i have posted questions in the past about my mix breed dog having itchy skin . so recently i noticed her ears were sore so i took her to the vet and come to find out she had a yeast infection and not fleas. does anyone have any advice on how to prevent this from happening again?
There is a shampoo called Malaseb made by DVM that has miconazole nitrate 2% which treats the yeast and chlorhexidine gluconate 2% which is an antibacterial agent which treats any secondary bacterial infections that may crop up. You can find this shampoo at veterinary clinics but it is MUCH cheaper to order out of supply catalogs. I use this shampoo on one of my dogs once or twice weekly during the summer and only as needed during the winter. Works great as a prevention. But do call your vet and ask if this shampoo would be useful for your dogs yeast condition because there are different types of yeast. The Malaseb flush is good to clean the ears with to prevent the yeast from recurring there. Once or twice weekly should suffice. Good luck!
***Edited By: luvmydoxys on 1/3/2006 4:33:35 PM*** Reason: Forgot to add the flush for the ears.
Here is a link to the Malaseb Shampoo. That is fine too bathe her in. For the ear you can use foot powder used for athlete foot. Make sure the ears are clean and dry and then apply the powder and it will kill the yeast. You may also want too look at what your feeding. It would be cause a skin irritation that cause the dog too scratch herself raw, which then will cause a staph/yeast infection.
Omega 3 and 6 are supposed to help itchy skin and actually improve dogs coats. I would try either evening primrose oil (500mg capsule) or a 1/2 teaspoon of flaxseed oil per day. I give this amount to my 2lb pup every other day so maybe double this if very big breed. Just add it to her breakfast. It took me two weeks to see a noticable difference in my pups coat. Also, what is she eating? Corn-based diets affect some dogs adversely which usually manifest as skin conditions. Also, cooked eggs are a great source of omega 6. Let us know how you get on.
I don't know if you have it in the states but over here you can buy Samon liver oil and put one teaspoon in the dogs food. It's FANTASTIC! The dogs fur looks sooo healthy and all skins problems vanish and they get silky smooth paws! Siriously everybody should give there dog this.. I'll try to find a site that tells about it. My frindes labrador retriever started on it first and her coat really shines specialy when the sun is on it.. You can clearly see the differance and she was pretty even before..
Maybe try EPO oil. I see that Wellness F&SP already contains flaxseed so that should take care of the Omega 3 oils. But it wouldn't hurt to up it by 500mg per day. Also, 500mg of Evening Primrose (Omega 6) isn't going to hurt either. That is as far as my advice can stretch I'm sorry. I hope someone else can offer better advice. Good luck!