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Old 08-22-2012, 02:38 PM
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Since you cant currently go back to raw, can you at least supplement with some things like MSM, coconut oil, fish oil, or maybe somethings like Fresh Factors or Longevity from Springtime? Has she been on probiotics with all the antibiotics?
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:48 PM
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My friend has been seeing a holistic vet for her dog's issues, he has a chronic staph infection basically, and she was told to try bathing him in Dreft? What do you think about that?
I haven't heard of using Dreft specifically, but I wonder if the recommendation is because it's so gentle and scent free? I don't see anything wrong with using it.

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I'll look into those herbal formulas too. Thanks! I'm not against using meds to clear up the rash, I just don't want her to be on them all the time since the rash keeps coming back.
Yea I meant more like if you didn't want to use steroids or antihistamines as long term maintenance drugs you could try the herbs instead (although really, herbs sort of ARE drugs ). Agreed with another poster that fatty acid supplements like fish oil might help as a long-term management option, too.
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:48 PM
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When you said it was "yeasty" did you mean it's moist? I wonder if you sprinkled a little baby powder on the rash if that would help dry it up a bit and make it less uncomfortable?
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:53 AM
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Gonzo had a REALLY awful yeasty rash, that spread all over his underside very suddenly.

He went on a round of prednisone, then antibiotics. It wasn't fully gone, so I switched him to full raw, and it all went away. He also got his rash after going from raw to kibble. TRY to get your parents to agree to it? If it spreads, you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in Vet bills, like it was for Gonzo.

Baking soda and antifungal baths every week, add probiotics to food (plain yogurt or a supplement) as well as salmon oil and kelp. AVOID foods with yeasty/starchy ingredients like potato & sweet potato. Supplement with as much raw as you can.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:59 PM
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Disadvantage of being an employee at busy clinic: when you bring your own pet in, it is whenever a doctor has 5 minutes of free time to quickly look at your pet, and there is not much "talking" involved. =P

Doc took a quick peak at it, said "ooooh yuck", sprayed some Gentaved on it, handed me the cephalexin and methylpred and went in to her next appointment lol. We'll finish this course of meds to get us back to square one and then I'll try some of the suggestions here to keep it at bay - taking matters into my own hands, like usual.
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So, I just feel like updating where we're at...

Rash cleared up when she was on her meds, of course. 3 days after her course of antibiotics ended, the rash began coming back (she was still on methylpred at this point). It didn't look bad at all, hardly noticeable (Pic) but holy cow was she ever irritated by it this time. If I touched it she would pretty much crawl out of her skin and go crazy scratching and chewing at it. She was scratching at it so much that she was bleeding. I was ridiculously frustrated.

Gave her a bath with Earthbath Tea Tree & Aloe shampoo, plopped some Neosporin on it (seemed like a good idea), watched her like a hawk and made her leave it alone. It began healing up. That was a couple weeks ago and her skin looks really good now.... fingers crossed! Normally it doesn't go away that fast, or stay away for this long.

She is getting weekly baths with the Earthbath, and also getting fish oil, kelp, and probiotics every day. I can only hope that something in that regimen is working. Stupid rash makes me lose my mind every time it comes back lol it is so annoying.
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...AVOID foods with yeasty/starchy ingredients like potato & sweet potato...
What she said. Until this spring, Caleb's ears looked pretty much like the picture in the beginning of the thread. They didn't always bother him, but were never pink for more than a few days. I had enough of Natural Balance when the second Diamond plant had issues this spring and switched to Earthborn Holostics (has tapioca instead of potatoes). Except for when he had a duck breast "bully stick", and we let him have an ice cream, his ears have been nice and pink- no inflammation (turns out the duck "bully stick" was duck breast wrapped in beef rawhide ).
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So glad you seem to have it under control. Thanks for updating.
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If it's recurring, it's a good idea to wonder if there's a systemic infection going on.

www.greatdanelady.com has run some good articles about systemic yeast. Between her articles and Mordy's wealth of knowledge I've learned a LOT.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:59 PM
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My dog Aspen has the exact same rash that you showed in the first picture. She got it last year and we were able to get it under control with a bath and neosporn. This year however is a different story, it comes around the first of winter and I believe it is because we take her over to grandma's and grandpas's house and she will lay in front of the fire place until she starts panting. The other dogs of the house love laying in front of the fire place so Aspen likes to follow suit. We believe this is the what is causing it but not sure why. She is on grain free kibble and in the summer time has no issues rolling in the grass playing frisbee. Going to try more baths, salmon oil, and baking powder to dry it up. Also keeping Aspen from licking it and from laying in front of the fire.
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