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Skin fungal infections

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I have been looking up articles on fungal skin problems in dogs (not my dogs) and came across this info which was interesting.

Can anyone here suggest veterinary treatments that work,

FACTS & MYTHS about YEAST DERMATITIS in DOGS

 has anyone treated their dog with the medications mentioned in this second link

Malassezia Dermatitis

(there is heaps of info out there but so much of it is b/s)

 

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I agree with the first article on creating an environment unfavorable for yeast.  Vinegar to lower pH, yes.  Also increasing air circulation and drying out by clipping back hair (obviously not for yeasty ears). 

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In my previous life, Mitchell had Malassezia ..and it was malaseb , and malaseb , fresh food, heavy on veg. and vit. C by mouth, from memory. He didn't have it really badly..but enough to have that smell, and to be chewing... and to be VERY sensitive to touch/itches...poor boy .

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9 hours ago, persephone said:

In my previous life, Mitchell had Malassezia ..and it was malaseb , and malaseb , fresh food, heavy on veg. and vit. C by mouth, from memory. He didn't have it really badly..but enough to have that smell, and to be chewing... and to be VERY sensitive to touch/itches...poor boy .

yes Perse,  I have been checking my old herbal books, the Vit C and vegetables including some raw (soaked) rolled grains help to lower (so they say) blood temperature which helps.

I will suggest infused calendula, neem leaves and chickweed as a topical wash, these links appear to have the most economical items

https://www.australherbs.com.au/shop/item/chickweed-herb    https://www.australherbs.com.au/shop/item/neem-leaf-organic  https://countrypark.com.au/product/calendula-petals/

 

A pity there doesn't appear to be a veterinary solution available

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My last foster poodle had this issue, he was also found to be allergic to his own yeast (along with a few other things), the vets weren’t much help just wanted to keep giving him antibiotics and cortisone.

 

The way I was able to completely clear him up was a Malaseb bath routine, I started off bathing him every second day in Malaseb then using aloveen leave on conditioner, I always blow dried him completely, never let him air dry.

After a couple of weeks we decreased the bathing to every third day, we continued like this until we reached fortnightly baths as maintenance.

 

The skin specialist was actually quite amazed how well I was able to clear him up without medication.

 

Once he was completely cleared up for a couple of months he went off to his new home, he did require life time management to keep it under control.

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Boronia   

thanks for that @Rascalmyshadow  I knew Malaseb was good but hadn't realised that Aloveen could be useful as well as soothing.

Did you do anything diet-wise?

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Even though he had allergy testing we didn’t know if diet was playing a role so we put him on Prime skd, kangaroo and potato, and a single protein dry food (I can’t rememver which one) he got no other treats etc.

 

I always used Aloveen conditioner just to help counteract the harshness of the Malaseb and sooth the skin.

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Interesting reading as I have a new dog to the house with what I call 'the yeasty smell'.  As she had bad dandruff on her lower back when I got her, I put her on an Omega 3, 6 and 9 supplement and that cleared up the dermatitis and got rid of the smell.  However she's had a bit of a gastric upset for 10 days, so no Omega supplement, and the smell is back.  The vet did a swab the other day from her anus to look at the fecal bacteria and commented she has a lot of yeast around her back end.  She also has a couple of tiny yeast related spots on her chin that the vet looked at but is not concerned about.  She did mention Malaseb baths and I will get some and use it for a while.  I may also clip her a bit shorter.  

 

Also quite a few years ago I adopted a Poodle x that had black skin on her tummy and quite a yeasty smell about her.  That all just went away with a good diet and regular bathing but I can't remember what I used as a shampoo.

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