Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Our dog has the terrible odor of corn chips(excessive).

Customer Question
Our dog has the...

Our dog has the terrible odor of corn chips(excessive). Everywhere he is stinks. His skin gets pink, he scratches, rolls, grunts, bites himself and is generally itchy. He has had an allergy shot (nothing), He has been on steroids two consecutive times(nothing) I have to bathe him a lot.(nothing) It doesn't even last day and he stinks, scratches and rolls.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?

Fuzzy Shih Tzu and about 14 years old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Fuzzy

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Fuzzy?

He doesn't like going outdoors any longer.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 2 hours by:
12/19/2017
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 33,266
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified

You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply. Please be patient. This may take a few minutes.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Fuzzy. You've described a seborrhea which can be a hereditary disorder of keratinization - keratin is a structural protein in skin - or, more commonly, seborrhea arises secondary to most any chronic skin condition which needs to be clarified by Fuzzy's vet. Clinical symptoms of the hereditary disorder initially appear during puppyhood and may be mild at first but worsen with age. Symptoms may become apparent or worsen as an adult if underlying concurrent diseases develop.

Clinical signs may include a dull, dry, lusterless hair coat, excessive scaling (dandruff), follicular casts, scaly and crusty seborrheic patches and plaques, and greasy, malodorous skin - often described as the odor of dirty gym socks or corn chips. Most of the body is involved to some degree, with interdigital areas, perineum, face, axillae, ventral neck, abdomen, and skin folds usually most severely affected. Pruritis (itchiness) is mild to intense, and ceruminous otitis externa (oily external ear canal inflammation) is common. Secondary skin and ear infections with bacteria and Malassezia (yeast) are often present.

I can appreciate how frustrating Fuzzy's care must be for you. I don't know everything you've tried so I'll list a primer for treatment and prognosis for you to peruse.

1) Ensure good nutrition. A commercially balanced dog food that meets AAFCO requirements should be fed. You should find the AAFCO statement on the food label.

2) Any secondary bacterial and yeast (Malassezia) skin and ear infection should be treated with appropriate topical and systemic therapies. Periodic treatments or long-term, low-dose maintenance therapy may be needed because these dogs are susceptible to recurring infection.

3) For symptomatic control of ceruminous otitis, long-term maintenance ear care is necessary. Ear treatments with a multimodal therapy (consult with Fuzzy's vet) or ear cleaner should be administered to both ears every 1-7 days to control cerumen (wax) accumulation.

4) For symptomatic control of seborrhea, antiseborrheic shampoos and emollients may be used every 2-7 days until the skin condition is improved (~2-3 weeks), then, bathing frequency should be decreased to every 1-2 weeks or as needed for maintenance. Antiseborrheic shampoos contain some combination of sulfur, salicyclic acid, tar, benzoyl peroxide, or phytosphingosine and can be found over the counter or at Fuzzy's vet hospital.

5) Daily oral fatty acid supplementation may be helpful as an adjunct therapy (180mg EPA/10lbs of body weight). EPA is thought to be the most antiinflammatory of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. It's plentiful in fish oil supplements.

6) Vitamin A 8000-10,000 IU per 20 lbs orally administered with a fatty meal every 24 hours. Improvement should be seen within 4-6 weeks.

7) For dogs with severe, greasy, malodorous, pruritic seborrhea, treatment with systemic glucocorticoids (steroids) may be helpful. Acitretin (a retinoid) may be helpful in some dogs. Calcitriol (vitamin D) may be helpful in some cases.

The prognosis is variable, depending on the severity of the seborrhea. This is an incurable condition that requires lifelong therapy for control. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 33,266
33,266 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,147 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,315 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,063 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,533 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,299 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
18lb Shih Tzu mix ate 4 "Pet Naturals" calming chews (for
Hi! 18lb Shih Tzu mix ate 4 "Pet Naturals" calming chews (for dogs of all sizes), on packaging it says dogs up to 20lbs have 1/2 a chew, and up to 100 lbs can have 3 chews. ingredients are thiamine 65… read more
Dr. Thompson
Dr. Thompson
veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
72 satisfied customers
14-year old shih tzu sudden hind leg weakness. possibly no
14-year old shih tzu sudden hind leg weakness. possibly no urination yet today. Health has been normal. … read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
714 satisfied customers
My 7 lb Shih Tzu had a fleshy lump behind her right ear
Hello Dr Andy...My 7 lb Shih Tzu had a fleshy lump behind her right ear removed last Nov. 2017. At the appt. the doctor looked at it and sasid he was "99% sure it was nothing." At that appt. he remove… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
33,266 satisfied customers
It seems that our 1 year old shih tzu had found a packet of
hello: it seems that our 1 year old shih tzu had found a packet of doxycycline that we left on our bed. and had chewed 3 of them. each is 100 mg. do see that doxycycline is prescribed for dogs. but it… read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
709 satisfied customers
8 year old shih tzu/poodle mix, suddenly having possible
8 year old shih tzu/poodle mix, suddenly having possible seizures and/or possible slip disk. My friend can not afford 400$ for an xray, vet feels it could be neruo or slip disk put dog on Joey on Auth… read more
Heath Wilkerson
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
342 satisfied customers
Our shih tzu ate a Co-Q10 pill. Is this dangerous? 2 years
Our shih tzu ate a Co-Q10 pill. Is this dangerous? … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
709 satisfied customers
Our Shih Tzu has 1cyst at his anal and a larger one up on
Our Shih Tzu Bailey has 1cyst at his anal and a larger one up on his tail. What could be causing this? … read more
Sean Egan
Sean Egan
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
404 satisfied customers
My Shih Tzu has a cornea laceration we are treating with
My Shih Tzu has a cornea laceration we are treating with meds and drops but also we are treating dry eye with cyclosporine drops. It's hard with all the meds sometimes she gets frustrated and moves an… read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
567 satisfied customers
I have a relatively healthy 14 year old shih tzu. She is
Hi, I have a relatively healthy 14 year old shih tzu. She is basically deaf and has major vision loss, however she still eats and drinks reguarly and can still run and jump on couch etc. She sleeps mo… read more
Heath Wilkerson
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
342 satisfied customers
Have a 12 year old Shih Tzu was treated last week for ear
Have a 12 year old Shih Tzu was treated last week for ear infection informed vet that she was yelping for no reason and has head bobbing. Informed that it was proble bue to infection. She is still bob… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
8,299 satisfied customers
10 mo. Old shih tzu. Was given a couple oz of milk because
10 mo. Old shih tzu. Was given a couple oz of milk because she was constipated. In about 1.5 hrs she had two massive bowel movements. Then she vomited tremendous amounts of undigested food. She contin… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,324 satisfied customers
My shih-tzu has what appears to be cataracts....( she is 14)
Thanks! My shih-tzu has what appears to be cataracts....( she is 14) ...What's the prognosis for removal? … read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,063 satisfied customers
Shih tzu. He's become aggressive and even biting. Scruffy
Shih tzu JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that correct? Customer: Yes JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the Shih Tzu? Customer: He's become aggressive… read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
714 satisfied customers
My 9mth old shih Tzu ate my 15yr old shih Tzu' s heart
My 9mth old shih Tzu ate my 15yr old shih Tzu' s heart medication … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
33,266 satisfied customers
We have an adopted stray shih tzu. Sweet disposition. She
We have an adopted stray shih tzu. Sweet disposition. She seems to have dry skin. We see little flakes when we groom her. I've read where we should be giving her omega oils but this is foreign to us. … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
33,266 satisfied customers
My shih tzu has a sore ear. He shakes his head alot, tries
My shih tzu has a sore ear. He shakes his head alot, tries to scratch it often and it looks wet and irritated inside. … read more
Dr. Joey
Dr. Joey
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,710 satisfied customers
I have a Shih Tzu, Bichon mix. In her right ear excessive
I have a Shih Tzu, Bichon mix. In her right ear excessive dark brown wax secretions come out. This gets so bad that it matts the hair in her ear causing a Dammming affect. This severe blockage then dr… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,533 satisfied customers
My shih Tzu Riley has had ear infections off and on... he
My shih Tzu Riley has had ear infections off and on... he had an episode last night where his eyes darted back and forth … read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,051 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x