Help i cant get rid of her yeast infection!
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    hello my B stella has a yeast infection on her whole body> The vet and i have tried all kinds of stuff all the way down to changing her food to baths to all kinds of stuff. Does anyone have any suggetions? she is loosing her hair and has little red spotts all over her :confused:

    Thanks Shannon

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  • Yikes…...I don't know....sounds like she might have a systemic problem. Have you had her thyroid checked?

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  • I agree w/ Andrea, have all medical issues ruled out first.
    THEN, possibly, look into Nzymes. (I haven't used them, but have heard good things - may be worth a shot)

    http://www.nzymes.com/Articles/Instructions_for_systemic_yeast_infections.htm

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    No i have have nt had her thyroid looked at the vet said she was at risk. I need to find a good vet for her kind, She is also 16 months old and only 14 and 1/2 inches at her shoulder ( puppy mill puppy from petland) and her color is a real light red i have had so many medical problems w/ her my hubby says get rid odf her i told him he can leave this is our child just like our other dog but thanks for the advise any good B vets in my area im in cleveland ohio

    Thanks , Shannon

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    No i have have nt had her thyroid looked at the vet said she was at risk. imean the vet she is not at risk my keybord and me dont get type toether well after Stella got a hold of the cord lol

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  • @StellaGirl:

    No i have have nt had her thyroid looked at the vet said she was at risk. imean the vet she is not at risk my keybord and me dont get type toether well after Stella got a hold of the cord lol

    Well….Basenjis can have their thyroids fail as early as 1 year old....and there can be very little symptomatic expression. With something like a full body yeast infection....I would speculate that there is something wrong internally. I have a few friends in Cleveland with Bs, I will find out where they go.

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  • Try to find a vet who knows something about B's. This is hard no matter where you live. Are the spots itchy? Do they get bigger,redder,etc. Has the vet tried a dermatologist or skin scraping? It could also be a food allergy. Have you investigated on the internet for similar problems?

    Just a few suggestions-no offense intended. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking the vet always should know the answer and sometimes they never do. I've been there with a previous dog.

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  • Also, have you asked for a referral to a specialist, a dermatologist… vets are so very specialized these days that it pays to request a referral, or find one on your own.

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    Our 3 year old basenji has had a yeast infection, on his belly and elbows. It was vet confirmed as yeast. He did not have any red spots only a brownish discoloration. Our vet had us put lamisil on him twice a day It takes quite awhile to clear up and it was even harder to keep him from licking the stuff off. So perhaps this is not yeast?

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    i have had skin scrapings done and they said it was yeast but i think im going to have her thyroid looked at . I made another appt. w/ the vet this friday she said she is going to try pills and a baath treatment also too. At 1st i had her on nutro lamb and rice and she got sick every day so i went to an all raw diet she seems to be doing better on that but not my pocet book! but she and my other dog love it ! Thank you for your help every one

    Shannon

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  • @StellaGirl:

    i have had skin scrapings done and they said it was yeast but i think im going to have her thyroid looked at . I made another appt. w/ the vet this friday she said she is going to try pills and a baath treatment also too. At 1st i had her on nutro lamb and rice and she got sick every day so i went to an all raw diet she seems to be doing better on that but not my pocet book! but she and my other dog love it ! Thank you for your help every one

    Shannon

    If you're looking at food allergies you may want to clear her system with a mix of homemade food. Rice and boiled chicken are my fav to start with as these are the most basic foods. It may take a while 4-6 wks to clear her system.

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    You mentioned having a lot of medical problems with her–was she treated with antibiotics b4 the yeast appeared? Antibiotics can kill beneficial bacteria that keep yeast under control in the intestines, the same as with humans. If treating her externally hasn't helped, she might have a systemic (internal/whole body) yeast infection. Have you tried giving her plain probiotic yogurt--the kind in the grocery store they advertise as having "friendly" bacteria?

    Also, being young, your girl's probably had a lot of emotional & systemicl stress in the last year, moving to a new home, trips to the vet or groomer, vaccines, heartworm chewables, maybe flea treatments...maybe she was exposed to pesticides/disinfectants at the puppymill she came from. All of these can affect a young dog's immune system, which can cause yeast overgrowth. A few years in a healthy environment with healthy food will do wonders for her immune system.

    I have a female B that was bred in a puppy mill and while the first two years were rough (food allergies, immune problems) she's now 14 and the love of my life. (Don't tell my husband that!)

    Here's a great website that deals with yeast issues in great danes...keep in mind that there are healthy commercial diets and raw meat diets that aren't so hard on the wallet, too.

    Good luck & hang in there!

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    You mentioned having a lot of medical problems with her–was she treated with antibiotics b4 the yeast appeared? Antibiotics can kill beneficial bacteria that keep yeast under control in the intestines, the same as with humans. If treating her externally hasn't helped, she might have a systemic (internal/whole body) yeast infection. Have you tried giving her plain probiotic yogurt--the kind in the grocery store they advertise as having "friendly" bacteria?

    Also, being young, your girl's probably had a lot of emotional & systemicl stress in the last year, moving to a new home, trips to the vet or groomer, vaccines, heartworm chewables, maybe flea treatments...maybe she was exposed to pesticides/disinfectants at the puppymill she came from. All of these can affect a young dog's immune system, which can cause yeast overgrowth. A few years in a healthy environment with healthy food will do wonders for her immune system.

    I have a female B that was bred in a puppy mill and while the first two years were rough (food allergies, immune problems) she's now 14 and the love of my life. (Don't tell my husband that!)

    Here's a great website that deals with yeast issues in great danes...
    http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_infections_candida_albicans.htm

    Hang in there!

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    Definitely find a Basenji informed vet. I had a Basenji mix who's coat/skin became afflicted and we added a supplement (after diagnostic testing mentioned above) which was "Efazil" if I remember correctly. A liquid vitamin form to her food the vet's office supplied. Be cautious with the bathing–that can worsen the condition initially. The thyroid studies should guide you in the right direction and the correct balance of food should help. I really wish you the best and please let us know what you learn.

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    Thank you for all your info. I am going to the b vet april 5 so i hape she can wait till then! She is acting fine other wise except w/ the scratching, still climbing my bookshelf eating my and my hubbies underwear if she knocks the hamper over! I am so glad spring is here now i can wear flip flops cause she also like to hide my socks soon i hope i will get a pic of her on here if i can just lear how to work this darn scanner

    Thanks Shannon

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  • You may want to add a little oil or added fat to her diet as well. Something else you may want to ask the vet.

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    In the mean time, you can probably smear some plain yogurt on her itchy spots. At least you won't have to worry about them getting licked off. Yeast infections are difficult to treat because the yeast produces spores that are difficult to erradicate completely. Antibiotic and steroid use makes it worse.

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