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My 13 year old labradoodle has a yeast infection diagnosed

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My 13 year old labradoodle has a yeast infection diagnosed by our vet. He was put on antibiotics but it seemed to make it worse. I have his ears under control but he smells terrible and scratches everywhere, scoots on his behind and licks his paws. I have been treating with vinegar water and it has helped some. Can I use mono stat on his coat and paws?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?
Customer: His name is ***** ***** he has been to the vet. He doesn't have fleas.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Doodles?
Customer: He has been going to this vet for over year now so he knows Doodles quite well. Doodles had pancreatitis last Christmas.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Doodles. Can you tell me which antibiotic was prescribed? Ketoconazole dosed at 5 mg/lb once daily for a month plus shampooing twice weekly in a chlorhexidine- and ketoconazole- or miconazole-containing shampoo usually is quite effective when addressing widespread yeast. Here's my more complete synopsis of yeast infection for you:

1. Any underlying cause (allergies/food intolerance, atopy, e.g., endocrinopathy/hypothyroidism, e.g., keratinization defect/seborrhea) must be identified and corrected.

2. For mild cases, topical therapy alone is often effective. The patient should be bathed every 2-3 days with shampoo that contains 2% ketoconazole, 1% ketoconazole/2% chlorhexidine (, 2% miconazole, 2-4% chlorhexidine, or 1% selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue). Shampoos that have two active ingredients provide better efficacy. Treatment should be continued until the lesions resolve and follow-up skin cytology reveals no organisms (approximately 4 weeks).

3. The treatment of choice for moderate to severe cases is ketoconazole or fluconazole 10 mg/kg orally with food every 24 hours. Treatment should be continued until lesions resolve and follow-up skin cytology reveals no organisms (approximately 4 weeks).

4. Alternatively, treatment with terbinafine 5-40 mg/kg orally every 24 hours or itraconazole (Sporanox) 5-10 mg/kg every 24 hours for 4 weeks may be effective.

The prognosis is good if the underlying cause can be identifed and corrected. Otherwise, regular once- or twice-weekly antiyeast shampoo baths may be needed to prevent relapse. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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