Dog Yeast Infection Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dogs yeast infection?
    we have a pure bread pitt bull who has been scratching for about the last 6 months or so. it's been getting worse lately; he is to the point where he draws blood from scratching so much and is loosing hair from scratching; his skin is bright red where he has lost hair from this. his ears are also red and irritated. he sometimes cries out when he's scratching himself because it hurts him. someone told me that their dog had similar problems and that it was yeast infection. she said that she used a home remedy but couldn't remember exactly what the ingredients were; so what i'm wondering is; what is a home remedy for a dog's yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First you don't know that your "pure bred pitbull" has a yeast infection. You need to take him to a vet to find out what is wrong with him. He may be allergic to the food you are feeding him or it could be a number of things. And shame on you for letting your dog be miserable for the last six months.

  3. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of and preventing dog yeast infection?
    My dog has been having bad skin problems. He itches a lot, gets bald spots, smells bad, and has grey elephant looking skin. I took him to the vet a few months ago, and he did a test and determined he has a yeast infection. The steroids and antibiotics helped it get better, but it just returned once he was off them. What should I do for my dog? Dont I need to find the source? Could it be his food? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      you could try a grain-free limited ingredient diet and apple cider vinegar ... when i put my very allergic dog on that diet with the vinegar added to the kibble breakfast and supper, she never had another yeast infection (ear, skin, otherwise) again ... natural balance makes limited ingredient diets (try to pick a protein source your dog has never had before) and they make kibble, canned and treats ... use organic apple cider vinegar (raw and NOT heinz from the grocery store, if it has mothers, bonus) ... my dog was fifteen pounds and i added about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on top of her kibble twice a day ... it is cheap and very effective ...

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter ointment for a yeast infection for a dog's paw?
    I think my dog may have a yeast infection or bacterial infection between his toes. He constantly chews at his paws, causing them to become extremely sore. Is there an over the counter remedy for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the drug store and buy some " Bag Balm ". It comes in a small green can and works wonders. I use it for my pets and myself for any skin irritation. Read the can, it was originally made for farm animals. Love that stuff.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can shaving a double coated dog cause yeast infections?
    My MILs golden retriever has been having yeast infections on his skin and other problems since they've been shaving him and i was just curious.
    I'm not the one who shaves him. I don't agree with shaving double coated dogs it's my in laws dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe. I never thought it was a good idea to completely shave a long hair dog. I had a Golden many years ago we cut her hair ourselves three times a year and let it grow long in the winter but never shaved and never had any issues.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a dogs' yeast infection?
    My dog has this awful smell and we looked it up online. We saw that it was very common for the type of dog we have to get yeast infections, but we aren't sure if that's what he has. He seems to show the symptoms for it. He is also very old.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the location. It usually causes redness, dark brownish-red discharge in the ears. On the skin, it prefers warm places, like the arm pit or groin area, but can affect anywhere. The skin gets red, irritated and itchy ( of course!), and has a sweet odor. With chronic infections, the skin will darken, and get thick, like elephant skin.

      The easiest way to tell is to have your vet look at a swab of the skin/ears, to see if there is any yeast. There are many treatments, most topical unless the condition is severe. Please go to the vet, for his comfort.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is reccomended for yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pitbull gets horrible yeast infections all over his body. Currently I am giving him 1 probiotic acidophilus daily plus 1/4cup yogurt and 3 benadryl twice a day. He also gets bathed with antifungal shampoo several times a week. What should I be feeding him?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try feeding a novel protein food such as venison, bison, rabbit, or duck for at least 12 weeks to see if it helps (and you might have to try all of them), or you could feed a hypoallergenic food such as royal canin hp for at least 12 weeks to completely rule out food allergies.

      if its not food allergy related, feeding a high quality food is still recommended. also adding in fish oils would be good. 180mg/ 10 pounds of body weight.

      add- NANCY B, yeast infections can be and often are the results of allergies! food and environmental. do some research before spouting off false information.

      if its from environmental allergies, a medication such as atopica would be beneficial.

      add- NANCY B (again)- your answer is just wrong. a yeast infection is NOT a type of staph (ph not ff) infection! yeast is a type of fungus while staph is a type of bacteria. antibiotics and sulfur are used to treat bacterial infections. antifungals are used to treat fungal infections.

      there are two types of antifungals. topicals and oral. topicals include shampoo (which the owner is using), creams, lotions, wipes, and sprays. oral antifungals are extremely hard on the liver and since the animal has to be on them for at least a month and at high doses, they are usually not recommended. topicals are the best route to take. hence the bathing with an antifungal shampoo.

      now, all the antifungals in the world arent going to do a damn bit of good if the underlying cause isnt addressed, hence the reason for changing the food. if a food allergy is the reason for chronic yeast infections, then putting the dog on a hypoallergenic food will help prevent future yeast infections. if environmental allergies are the cause, finding out what the dog is allergic to and addressing it will help prevent future yeast infections.

      once again for clarity: yeast = fungal. staph (ph not ff) = bacteria. antifungals treat yeast. antibiotics treat bacterial infections.

      oh, and bag balm will also not do a damn thing to treat a yeast infection. and why would you want to add more moisture to a moisture problem?

      add- how do you know its seasonal? age has nothing to do with when allergies develop or what type.

      add- okay dr nancy, explain:

      acute moist dermatitis? aka a hot spot (bacterial infection). i am so glad to know you have a crystal ball that allows you to diagnose a dog via the internet.

      pred? why? not every vet is quick to jump on the pred bandwagon and how do you know the dog hasnt already been treated with pred. besides, if it is a food allergy or something like hypothyroidsim or cushings disease, pred wont help and can potentially make things worse.

      skin scrape? what will that tell you? dogs with mange usually have bacterial infections not yeast.

      allergies are seasonal and an animal has to be exposed to an allergen twice before it develops an allergy? clearly you have no clue how allergies develop.

      just because the dog has been on the same food, doesnt mean it cant develop an allergy.

      min pins arent prone to allergies? wtf? this dog is a pitbull and any dog can develop allergies.

      go msu? again, wtf?

      please email me if you wish to continue discussing this matter because doing it this way, like your answer, is ridiculous.

      oh yeah, and even if it was acute moist dermatitis, putting bag balm on it will only make it worse.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can supplementing a dog with omega fatty acids aggravate a Candida(or yeast) infection?
    My dog is recovering from what I belief to be a yeast infection(Vet wouldn't say.. She simply said "Secondary infection from flea allergies".) It is almost gone, but where it is/was, it was always super oily, not dry like most skin infections.. So I'm assuming supplementing an oily dog with oil would be bad, right? Just checking, because I've read about all the other benefits of giving dogs omega fatty acids.

    • ANSWER:

      Derm caps may actually help.
      Derm caps are a balance of omega 3 and 6 with vitamin e.
      Try a shampoo like hylyte 2 days after flea prevention treatment.
      Make sure to fully rinse the dog and brush.
      Brushing daily will help stimulate the oil glands to work properly.
      If oiliness continues I would try an anti seboreahic shampoo from the vet.

  11. QUESTION:
    Today my dog's groomer said he has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears. How can the groomer tell?
    I took my dog to get groomed today. The groomer cleaned his ears with a wipe and when he removed the wipe, there was a little bit of ear gunk. Normal stuff like we get. But then he said that my dog has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears.
    How can he tell?

    • ANSWER:
      Many times due to the smell, and the 'wetness'
      You may want to check your dogs' food.
      I had a basset, and he was constantly going to the vet for ear infections (Yeast can turn into ear infection)
      Anyway, I'd pay like for vet visit, get 10 days of Antibiotic, 11th day-wham, another ear infection, back to then vet, another , another 10 days-
      Eventually, he put him on steroids.
      I started to do research, and found that corn was one of the biggest allergy triggers.
      And what does an allergy look like?
      Scratching with no fleas, excessive shedding, hot spots, and ear infections!
      My guy had them all!
      I was feeding a grocery brand food, not knowing any better.-didn't realize it was all artificial colors!
      I started using Nutro Natural Choice, lamb & rice.
      Ear infections went away!
      Scratching, shedding and hot spots- gone!
      Nutro is 100% guaranted to improve skin and coat and, guaranteed for taste!
      Can't go wrong
      I no longer have to spend all that money on vet visits, or medicatin.
      Give it a try!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. QUESTION:
    What can I use to treat an irritation in my English Bulldog's facial folds?
    I have a 10mos. old English Bulldog and he has developed a moist skin irritation and/or minor yeast infection in the facial fold under one of his eyes. This problem is quite common among the breed. I wanted to find out if anyone knows what type of ointment or solution can temporarily be used to treat it until I take him to the vet next weekend? Thanks for your opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Peace on Earth has already given you the correct answer:

      as a groomer this is the response I have been trained to give many owners with this same question,
      "English Bulldogs are prone to developing yeast infections within the folds of their face, for this reason owners should prevent the bacteria build-up by wiping out the folds via the use of a warm, damp cloth daily. When signs of an irritation or possible infection occur, continue to clean the folds out in the same manner so long as it does not cause the dog any obvious discomfort, and of course speak to your vet about these types of concerns as soon as they arrive to avoid any major skin irritation."

      You are a step above most of the owners I've already spoken to about this as you already are aware that this is a common problem and you know to take your dog to the vet for it. Many owners I've known will wait until the skin within the folds of their dog's face will be completely raw and infected, then the owner brings the dog to the groomer to be cleaned expecting that the smell from between the folds will magically vanish after a bath, of course by this point the groomer can only refer the owner to a vet because the skin irritation has become a major medical problem.

      Good on you for researching your dog's specific care requirements and loving him enough to seek proper medical care, you are a step above many others on this forum!

  14. QUESTION:
    What causes a dog to get a yeast infection all over her body?
    She lost her hair.Her skin felt like elephant skin.She couldn't stop itching.
    I took her to the vet but they gave me no specific reason she may have got this infection or what may have caused it.

    • ANSWER:
      There are certain breeds that are predisposed to this disease such as cocker spaniels , basset hounds, and dachshund. It is usually caused by conditions of high humidity, and temperature, your dog could have a hypersensitive condition such as allergies especially food allergies, there could be defects in the normal way the skin sheds making it more susceptible for a yeast infection, certain hormonal diseases also could contribute to this as well it could also be a genetic predisposition. It would be important to rule out allergies because it is likely to recur if the cause of the allergies are not determined. Just to note yeast infections are not diagnosed by skin scrapings but by impression smears from the skin.

  15. QUESTION:
    what herbal or home treatments can i give my dogs for yeast infection?
    their ears are stuffed with brown to yellow yeast and there is no other bacteria found in them. i have bee going to the vet twice since and still they have it. though it went down greatly that their not so touchy. but i hate to go for the third time and pay another 140$ for they wont give resupplys until they check him. im hopping for herbal stuff besides vinager.

    • ANSWER:
      You've got a lot of good answers so far!
      I also wanted to mention that the food that you are feeding could be contributing to the problem though.

      There are so many grains and unnatural things in kibble dog food that can cause problems for them its unbelievable!
      Food sensitivities and allergies can cause a great deal of ongoing skin and ear problems for dogs!

      You might want to try switching over to a 'grain free' kibble and do ALOT of research on dog food and canine nutrition! You will be amazed at what you learn!

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone dealt successfully with Clarida yeast infection in a dog?
    It seems to start with a flea allergy, goes into hot spots, then darkening smelly patches usually under forearm area and neck creases. I feed her enzyme rich food.(Eagle Pack) Have tried adding yogurt to her diet and tried many skin remedies for the intense itching.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog has major allergies as well and gets that stupid yeast infection in her ears all the time. Cortisone shots seem to help but that can get expensive. I give my dog benadryl and that works great, simply sleep has the exact same ingredients and sometimes is cheaper. No need to go with the name brands the cheap stuff works just as well. It makes her a little sleepy sometimes and other times she gets wound up. I put a little peanut butter on a cracker and stick the pill in the peanut butter. Also for her skin I use an oatmeal shampoo and when she is still a little damp I rub cocoa butter with shea butter lotion into her coat and skin. She absolutely loves this routine and likes the rub down with the lotion. At first she tried to eat it all off but then discovered she felt so much better with it in her skin. Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    My Boston Terrier seems to have a skin fungus in the crease of his eyes, how can I cure it at home?
    I have tried putting an antifugal cream (made for yeast infections), how can I cure it at home?
    Can I buy something at Petsmart?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog needs the vet - his eyesight isn't anything to fool around with. And you NEVER use anything on a dog made for people unless its at the direction of a vet!

  18. QUESTION:
    what cures dogs skin yeast infection?
    After some research I think my dog may have a yeast infection on his skin. What's a good cure? Can I feed him or lather him with yogurt? I know yogurt can keep humans yeast at healthy levels.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a dog that had skin yeast infections all it's life. I tried cortisone shots...helped, but no cure. I tried dips...not much help at all. Vet then put her on ketoconizole...that helped greatly and she stayed on it til she died this year at 14. I also found out, when she was about 8, that she had thyroid problems that contributed to the yeast infection. So for the last six years of her life she took thyroid pills and ketoconizole. That pretty well kept it under control.

      Papaw

  19. QUESTION:
    My 4 month old golden retriever has red itchy bumps under arms and scratches constantly.What is the cause?
    He scratches and bites and no fleas are present only little red bumps and rash like symptoms under his arms, on his belly, and under his neck. I need answers this is not good. Is it a yeast infection or something else i don't know about?

    • ANSWER:
      Take your pup to a vet, they are best at diagnosing and treating pet skin ailments. A yeast infection is possible because yeast does live in the moist areas but my guess is that this is unlikely. More likely it is fleas, mites, scabies or some other biting critter. Check the base of the tail for signs of fleas. The mites are too small to see so the vet will do a skin scrapping (painless) and look under a microscope. The good news is all these things are treatable. The bad news is that if you don't treat the dog, you may get them next.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you know if a dog has a skin or fur problem?
    I give my dog a bath every other day but when I get home from work he always smells like he hasn't had a bath in weeks. Does he have some kind of fur problem?

    • ANSWER:
      If he still stinks after all those baths he needs to see a vet. Dogs get yeast infections on and in their skin. Itchiness and soreness (redness) are signs, but some dogs just suffer in silence. Also, look in the ears, yeast is famous for hiding there and causing all sorts of problems.
      You are bathing him too much. He only needs a bath once or twice a month. Long haired dogs need brushing but not bathing every day. All that wetness causes yeast infections.
      A vet can give you meds to clear it right up.
      Good Luck

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get yeast infection? How can it be homeopathically cleared?
    Female dog had spay surgery and had antibiotics, and has had a bad odor since.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs get both urinary yeast infections and yeast infections in the skin...the skin infections have the foul odor. I had a Boxer for 14 years that had skin yeast problems all her life..caused by allergies, and by thyroid problems. She was 7 before we discovered the thyroid problem and thus we treated her with dips, cortisone shots, and gave her ketoconizole as a maintenance medication to combat the yeast. When we got her on thyroid meds, that, along with the ketoconizole, pretty well kept it in check..
      I guess what I'm saying is, there is no effective homeopathic treatment for yeast infection. Let your vet evaluate the dog and choose a regimen of treatment for her. Could be temporary, could be chronic...Good Luck1

      Papaw

  23. QUESTION:
    I have a scottish terrier that has what I believe to be a yeast infection on his skin.?
    He has lost patches of hair with scabby sores, is very itchy all over, and his coat has become very greasy. He does not have an odor though. I took him to my vet who said it was fungal and gave me a medicated shampoo, the problem is that after two weeks, I am not seeing much of an improvement. Does anyone have any suggestions that may have been through this with their dog?
    the vet did a scraping and checked for mites, there were none, but he said he did see fungal organisms

    • ANSWER:
      They can get skin infections which are caused by bacteria or yeast. If the dog is clear for demodex then you probably just have a skin infection. Sometimes they will have allergies and from the itching they will get a secondary infection. You need to get the itching taken care of so you can get the skin cleared up. It sounds like you need a antihistamine and something for the infection. There are a few different types of meds for skin so it depends on what type of infection it is. Yeast can be a little tough to take care of, but with the right meds it shouldn't be a problem.

      Please dont feed ol Roy. There is excellent dog food on the market for allergies and I would go for one of those. Your vet will have Rx diets or you can pick them up from petco or petsmart. I like Natural Balance Duck and Potato, Proplan Sensitive skin and stomach (Salmon), Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato, Wellness Allergies, also if you try a allergies diet you cant do anything other those indigents. If you feed a venison diet than you cant feed chicken based treats. Stay away from corn, chicken, beef, and all by-products.

  24. QUESTION:
    What kind of food should I feed my dog?
    My dog has skin problems and he always smells dirty and was red in color, we've tried many different diets but it doesn't seem to get much better. The most recent food we've tried lately had salmon and potatoes, but it seemed to make his skin smell just as bad but more like salmon. What should I be feeding him to help with his skin problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Only 10% of skin allergies are associated with diet.

      He may have atopy, the more common cause of skin problems, a skin allergy associated with environmental allergens, be it pollen, dust, excess moisture, etc. Atopy will not abate with a diet. Often, any current infections need to be treated, then prevent and control future "breakouts" and allergy reactions with antihistamines, or prescription strength cyclosporine, such as Atopica.

      The red/rust coloration is due to salivary staining of the hair usually. Red, inflamed skin is another color indicator of discomfort. Moist, sticky discharge at paw pads, in facial/lip/dewflap folds, and anywhere on the skin is another indicator.

      Often, they have yeast and bacterial infections, secondary to the allergy. These infections do generate a malodor, pungent, sour and "yeasty" being the best description.

      Ensure he's free of ectoparasites, especially fleas, which can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions also. Prevent infestations with monthly prevention, using veterinarian approved effective, safe products only.

      Therapeutic bathing is also beneficial, with antibacterial, antifungal, and antisebhorreic shampoos, that set for at least 7-10 minutes prior to thorough rinsing. Using them once to twice weekly helps resolve infections.

      Your vet will have differential diagnoses, and help you clear his current problem before you try preventing future infections. He may need 2-4 weeks of antibiotics, antifungals, and steroids for his current problem.

      Most commercial diets do not benefit food allergy dogs (the 10% of skin allergy dogs that do wind up having food allergy). Raw, unprocessed diet is usually the best influence on food allergy dogs, as it requires less digestion time and resources, has readily available protein, packed with water, and has no by-products or plant-based carbohydrate, major contributors to skin and GI problems.

      Add high concentration omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) in the form of fish oil to his diet also, as these also help improve skin and coat health.

  25. QUESTION:
    What kinda of ear infection does my DOG have?
    i realized a month ago that my floppy ear malti poo has a very dry and flakey ear. Just the one.
    its slightly red and seems like it really itches her. theres no discharge or foul smell. is a yeast infection? or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like a problem, but without more information it's impossible to tell you exactly what it is. It could be a chronic condition like eczema, or it could be an infection, or it could be simply dry skin. Only a qualified veterinarian can tell you for sure. Only a proper diagnosis will lead to an effective treatment. Call your vet and have your dog seen as soon as possible.

      Drs. Foster & Smith have a pet education section that has a lot of information you might find useful. Check out this page: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=427

  26. QUESTION:
    Our dog stinks really bad! What could the odor be and what do I do to get rid of it?
    We have a Shi Tsu and recently got another Shi Tsu. Ever since the new dog came we have this horrible odor coming from both dogs. Help! We are gagging!
    I appreciate the advice telling me to give our dogs a bath. If I was that stupid, I probably couldn't work the computer.

    • ANSWER:
      take them to the vet. really! if they smell that bad then something is wrong. It could be that one has a dental problem and spreads that "infection smell" when they lick themselves or they could have a bacterial infection on the skin, yeast infection in the ears or yeast infection of the skin. I had a cocker that got yeast infections on the skin and the infections were caused by thyroid problems. Please do not waste your time and money on worthless shampoos and treatments from any store. Take the dogs to the vet and find out the specific cause so you can get the right treatment.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to bathe my dog so that he smells good?
    I have bought every dog shampoo out there and have used MY shampoo, but my dog still has that wet dog smell. How do i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Possible low level bacterial or yeast infection of the skin. Brush daily to remove debris and dead skin. Try Zymox shampoo. When using regular dog shampoo do not over bathe as it can cause the oil glands to go into over production which has an unpleasant odor. Check the mouth, ears and rear end (anal glands) to be certain they are not a problem.
      Read the reviews:
      http://www.amazon.com/Zymox-Enzamatic-Shampoo-12-oz/dp/B00076NTJG

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my dog's flaky skin?
    She has the worst flaky skin. Looks like a horrible case of dandruff. It is mainly around her back/butt area. I added Missing Link to her diet for the Omegas but it doesn't seem to help. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on what breed of dog you have it could be prone to skin problems. You need to take it to the vet and see if it could have a yeast infection of the skin. Also check what kind of shampoo you are using. Try a dog shampoo that conditions. And be sure you are getting all the soap off too. If she is itching really bad and scratching a lot then it could be an allergy. Possibly some sort of plant that is in bloom or a food allergy. Take it to the vet.

  29. 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!

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dog from crying/ constant tears?
    I have a dog that is half Pomeranian and half Chihuahua. She has these tears where she is constantly crying and I don't know if its because she has emotional feelings about something, or if it is natural that she constantly has tears coming from her eyes. She doesn't crying as in she yells but theres always tears coming from her eyes and she's been crying so much that there is stains by her eyes that are dried up tears. If it's not natural, can I do something to make the tears stop like cleaning it with Q-tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't cry emotional tears. Your dog may have a problem with her tear ducts (which is easy to fix), the structure of the area around her eye, eyelashes growing inward and irritating the eye, lots of hair or dust in her eyes, eye infections, or something else. You need to take her to a veterinarian to find out what is wrong, and what can be done about it. This is not normal. Cleaning alone is not enough and won't stop the constant tearing.

      Aside from having a wet face, the constant moisture can create skin infections under each eye. These can be yeast infections (stinky infections) or bacterial infections. The dog could end up with raw, open sores under each eye. The skin may become scarred and the hair may never re-grow there.

      People develop this problem sometimes, too. In people, it is usually a tear duct problem.

      Please see your vet and get this taken care of.

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

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

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it better to clean my dogs ears with cotton balls, Q tips or tissues?
    My dogs has yeast in her ears so I need to clean them every day, so which one of these is the best to clean her ears and won't irratate her skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection need fungicides...wiping w/anything won't do spit.

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my dog has ear mites?
    My dog has a red little bump on his ear (like if a mosquito bite). Does anyone know what it has?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat and Dog Ear Mites
      Signs & symptoms · Diagnosis · Treatment · Related articles
      What Are Ear Mites?
      Ear mites medical terms: cerumen, otodectes, notoedres, demodex, malassezia yeast, staphylococcus bacteria, streptococcus bacteria, pruritus
      Ear mites in dogs and ear mites in cats are tiny little creatures rather like spiders. They have 8 legs and live on or just under the surface of the skin. The two species of mites that cause ear infections are Otodectes and Notoedres. Otodectes infect dogs, cats, foxes and ferrets. Notoedres infect cats—usually the body and sometimes the ear. A common mite that causes skin infection and may involve areas of the head around the ears is demodex. While demodex causes skin infections around the ear, it does not cause infections in the ear canal.

      Who gets ear mites?
      Ear mites usually infect young pets, especially pets in shelters, and abandoned puppies and kittens. Older pets are somewhat resistant to mites. If the pet’s ear mites infect humans, the mite dies within a couple weeks because humans are not their natural host.

  34. QUESTION:
    Natural way to treat yeast infection (skin) in dogs?
    I groomed a dog the other day at my all natural spa and the dog had some yeast infection sores down her back. I bathed her in a tea tree oil shampoo but I was wondering if you can put tea tree oil directly on the sores to kill the infection or is there another solution without putting the dog on antibiotics at the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.naturaldogs.co.uk/store/septiderm-v-lotion-spray-240ml.html

      might help

      Tea tree oil on its own should help to kill the itchiness and then look at something like bitter yuck if it is an area that gets licked. Aloe gel might be the best option- cooling and soothing

      In the USA Naturvet offers a money back if you aren't happy- you have nothing to lose :)

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a natural flea deterrent for your dog?
    I have heard that feeding your dog garlic works, but i have read and asked my vet if it is recommended. He said that it may upset their stomach for it being strong, but i was reading on a website that it breaks down their red cell count.... Does anyone know what is a good natural flea deterrent?

    • ANSWER:
      garlic and brewer's yeast pills........
      http://www.3mutts.com/brewers-yeast-garlic.html
      its completely safe and effective garlic does not contain the same compound that onions do, a poisonous alkaloid called n-propyl disulphide
      garlic is a wonderful natural alternative with many benefits for your pet, including

      * expectorant and antibiotic properties

      * garlic's blood cleansing action makes it a good preventative measure for respiratory and viral problems.

      * it is said to help keep down the worm population due to the sulfur content

      * is used to help fight infection.

      * shiny coat and healthy skin

      *heres an article on it
      http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=72301528

      i give my dog (garlic and brewers yeast pills) they dont upset his stomach. the garlic that is in the brewer's yeast with garlic pills has been processed, which removes the sulphide compounds that are toxic to your dog.

      garlic is safe to use it does'nt break down their red cell count thats onions, onions are toxic for dogs and they will cause the oxidisation of red blood cells which leads to anaemia

      *heres an article about onions and garlic.....
      http://www.veggiepets.com/acatalog/tips.html

  36. QUESTION:
    Will miconosol 1% lotion hurt my pregnant dog (pekingneese) if I apply it to her coat?
    She has an yeast infection and I am using it in her ears and shampooing her with MalAcetic shampoo. She itches so bad that I feel like if I used the lotion on the skin it may help speed the recovery.

    • ANSWER:
      This is something you should be asking your vet- not a bunch of yahoos on Y!A
      Edit**Myself included

  37. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if my dogs alergy is a yeast infection or a true allergy?
    my dog itches and scratches constantly benedryl doesnt control it. She has lost her hair in a couple spots and the skin has turned black.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way is to have her allergy tested. It gives a very effective diagnosis these days but it's not cheap.

  38. QUESTION:
    my dog has really dry bad skin, its a yeast infection or the mange or something, how do i get rid of it?
    we was taking her to the vet but the bill got a lil high for my income. my mom and sister keep trying these made up home remedies, like washing her with tresemme giving her benedryl. bt she isnt getting better, she's getting worse. And it doesnt make it better that they feed her table food all the time, yes she is a mixed breed dog, bt her skin is so sensative i dnt think she should be eating everything and doing all these human things. i need alot of help, they wont listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to see a vet. Home remedies don't work in cases where you don't even know what the problem is, and shouldn't be done without a vet's guidance anyway.

  39. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to get my dogs fur to grow back?
    My son sprayed some orange glow (furniture polish) on my dog and now his fur is falling out and he has a couple of scabs on his skin. Could this be a "chemical burn" or possibly mange? What are some home remedies that I can use to help him grow his fur back? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as something like that happens to your dog you should immediately give him a bath using soap made for dogs or dish soap (if you have no dog soap). Never use human soap or shampoo, or flea soap.

      I would also take him to the vet to make sure it isn't mange, a skin yeast infection, an allergy, a hot spot, or anything else. Depending on what it is, they vet might give you antibiotics, steroids (in cream or pill form), or an ointment. Or the vet might recommend what you should put on it. They make special antibiotic ointment for dogs that is safe if the dog licks it (although if you can you want to keep your dog from licking the spot so that it can heal). I put plain human triple antibiotic ointment on my dog if he gets a cut or something from hiking. When his ears or nose get dry in the winter I use Bag Balm.

      Finally, I would keep the chemicals locked up where kids and dogs can't get to them.

  40. QUESTION:
    how do you treat a dog for skin allergies?
    I have a wiener dog,he has had sneezing problems, also scratches and always licking his paws. Now the vet says it is a yeast infection. Nothing has helped need help Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast can be cleared up, but it's going to take a little time.

      Watering down some vinegar and dabbing it on the area can help, since yeast needs an environment that's going to let it grow. The acid in vinegar changes the skin's alkaline levels, enough to inhibit the yeast. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the dog's water can help too. Not too much in the water though, dogs don't like the flavor that much.

      (And ask your vet about this, never just do what someone on the internet tells you to! Always check it with your vet first)

  41. QUESTION:
    What can i do for my dog with very dry skin?
    he's chewing himself, does not have flees and is bathed about every month. is there something that he could be fed that would put more oil in his skin?
    please help him.

    • ANSWER:
      Dog allergies are a little different that human allergies. The thing that you hear about on TV that causes all of the problems is histamine. In people, histamine is in our upper airway (runny nose, watery eyes, etc.). In dogs, histamine is in their skin, so they get itchy. If your dog is itchy all of the time, then it may have food or inhaled allergies. There can be other things that make a dog itch, especially if there is hair loss (bacterial infection, mange mites, yeast...).

      You can supplement the dog's diet with fish oils. The tablets contain omega fatty acids, which are very good for skin. Something else that you can try for the itching is Benedryl. I don't know how big your dog is, but a rough dose is 25 mg for each 50 pounds. Small dogs would get 1/2 of a tablet.

      Hope this helps.

  42. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what is wrong with my dogs skin?
    Hello, I have a 3 year german Shepard mix who has terrible skin problems. He has red spots, with dead skin around the edges that slowly peels away and becomes larger red spots. These are very itchy and cover his entire body He is loosing hard (not sure if this is just because of excess scratching and biting), and is so down lately. We have spent ,000+ at the vet and they still have no answers as to what's wrong. Someone please help me with an answer or a similar condition in their dog. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I relate I relate and I relate!!!! My dog had severe skin problems that the traditional meds (antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids like prednisone) didnt help at all. Special diets, elimination diets and vitamins and herbs didn't help. Tests like skin biopsies and scrapes didn't find any cause. Blood work was normal.

      First though - if you have had any symptoms of being itchy even for just a couple days treat your dog for sarcoptic mange even if the scrape was negative.

      If you or anyone else hasn't been itchy this is what I did for my dog. A year went on with traditional vets. Then I saw a holistic vet who did a blood allergy test on her with heska.com. It cost 0 and I found she has a whole list of environmental allergies like grass and dust. Really I didn't need to test her. I can't avoid those things so the only option is to fix her immune system.

      Fixing the immune system starts with good diet. If you can add any amount of appropriate fresh food that's going to help. Digestive systems and immune systems are linked closely together. That's why stress can make some people have an upset stomach. The whole body is linked and works together. When the digestive system has to work harder in a dog to digest processed kibble and grains, that takes away from the immune system working as well.

      So first do a fast at least 24 hours and up to 48 hrs. See if you can help the diet. Even just adding probiotics (not acidophilus but ones for dogs) will be helpful.

      Ok next thing is to get the symptoms under control so the dogs not stressed and suffering. I found dermagic lotion to be so helpful. Also k9 Lycra top coat body suit helped and also prevented my dog from licking. The body suit will cost nearly for a gsd I believe. But out of all I tried, which was a lot, those are what worked. Also a pill called beta-thyme the holistic vet put my dog on was very good. It's a natural plant steroid you can buy over the internet. My 25 lb dog could get up to 2 a day.

      The third part is balancing the body. The vet put my dog on enzyme powders of the adrenal and pineal glands. Those have to do with natural cortisone production. If you want you can read about how it wolks in dr. Martin Goldsteins book "the art and science of animal healing". The vet also added vitamin c (a natural antihistamine) in the form of ester c, probiotics, and I already gave omega 3. The vet tried vitamin a therapy which does help some dogs skin problems but it didn't work with mine. B vitamins are also important so is zinc for the skin but your vet needs to discuss therapeutic doses.

      Finally if this doesn't work you may need to do allergy testing and get immunotherapy which can work in 1-3 years. The problem however is the immune system if not healed can develop new allergies at any time. It's like a star going supernova. Things that suppress the immune system like vaccines will just cause it to go into hyperdrive. Seeing a holistic vet is the best thing. But maybe even changing the diet alone to a raw diet will help.

      Oh and I forgot - secondary skin infections. From the scratching and chronic irritation secondary infections like staph bacteria or yeast usually occur. I found really the best thing topically was plain aloe for the sores.

  43. QUESTION:
    How often should you wash a dog?
    I have an insanely cute dog! She is medium sized mostly black with some white and she is a lab/pointer mix I usually wash her once every two weeks but I'm not sure if that is not enough or too much!! Any advice would help!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it really depends on the dog breed, their coats, skin, allergies, shampoos, etc. That being said, I think it's safe to say that once a month is just fine. I wash my 4 lb chihuahua once a month. She is black with some white also. As soon as I start to smell a bit of "doggy odor" on her, which is about 3-4 weeks after a bath, I'll bathe her again.

      Also, if your dog has floppy, long ears, often times an pungent odor can come from them. So those type of dogs need to have their ears checked weekly to be sure there is no infections, like yeast infection developing. Putting some cotton in the ears prior to a bath can help prevent yeast infections from occurring.

      I have worked with animals for 20 years. In vet offices, grooming shops, pet sitting, pet care-giver.

  44. QUESTION:
    Are apple cider vinegar tablets are safe to give for dogs?
    My dogs wont take the liquid form of it. Can i give them a tablet form? Its not specifically for dogs i purchased it for myself. Is is safe?

    • ANSWER:
      I found this information through a Google search.

      "Apple cider vinegar (in its natural form from a health food store, not the pasteurised version from the Supermarket) is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and deodorant; It helps digestion and to remove tooth tartar; prevents tooth decay and hair loss (even mange), it also prevents and heals gum disease and skin problems; and will discourage fleas. Putting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar per quart of water in your dog's water bowl or on food can clear up most active yeast infections and prevent future infections. Apple cider vinegar tablets can be used if your dog refuses to drink the treated water or eat the food."

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do you like your current dog food?
    I know what to look for in dog food. However, I'm surprised by the number of people that think Pedigree and Science Diet are good food. What do you feed your dog and why do you feed it? Is it the commercials on TV? Is it the vet's recommendation? Is it the cheapest thing at the store? Because it has your breed of dog on the bag? Why do you feed your dog the food you feed?
    Bulldog -- what do you mean you haven't tried your dogs food? what kind of owner are you? :P Actually, I do taste my dogs kibbles and cookies.

    • ANSWER:
      I have 4 dogs and do rescue, so often have more and also do adoption expos. I fed the dogs Science Diet, thinking that, if my vet carries it, it must be good - WRONG, it's not much better than supermarket junk.

      Several trainers pointed this out to me and I finally started to read the ingredients and analysis on the bags of dry kibble - amazing, most of it is corn meal and ground meal fillers - not good nutrition.

      I now feed only Canidae chicken and rice, first ingredient meat, not meal, no corn or grain fillers,
      no artifical ingredients or preservatives.

      It has made an enormous difference in my dogs conditions - no more ear infections, no more dry skin or yeast infections - it's amazing what decent food will do for a dog - way cheaper to spend a bit more on their food than their vet bills.

      Read what's in the dog food folks - go to a feed store or large pet store and get some decent dog food.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I make my basset hound stink less?
    Obviously we bathe her, but within a few days she stinks again. Its not like a normal dog stink either. Its a rotten fishy, sour, extremely strong smell. I don't think she's rolling in anything because our other dog doesn't smell like that and they do everything together.

    • ANSWER:
      I Don't Smell Anything

      When you enter somebody's front door
      Where you've not been invited before
      Your nostrils may twitch
      To a stimulus which
      It is only polite to ignore

      It is faintly or pungently found
      Any place that has Bassets around
      And stinkily scenty
      To all congnoscienti
      Betokens the genus of hound

      Fastidious folk soon get tired
      Of the odor when deeply respired
      To all but the strong
      The Basset Hound pong
      Is a taste very slowly aquired

      Antiseptic deodorant foam
      Can't stop it corroding the chrome
      Defying detergent
      It triumphs resurgent
      As part of the fabric of home

      When all that you own is imbued
      With that which your bassets exude
      Blow your nose like a trumpet
      And like it and lump it
      Or live in a tent, in the nude.

      ________________________________

      Basset Hounds do tend to have an odor.

      First of all, I suggest having her checked by the vet to rule out medical issues. Causes of odor in Bassets include:

      Ear infections
      Skin problems
      Yeast infections (causes "stained" fur in groin, armpits, wrinkles, dewlaps, between toes etc.)
      Dental issues
      Lip fold infections/debris
      Anal gland problems

      Another issue to look at is diet. Many people report a reduction in the odor of their basset when switching to a corn-free diet.

      Regular brushing will help keep the skin and coat healthy. If the dog's skin is healthy, you can try a shampoo with a strong scent, like La Pooch or Lambert Kay Fresh N Clean with baking soda.

      If there is a skin problem, use a shampoo recommended by the vet. Otherwise you can try using a Listerine rinse, or a vinegar rinse, after you bathe the dog. Just mix Listerine or Vinegar half-and-half with water, pour over the dog (making sure you get it everywhere) and allow to dry. If you can blow dry your basset, paying special attention to the wrinkles, that will help as well. If you can find a really good groomer in your area, one that will dry your basset with a high velocity dryer, it might be worth the cost.


dog yeast infection skin