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What to feed dog that has yeast infection?

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what to feed dog that has yeast infection?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Nvrhome,

Is this a yeast infection of the skin?
What are you feeding your dog currently?
How old is your dog?
What breed?
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: schnoodle
3yr old male
skin yeast with infection in ears
Had him on Purina HA and now have him on nutro for last 2 mths
try to give him treats that are low in protein; no corn, no fillers
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
will you be able to answer my question?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Nvrhome,

Sorry for asking for information in the optional info area. It did take me some time to type up your answer. Yeast dermatitis can occur as the result of any scratching. While a lot of yeast dermatitis is seen with allergies, it can also result from any cause of scratching.

Yeast and Staph dermatitis are generally seen with allergies. Staph usually occurs on the lower regions of your pet and tends to have small pimple type bumps. Shampoo containing Chlorhexiderm and/or Oatmeal can help with this condition. Yeast typically shows as a greasy area that has a sweet musty odor. Sometimes the skin can become inflamed, darker and thickened due to itching. Yeast likes areas such as between toes, armpits and ears. Selsun Blue Shampoo can help with Yeast dermatitis. When shampooing, lather and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing. These shampoos are not meant to be a cure, just a relief until your pet can see a Vet. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours for itching due to allergies.

You can read about allergies here:
http://www.nhahonline.vetsuite.com/Templates/ContentPages/Articles/ViewArticleContent.aspx?Id=864
http://www.lbah.com/allergy.htm

Here is a site that goes over itching in dogs.
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/itch-itch-itch-when-your-dog-can-t-stop-scratching/page1.aspx

A hypoallergenic dog food should have helped the situation if it was a food allergy, but given the large number of possibilities, it can be hard to pin down. Most people do a food trial with something like venison and potatos since it is unlikely the dog has eaten those before. Here is a few choices for you on this site.
http://www.nextag.com/dog-food-allergy/search-html

You may want to bypass the food trials and go straight to the allergy testing by a dermatologist. While initially testing can be expensive, in the long run it is frequently cheaper than treating the skin conditions and special diets until the allergen is pinned down.

Remember when doing a food trial, no treats or other foods should be given during the trial. I hope these suggestions help.
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