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I have a 7 year old ShihTzu with chronic yeast infections of

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I have a 7 year old ShihTzu with chronic yeast infections of her back legs, genital area, and tail area. I have spent over $800. on vet bills for oral meds, injections and shampoos. They work for about 2 weeks, then we start all over again.
Is there ANY topical, homeopathic or other way to control these infections? She is miserable, and is costing me a small fortune to keep her symptoms under control for a minimal amount of time. PLEASE HELP!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear you are worried about Lucy. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

Most yeast infections are caused by an underlying problem such as allergies, or autoimmune skin disease. If you do not get the underlying problem under control, you just keep seeing these yeast infections coming back.

There is a new medication, called Apoquel, that is really great for allergies, and helps about 80% of allergic dogs. If they stop scratching due to allergy, then your yeast treatments will work, but the problem is less likely to come back. I would ask your vet about trying it.

There are supplements that may help: nettles, quercetin, fish oil, anti oxidants, and probiotics. Combined with using yeast medication, and something to control the underlying allergy/itch (Apoquel, prednisone, antihistamines, cyclosporine) may help get this controlled. Oral fluconazole is another thing to try. You could try the Monistat, that would be safe, but alone it will not cure her.

Let me know what else I can answer or help with.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I hope you have been able to see what I wrote. Can I answer anything else about Lucy?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lucy. How is everything going?

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