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My Labrador has a bad odor I think she may have a fungus her

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My Labrador has a bad odor I think she may have a fungus her coat is red in places
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Ellen, you may be correct although the "red" and odor is more characteristic of yeast (Malassezia) than a dermatophyte (fungus) such as Microsporum or Trichophyton - the common ringworm fungi. Yeast is relatively easy to confirm by performing a cytology - a microscopic exam of a small sample of skin surface looking for abnormal numbers of both yeast and bacteria. If yeast are abundant, a month's worth of daily ketoconazole dosed at 5 mg/lb daily should do the trick. Bathing twice weekly in a shampoo containing chlorhexidine and either ketoconazole or miconazole should hasten remission. The ketoconazole is a prescription drug from Biscuit's vet. The shampoo can be found over the counter in pet/feed stores or online such as here:*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Biscuit. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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