My dog has pretty bad allergies (she was tested, and is allergic to grass, dust mites, mold/storage mites, pine trees, pork, rabbit, and a couple weeds mainly..the highest is dust mites) The vets have tried different drugs and she has a special balanced diet for her needs.

    I've been able to control her skin reactions somewhat with medication. But she stinks...she wears a shirt at all times that I wash/change every day. When I take her shirt off, it reeks..like yeast and mold. She gets a bath once a week (the vet said bathe no more than that)

    But I keep wanting to address her skin..I think maybe she has a yeast problem, and her skin scrapes do show more yeast than normal..not as much as I'd guess by the smell though.. I asked the vet about pills to treat yeast, and the vet was very negative about it, she said there are none that would be good for her because they're strong medications (my dog gets seizures after certain chemicals/meds..like certain antibiotics)

    So the vet concentrated on her diet, she eats nothing that can aggravate yeast for example..
    I asked the vet about shampoos..she recommended a few to me, 4 are prescription shampoos I tried, but the very next morning after a bath the smell is just as strong.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for the yeast, maybe an idea the vets haven't though tof yet. The vets have had to focus so much on her allergies..like testing for them, and treating her bacteria infections, getting her on a diet that works for her, choosing supplements, medications, etc. So I thought i'd ask if anyone knows what can help yeast here... because the yeast seems to be caused by her original problem, and the original problem seems MUCH better..now it's just the yeast...

    Thank you.
    Uh...well yeah. She came from a shelter, so I guess you can say I'm cleaning up someone else's mess at my expense, but that's my choice, I decided to rescue so this is what I got.
    thank you all..I forgot to mention the vet said I can try tinactin (the spray you'd buy in a pharmacy for people) I've hesitated doing that because last time I tried a for human treatment on my dog she immediately had pain and whimpered (I had tried a tea tree lotion on her, washed it off immediately, but she already got red sores from it) I can get the allergy shots in the summer, when I save up more, where she was allergy tested (heska.com) makes the shots/serums too. But I really think this yeast is now separate from allergies..I think her allergies have gotten under control and this is a leftover problem.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a foster dog who had a serious systemic yeast infection..... it took taking in him to four different vets (the rescue people did) who actually made it worse by prescribing steroids before I finally talked the rescue into paying for his visit at this one particular vet

      the systemic infection was so bad that at apx 4 years old he had lost most of his teeth due to on-going thrush

      that vet treated the yeast infection... then, after that was under control (apx 6 months) then he addresses allergies (blood tests & allergy shots)

      It took about a year to get that dog to health with manageable allergies

      I am happy to share with you all the things involved, just email me off-list

  37. QUESTION:
    Dog section. For those that know about..?
    Homeopathic veterinary care? There are no vets here that do titer tests. Closest is 5 hours away. In Minneapolis. I never go there except to pass through on yearly trips to NC and OH. All the same trip. No vets in rural NC do it, and I found 1 vet in Akron, OH, that does it. Come to find out you need to book an appt. 3 mos ahead of time. We only knew a few weeks ahead of time when we'd go, so that didn't work out. So now I'm saying to heck with it and not even going to bother with titers. My question is are there others on here who don't bother with routine vet care due to similar reasons? My dogs don't need booster shots. Animals are far too overvaccinated. I forgot to mention that vet also requires several visits. My city also doesn't require vaccines, except if a dog bites someone or another animal.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, where do you live? Id move just to avoid rabies laws.

      Try going to a vet to get blood drawn and sending it off to hemolife for titer testing. Her prices are good from what I have been quoted by others. I got my dogs thyroid panel done and she was the only one out there that seemed to understand what I meant when I said systemic yeast infection. The vet thought I was crazy saying it couldnt be allergies granted she was allopathic.

      A big issue with titers is they dont measure immunity, just recent exposure so even if they are low, doesnt mean immunity doesn't exist. Check out novaxk9s yahoo group.

      To the above, rabies is self limiting and needs to be a choice. It sent my dog into a mess of issues. Thankfully they wont need another one till 2013, but that is two years away. I am around my dogs enough to know if they got bitten by something rabid anyway.
      Not to got too into it, even if the dog is vaccinated, a bite too close to the brain will result in the dog or animal bitten getting rabies.

  38. QUESTION:
    my dog has spots on his stomach?
    I've taken my dog to two different vets. He has spots on his stomach and hind legs. He has had this for the past year and a half/ the spots are small and they get crusty. he licks and gets them red. The vet has said that it's either flea bite or from the heat in the house. We have snow and the fleas should be dead by now/ He was so bad when I took him to a new vet that he had to shave his whole back and sides to the tip of his tail. He told me that all the spots had bacteria growing on them and we had to spray him and get the bacteria off. we did and he was clearing up. Now it's back. Can anyone tell me what this could be if anything else other than flea bites and what can I do for him.
    He never has had fleas. There are no fleas in the house. It's not a food allergy. He's not itching or scratching. Just licking the spots. What else could this be.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, props for taking your dog to the vet and being proactive, that shows you love him and want whats best for him. Skin issues are always tough because there can be so many different causes, but there are many different options out there to get to the root of the problem.

      First I would eliminate the possibility of Flea Allergy, and have your house treated and make sure your dog is current on his flea preventative, sometimes it takes giving it every 3 weeks instead of 4, or switching to a different kind. Fleas can actually become resistant to a particular flea preventative. Often times, when the temperature gets too cold for the parasites outside, they move inside your house. Make sure the pest control sprays EVERYWHERE- all floors and your crawlspace/ basement too. Fleas are adaptive little things and can live everywhere from under your deck to between your hardwood floors.

      Second I wonder...has your vet prescribed any oral antibiotics or maybe tested the skin to see if there is a yeast infection as well? Topical medications work great if the problem isn't that bad, but sometimes it needs some stronger/systemic treatment as well.

      Your third option, and one we recommended at our day-practice to any dog who has continuing skin issues, is go see a specialist. Dermatology specialists can determine if there is another cause that maybe you might have missed before.
      Dogs can have allergies just like humans, so sometimes they need to get allergy tested to see what they are allergic to. Then you can either eliminate that particular thing from the environment or their diet, or get them allergy shots, to help neutralize the allergy.
      If the derm vet specialists see that its not allergies, they may recommend Blood work. Sometimes continuous skin issues are actually a sign of a particular condition or disease that needs to be treated from the source and not just symptomatically.

      Goodluck and don't give up.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is going on with my dog's skin, is it the shampoo?
    Here's what happened. Last month I noticed my dog's skin was very pink. To make the story short, he is diagnosed with a fungal infection and is allergic to the fungi... this explained the red, bumpy spots all over his body... it's not just yeasty ears.

    The first vet took a skin scrape and looked at it under the microscope and said it was fungal. She recommended an antifungal shampoo for pets with 3 ingredients, 1 of them is miconazole (I think that is how you spell it).

    The thing is, after a week or so I didn't think the shampoo was enough to clear it. Plus the vet did not really advise me to do anything else aside from the shampoo and switch to Holistic dog food.

    I went to see a second opinion. The vet took samples and it turned out it really was a fungal infection. So now that one is cleared up, she gave my dog 2 shots, one for the fungus and the other is an antibiotic to treat the "secondary" infection caused by bacteria.

    I was so happy because in just a few days his skin really improved. I did pay a lot though because that was one of the most expensive animal hospitals where I'm from. Still it's worth it. The vet told me to still maintain the medicated shampoo, and since it's miconazole instead of ketaconazole, it's unlikely my dog is allergic to the shampoo (she said some dogs are actually allergic to ketaconazole, the stuff in Nizoral). Another prescription premium dog food was recommended.

    It's been 2.5 weeks now that I've been washing my dog twice a week with the medicated shampoo, as recommended. I noticed that every time after the bath and I'm drying the dog, the red spots become very obvious and bumpy...like he broke out with chicken pox.. Earlier in the morning I totally noticed it again after bathing him. It freaks me out because why are the red bumps coming and going?? And right now, it's evening.... the red spots are hardly visible and his skin color is more of a pale pink than a very bright, reddish pink. It's as though he's totally cured again.

    Are the bumps a normal reaction to the anti-fungal shampoo? It's confusing for me because I actually think the combination of the injections and shampoo are working but maybe the skin reaction is temporary and just part of treatment?

    Thank you in advance for your input, would really appreciate it...
    BTW I live in a tropical country, it's either warm or rainy season..maybe that might be important info.. for 3 years my dog never had skin problems though.
    Thanks for giving your perspective on this. I would love it if the infection was entirely cleared, but it's just hard to believe if he got the injections only few days ago... it may look much better but maybe not "past" the infection. Of course we are seeing the vet again soon, that is part of the maintenance. 2 different vets recommended the bath twice a week and even to leave the shampoo on for more than 5 minutes (one said 15 mins. the other said 10 mins.), which left me to give them a bit of trust since I don't claim myself to be an expert on dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a reaction of sorts, possible a type of hives, to something in the shampoo. How long did vet tell you to continue the shampoo? No, I am not aware of red bumps being a normal reaction to shampoo.

      What type of food are you feeding? Have you done any research into the BARF diet (raw food and bones) ? Does your food contain grains, potatoes, yeast ? Feeding raw changes the Ph of the body so as to not enable yeast to thrive. A commercial diet of meat, grain free, no potatoes, and no yeast can also have benefits. You might also want to look into apple cider vinegar (google apple cider vinegar in terms of systemic yeast infections) and the MANY benefits and uses of this, as far as changing the PH of the skin making it a very inhospitable environment for yeast to live.

      One further thought. Yes, your environment makes a difference...warm, humid weather can absolutely play a part in the yeast situation. But you state that dog was ok for three years. His immune system is unable to fight off opportunistic yeast now. Diet change would be first thing I would check into (raw has many benefits) unless you feel that his diet is good as it is right now, as well as researching other types of things that support and strengthen immune system...and there are many options to research.

      Check out apple cider vinegar; I think it could help this situation, especially if used in conjunction with other things aimed at eradicating a systemic yeast overload. And check into raw to see if you would consider it. The benefits are huge, especially when the main problem here is that the dog's skin is supporting yeast growth, and the way to turn this around is to make it so that skin will NOT continue to provide this area where yeast will flourish. While there are things that work from the outside like the shampoo, things that address the issue inside out (like food, supplements ) absolutely work to change Ph of the body.

      I do not believe for one minute that this problem is done. Some yeast may have been eradicated, as well as an overlying bacterial infection. Stay on this with your vet and I truly belive that there are ways to work with this when you start to truly understand that the problem is partially one of the immune system and the body's inability to fight it off, and the skin providing a breeding ground for yeast overload.

      Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    Help With Dog Food? (20 Characters)?
    I have a Shih Tzu that eats Taste Of The Wild...she itches ALL the time, she has ear infections & I feel really bad for her! She used to eat Merrick (which has grains in it) & didn't itch this much, but she did itch. I really want to help her, I can't feed her raw & I thought Taste Of The Wild was the best food, but I guess not for her.

    I am considering switching her to Wellness Core...has anyone with a dog with allergies had success with this food?

    What are some HIGH QUALITY food that have helped your dog?
    I don't know that it's food for sure. She also chews & bites her paws. What else could cause this? My other dog didn't scratch at all until I switched to TOTW...and she does now.
    Also, the Vet told me to give them Benedryl...I really don't want to cover up the symptoms, I want to fix the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      For most of the fosters who I get that have food allergies.. I have good success with
      Natural Balance LID

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/allergy.html

      I usually try Duck & Potato first.. and that works most of the time

      I had one that nothing worked until we tried Sweet Potato & Venison

      make sure you make your transitions slowly (despite allergies)

      and consider allergy testing to find out exactly what will or won't work if LID fails

      I had one foster... that nothing worked for.... turned out his primary allergy was various grasses.. he had many, many allergies & had developed a systemic yeast infection.... and, because the issue was grasses, he had to take allergy shots (we had no means to remove grass from his world)... once he finished allergy shots and also finished treatment for systemic yeast infection, he was fine on Duck & Potato

      EDIT TO ADD: Benedryl does help... I understand your point of view & keeping a dog on a lifetime of Benedryl is not a solution... but short-term, it will help get the dog's histamine reaction under control, at least until you can figure out the real root of the problem

      If his feet are the itchiest part of him... then consider ruling in things like the cleaner you use on your floors, carpet powder/spray, chemicals that you use in your house or yard, including pesticides and herbicides... try getting your carpets steam cleaned... but with no chemicals in the cleaning process.... you want to get rid of any chemical residue... clean everything in your house with things like vinegar or borax

      and see if the change from a chemical environment to a non-chemical environment at least helps

      because so many people turn their animals in to rescue when they have health problems, and because I foster rescue animals, I have gotten rid of chemicals that can cause problems many years ago... sometimes, just one week in a non-chemical environment is enough to cure what looked like food allergies

  41. QUESTION:
    i have 3 bassett hounds one has really bad skin and smells does anyone have a bassett like this?

    • ANSWER:
      No but I have groomed them and boy do they stink!

      There are many, many reasons that dogs can have bad skin and smell.
      1)Sarcopic mange - bald patches that are progressing. Itching. Caused by mites. Contagious to you and other dogs.
      2)Demodex mange - bald patches that are progressing. Itching Also caused by mites but is linked to a immune system problem that is most likely genetic. All dogs have these mites. Not contagious.
      3)Staph infection - this is likely with all skin conditions as it is a byproduct of chewing and scratching. Contagious if you have breaks in your skin.
      4)Yeast/Fungal infection - this is likely also with chewing & scratching. Some are contagious.
      5)Allergies complicated with staph and/or fungual infection.
      6)Ringworm a fungus also. Contagious.

      I think that a vet trip is in order.. Dog will need antibotics for staph infection. Fungual treatments include dips or baths and/or systemic medications. Sarcoptic mange can be cured. Demodex can be controled.

      Severe allergies are the trickest to cure and may end up being the root of all of this. But you won't know unless the main issue is cleared up first. Usually bad, foul stink is infection. Allergies cause scratching, breaks skin and things start happening! But, if after you get the infection cleared up; they don't stink but are still scratching, you will know if you have a problem here. This will become a reoccuring problem.

      Many dogs have bad skin due to diet. They are allergic to their food ingredients/additives. Changing the diet helps. Suppliments can help here too.

      Bassett hounds have a smell about themselves normally but since you have other bassetts, I don't think this is the issue.

  42. QUESTION:
    What could this be on my dog, bald patches and lots of itching?
    Ok, I have a Shih Tzu mix that had a spot on his neck that seems like it took forever to go away. We took him to the vet and the vet did a skin scraping and said it wasn't mange and gave us a bottle of stuff to put on it. Well, Since this is a Shih Tzu his hair grew out, we had the spot on his neck shaved so we could see it better but since he has so much hair we thought that was it. We decided to shave him this weekend because he was getting bad mats. He has this curly hair that mats like no other dog I have owned. Once we shaved him we noticed 4-5 spot on him that are bare without hair and dry looking. He didn't used to have these spots. Obviously since his hair was all grown out we couldn't see them. I was just wondering what this could be. I'm taking him to the vet as soon as I can get him in, which is going to be this week sometime. I don't think it is ring worm because me and my husband haven't gotten anything as of yet. Last time I came in contact with a dog that had Ring worm I got it all over me.
    I must add that the bald patches are small (size of a finger print) and they aren't clustered, they are spread out and not red at all, just skin colored.
    Opps, I hit the wrond button, I meant to give you both a thumbs up :)
    Well the spots that he has are not caused by itching. He rubs around on stuff a lot but he can't itch in certain spots to the point where his hair would fall out from it. They are mainly located on the top and sides of his back, places he can't reach with his foot and also places he did not have matting. He was mainly matted on his ears and his back side. He looked too funny only shaving some of him so we just went ahead and shaved all of it.
    I have owned Shih Tzus, I have another one that I have no matting problems with. This is a mix, he has curly hair and we have brushed him a lot, he just keeps getting mats. For some reason the top of his ears mat really bad. We have tried brushing them but he won't let us do it frequently enough to take care of it. Like I said, he mats like no other dog I have had before. I have owned sevral long haired dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog likely developed alopecia due to an infection, maybe it's systemic. They scraped some skin cells off, looked at them under a microscope, and found out it wasn't mites (so it's unlikely mange), but perhaps fungi/yeast (they should've told you). This was the same diagnosis my Shih Tzu had.

      Apparently Shih Tzus easily get hot spots. You need to communicate better with your vet. What's that "stuff" in the bottle they gave you? I should mention that there are some anti-fungal shampoos (whether for pets or humans) that some dogs are allergic to. This condition is going to be a trial-and-error thing. You try the anti-fungal shampoo for a couple of weeks, then switch to a different anti-fungal shampoo to see if there will be better improvement or worse.

      You might also have to change his food or give him skin and coat vitamins - my vet suggested these and it worked very well, in lieu with the anti-fungal shampoo (had to try 2 different ones before finding an effective one he wasn't allergic to) and Atarax. He used to have very reddish-pink skin due to allergies and red spots all over as opposed to the usual arm pits and ears that Shih Tzu's get. After going through efforts with the vet, his skin totally cleared, no more red spots. Got these results in just 2.5 months. His only problem now are his ears, which the new prescribed ear spray has cleared in just 2 days (medication is still ongoing).

      The first part is the hardest, because it will seem that the condition will never go away, or will keep coming back sporadically. It's really like having dandruff or pimples, some days will be good and others bad. Anyway brushing your Shih Tzu's hair everyday or at least every other day helps tons. You got a Shih Tzu...their hair WILL matte easily. Use one of those combs that have teeth really close to each other, a brush with rubber bristles, and the one with hooked bristles (if your dog's hair is long enough already). It doesn't take much to brush them for a few seconds everyday. Or let your dog stay indoors all the time except of course when out for a walk. I don't believe matting happens just like that overnight. Good luck. Hope your Shih Tzu gets better soon.

      EDIT: BTW, I forgot to mention, please don't try your own "home-remedy" on your dog and work closely with the vet instead. Don't put anything ELSE on your dog's skin aside from what was prescribed. If it's indeed a fungal or yeast problem... anything that helps yeast grow (yes, that includes oatmeal and other grain products) can make the condition worse. It really depends, because your dog could have an allergic reaction to the fungi (the itching), the more the fungi, the more the itching, which could result in sores, which then result in secondary bacterial infection, which would call for antibiotics, which would lower your dog's immune system...you get the point. Be careful. That's all. Of course I'm not certain this will *definitely* happen, and I'm not a vet, but if u do a bit of research even online, you can learn to prevent it and make a more informed decision.

  43. QUESTION:
    My dog has chronic ear infections.?
    My sweet little beagle is 7 years old and all his life he has suffered from ear infections(usually 1 to 3 a year). He's on an organic, no grain, food. So we've essentially ruled out food allergies as the issue(although he does suffer from seasonal environmental allergies). I don't mind taking him to the vet and getting the antibiotics, but he's been using the same one for 7 years now and I wonder if it will start to become ineffective soon. I was wondering if there's a way to treat these infections without antibiotics(it's always the same kind, yeast). I'm also not a huge fan of antibiotics myself, as I avoid using any type of medication unless absolutely necessary. I have a cleaner that I use to clean out his ears, but he always manages to get an infection at least once a year. I do not want my boy to suffer, so if there isn't another way, I am more than happy to take him to his doc and get it taken care of :)

    • ANSWER:
      You should read this article:

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      The potatoes and tapioca in most grain free formula's make yeast problems worse. Try Nutrisource Grain Free Lamb, or Nutrisca grain free foods. If you are able, switch to a commercially prepared raw diet.

      My own dog has the same issue and has done amazing on the Nutrisource grain free lamb. A customer of mine had a dog with terrible yeast growth on the skin. She switched to Northwest Naturals raw food and the yeast was 100% gone in one week.

  44. QUESTION:
    My cat, has crusty sores on his back and tail. He doesn't have fleas.?
    Does anyone have an idea of what it is..mabe ringworm? How do i treat him.

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to make an appointment with the vet to determine if the cat has ringworm, or possibly allergies. Skin conditions can come from a variety of different sources. I have had several cats in the past and currently that have allergies to fleas (which I know you already stated your cat does not have, although an allergic reaction can be caused by only one flea), but another common allergen in cats and dogs are allergic to corn which is the main ingredient in many name brand cat foods.

      If your cat has ringworm, it may need an anti-fungal from the vet or a topical cream to help it clear up. If your cat has allergies, you may need to change it's diet, or, if absolutely necessary, get an allergy shot to clear up the skin condition. You could also try a pet-friendly hydrocortisone spray or a baking soda mixture to alleviate any itching until it clears up.

      You can find more info on possible skin conditions at http://www.nzymes.com/Articles/Instructions_for_systemic_yeast_infections.htm#bakingsodarinse

  45. QUESTION:
    Is allergy bloodtest accurate for dogs?
    My boxer has bad allergies, causing runny nose, eye "boogers," sneezing, itchy feet, recurring ear infections -- and most recently, pea size welts under skin and scabs on back (no fleas, I've flea combed him and I use Frontline monthly). He is going to the vet this afternoon, and was hoping to get a little info before I see the vet. The receptionist said they would want to do allery testing (bloodwork only) instead of steroids.

    Is this bloodwork accurate? I thought skin testing was more accurate, but my vet doesn't offer this. I want the best for my dog. I also don't want to pay 2 for a test that is only 50% accurate.

    Does anyone else have a dog with allergies? If so, how did you treat him? My dog currently takes 4 Benedryl a day, and gets drops in his ears weekly, but it only helps with some of the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok..So please read this because your dog sounds like my dog did a year ago: As the site below states, recurrent ear infections is a dead giveaway for systemic yeast.
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      If you think it is allergies, here is what she says to do:
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/allergies.htm

      The vet recommended allergy testing and with my dog fed raw, I was basically like there is no way he has any food allergy.I insisted the vet do a thyroid test, which came back IMO borderline as in all below 50%, but Dr. Dodds thought the results were normal and recommended testing in a year. So with the test listed as normal, I proceeded with the nzymes system recommended by the great dane lady and kept my dog on the raw diet. I also used K9 ear solution to clean his ears recommended by the great dane lady. A year later my dog is completely ear infection free, doesn't have itchy feet, and is off the benadryl. He is also off the supplements and ear cleaner without recurring ear infections.

  46. QUESTION:
    Min Pin Ear Infection.....?
    Ok , my mini pin got an ear infection from swimming in the pond , now while I know it is very uncomfortable for him , it is not an emergency so I have cleaned his ears thoroughly. I have some 100mg Simplicef tablets that the vet prescribed for another of my dogs. Can I give him the whole 100mg tablet or should I break it into? It is an antibiotic and I know it wont hurt him but too much can upset his stomach, so will the 100mg tablet be fine to give him???
    No as a matter of fact Im not a vet, perhaps that is why I asked the question instead of already knowing the answer! And if you are not going to offer a solution then save yourself time and braincells and dont bother anyone who needs help not opinions. --------But thank you however to the vet tech for your help I really appriciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't give him the antibiotic! Ear infections are rarely treated with systemic antibiotics, they respond much better to direct placement ointment antibiotics, and his ear infection may not even be bacterial so antibiotics wouldn't help anyway. The most common type of ear infection is a yeast infection (especially after swimming). Make an appointment for an exam with you vet. In the meantime you can clean his ears with a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts warm water twice a day. Pour a little of the solution into the ear and massage the base of the ear, then let him shake it out and wipe with a cotton ball. The vinegar changes the acidity of the ear canal and can help control the yeast. Hope he feels better!

  47. QUESTION:
    Does anyone suffer from extreme fatigue?
    I am a 26 year old woman, 5'6 125 pounds. I have suffered from extreme fatigue for as long as i can remember. It is the feeling like i am drugged up on something and my eyelids feel a hundred pounds. I have extreme brain fog, and forget things left and right. (i do not take prescription drugs)I dont know what it is like to wake up and have that refreshed feeling. I wake up feeling like i did before i went to bed. I go to bed pretty much the same time every night, i dont eat fast food maybe twice a year. I take a pre natal vitamin (im not pregnant) and fish oil pills. I exercise several times a week with my dog. I also work and volunteer at the humane society. I keep myself busy because it numbs the pain of the fatigue. I feel the most tired when im doing something relaxing like watch tv or sitting in church or just kinda laying around the house. The tiredsness makes me sometimes cranky and irritable. Im getting married next june and i want to be a good wife (especially in the mornings when im most crankiest). I dont know what to do, it is almost debilitating but i refuse to let this control my life. If i could i would be fine with sleeping 12 hours a day and i would still feel unrested. I dont snore in my sleep and i dont have breathing problems. I do get stuffy noses at night sometimes. I rarely ever remember my dreams and i fall asleep pretty easily, usually i can sleep through the whole night. I need help bad, i cannot afford the doctor, if anyone can help me i would be forever grateful!!

    • ANSWER:
      that sounds EXACTLY like me. i am extremely tired all the time, however much sleep i get, it's worse in the mornings and however much sleep i get doesn't seem to make much of a difference.
      i've been feeling like this for a couple of years now but it seems to be getting worse. i've done lots of research and have been to the doctor too. they tested me for anaemia and thyroid malfunction, both of which were negative.
      i have done lots of 'google research' too. it came up with sleep apnea which i don't think applies to either you or I since we don't snore. There's also restless legs syndrome if you move you legs about at night this may apply.
      I have also been reading up about systemic yeast. My tiredness is coupled with frequent yeast infections and sinus problems/colds. The stuffy nose may be an indication...
      Apparently, if you have taken antibiotics, eat a diet high in carbs/sugar, are on the pill, these things can all contribute to a systemic yeast infection which is an overgrowth of candida in the body. i have cut out sugar and also products made with yeast from my diet. i haven't seen much progress yet but it's early days.
      conventional doctors don't believe in systemic yeast, and i'm not sure if i do yet (i will if i get better!) but it may be worth looking it up and seeing if the symptoms apply to you...
      That may be totally irrelevant to you but just thought i'd mention it since your symptoms do sound similar to mine.
      Have a look at the website in my source box...
      Hope you feel better soon!

      (edit)
      OH, also,
      you can check if you have anemia by pulling down a lower eyelid, if it's white or pale pink then you need to take iron supps, if it's red then you're fine.

  48. QUESTION:
    My male Weimaraner has really itchy, red skin (esp. ears/belly). How can we help him without medication?
    And he stinks, too! We've tried Benadryl and that helps just a little, and we've tried several different brands of premium dog food - with no results. I really want to give the poor guy some relief but don't want to dope him up with the vet's expensive histamine pills every day.
    I should have added, the vet pills aren't that much more effective than Benadryl, which is why we stopped using them (in addition to costing a pill!).
    Also, the vet diagnosed him with allergies but doesn't know the source of them. Said they could be his food or environmental.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you can choose to do one of a couple of things. You may wish to look for a vet who can & WILL do allergy testing. One such test is called the Liquid Gold allergy test, or you can look for a holistic vet that uses NAET allergy testing. It is both easier & actually more profitable for your current vet to just keep giving you medicine, vs diagnosing the dog's allergies.

      Therefore, I suggest a NEW vet. (Yours isn't doing what is best for your dog.) Long-term steroids (the most common treatment) can be very detrimental to any dog. (They suppress an overactive immune system). They hide, but do not FIX the allergy. If your dog develops a secondary skin infection, it can go systemic & become lethal, if you supress the immune system with steriods, not to mention making the dog extremely hungry/thirsty & risking him develop Cushings disease.

      If your vet was more knowledgeable, he would know that dogs, show different symptoms (as a rule) between: contact, food & inhalent type allergies. A dog can develop an allergy at any time to something he was OK with before. Seasonal allergies ebb & flow dependent on the time of year.

      You don't give any background on how long this has been going on etc.
      Benedryl may help some (but it is primarily an anti-histamine). Give 1 pill every 8 hours, for a Weim. Apis montana is a holistic granule you can give, which also helps (when 3-5 are placed on the gum every 4 hours).

      I strongy suspect from your description of ears & belly it is a food allergy (at least in part). It could be a combo of several allergies. Often food allergies encourage yeast ear infections & paw licking/chewing, anal licking chewing, scrubbing the body back face on the carpet or furniture. The interior of the ears stay bright pink.

      If you aren't willing or able to test him ($$) for allergies, I suggest you start an elimination diet. That means take him off all foods with GRAIN (the number one most common food allergy) asn grain is also very inflammatory feeding any infection or infection. Use a food only one protein source & one carbohydrate source such as Calif Natural by Innova. You have to remove all dog treats/biscuits, too. If the dog improves after a month, you can add back one new ingredient, per week. Note any itchiness. Another option, is to add fatty acids (such as fish oil) which can help decrease inflammation & itchiness. See this link: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1662&articleid=666

      Acupuncture can also help balance the immune system (which is currently out of balance) & help relieve some of the problems the allergies are causing. In Chinese medicine, the liver is the base of all allergies. It can be helped thru acupuncture.

  49. QUESTION:
    Questions about my beagle? Eating problems and Ear Mites?
    I have an 8 month old beagle named Hanna. She is an overall amazing dog and I love her very much. However, lately she has been getting some problems and I need some advice on them.

    Okay, first, for some reason she doesn't eat all her food. We feed her Beneful puppy food, the vegetable and chicken mix. We feed her twice a day, in the morning around 7am and at night around 5pm. The problem is, she never eats all her food! We give her about a cup of kibble, and she either only eats half of it or none at all. Whats wrong? Are my feeding amounts/intervals okay? Should I switch foods? My mom does sometimes feed her extra pasta after we eat our dinner, even though I tell her not to, and Hanna eats all of that. Help?

    Her other problem is she has an ear mite infection. We got these ear mite drops from walmart, and they seem to be working a bit, but she still scratches/shakes her head ALOT. Any ideas on what I should do to help out along with the drops?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog needs a vet to determine what type of infections she has. Delaying will only cost you more & cost your dog more in pain & quite possibly her hearing. Ear mites are common in cats & not common for dogs. Most likely your dog has an ear infection & not mites plus any OTC drops are not going to be strong enough to work.

      You are feeding a really crappy food with pasta both of which have probably led to her ear issues. Ingredients like corn, wheat & other fillers often cause allergic reactions like yeast infections in the ears & all over their skin. Feeding 2 small meals a day is fine & go by the recommendations on the bag for how much. Here is a link explaining how yeast infection affecting the dog body & what to do.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Then this a link showing what you need to for in a quality food & what to avoid.

      http://www.acreaturecomfort.com/ratingpetfood.htm

      Take you dog to the vet for proper treatment & buy a much better food which Iams, Science Diet or Pedigree are not.


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