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i am trying to get medicine for my dog that has like elephant skin from scratching and all losing hair ,but i cannot afford the testing and trying to get the maedicine no one will help me as they want to do all the blood test which is obvious what she has. can you help or recommend something, my dog is [email protected]
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  JoAnne replied 11 years ago.
You can buy pet medications online without a prescription at 1-800-petmeds.com or call them on the phone

Expert:  JoAnne replied 11 years ago.
here is some more information for you that may help!
http://www.bestfriendspetcare.com/pet_health/yeastinfectionsoftheskin.cfm

Yeast infections of the skin, also known as malessezia dermatitis, are fungal infections of the skin. Yeast infections occur in response to a primary problem, such as seborrhea, immune deficiencies, or increases in skin oils as with allergic reactions.

Yeast infections can occur in cats, though they more commonly affect dogs. Certain breeds of dogs are genetically predisposed to yeast infections, including Australian Terriers, Basset Hounds, Chihuahuas , Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Lhasa Apsos, Maltese, Poodles, Shetland Sheepdogs, Silky Terriers, and West Highland White Terriers. Yeast infections are not contagious.

Symptoms of a yeast infection of the skin include a crusty appearance to the skin, an odor, rash, and/or itching. Eventually the skin may thicken and take on the appearance of elephant skin. The entire body may be affected or just parts of the body. Diagnosis can be done through several tests, including an impression smear, scotch tape sampling, skin scraping, or skin biopsy. Treatment may be topical, oral or both, though in many cases topical treatment alone is not sufficient. To prevent future recurrences, the underlying problems must also be controlled.



Customer: replied 11 years ago.
so how do i help her will it kill her is there anything on the market that would help her . what would be underlying problems
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
i am not getting any answers from my replies. when i go to view all it just goes back to my original question
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
you cannot get medicines without prescriptions on 800 pet meds and i ask if this condition could kill her and what did you mean by underlying problem plus is there any thing i can do ? i have asked these questions before i knew her problem but you gave me no solution
Expert:  JoAnne replied 11 years ago.
By underlying cause I meant that It could be an allergy causing the problem , If in fact if what you are describing is a yeast infection you can use a degreasing shampoo such as selsun blue or
Nizoral to remove the skin oils which are feeding the yeast. Diphenhydramine or Benadryl can also be used in dogs for allergies 1/2 mg per lb. every 8 hours to relieve itching. I cannot know for sure what is causing this on your dog the best way is to see a veterinarian. It is very important to start treatment as soon as possible.
Try to keep flies away from your dog yeast infections harbor conditions for maggots and that could be a problem if treatment is not given. I hope this helps you and your dog!

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