Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

yeast infection on skin

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by jowalshy, Jul 30, 2009.


  1. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello.

    I posted first in the welcome section and it was suggested that I post my problem here.

    I would be grateful for any help offered for the problem my dog has with her skin.

    Below is what I posted in the welcome forum:-

    am a proud owner of a wonderful German Shepherd bitch. Unfortunately a few weeks ago she was diagnosed as having a yeast infection. This has lead to her losing a lot of her fur on her belly. On top of that, she chased off an intruder in our home about two weeks after being diagnosed with the infection, and in the process broke her front leg. This has put the treatment of her skin complaint on hold until her leg heals

    At first the vet put a cast on her leg, but it had to be taken off due to it rubbing on her toes and causing another infection in her foot. After a week of not wearing the cast the foot got better and another cast was fitted.

    Today I have had to return to the vets as the cast was cutting into the top of her leg causing it to be very sore. Again the vet removed the cast and I have to return in a weeks time to have another cast put on.

    On top of all this my poor dog has had to wear a lampshade (one of the collar things to stop them licking) which has caused her hair to fall out around her neck.

    I have been told that we cannot treat the skin complaint until the leg has healed, but surely there must be something I can do to ease the discomfort. At the rate we are going I'm going to end up with a completely bald dog

    Please help my dog

    I did a little research and found that you can use natural baby wipes to help clean the skin.

    Hopefully this, over a space of time, will help.

    Any other suggestions on how to treat her skin would be gratefully received. I can't give her a bath as I was told by the vet she must not get her cast wet, and although she has not wearing a cast for the moment, it is no point starting the treatment with the special shampoo as she has to have the cast back on next week.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. lynn9994

    lynn9994 PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    3
    Oh i am sorry to hear about your poor dog, you have not mentioned diet for your dog are you having to give a yeast free food. My dogs sometimes get a little dry skin and i use exmarid lotion which is very good a bit smelly but it works. All of my dogs are prone so i feed hypoalergenic food only with no wheat this seems to work well for them. Do hope you get the problem sorted out soon i do hate to think of your baby suffering.

    Lynn
     
  3. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    The vet never said anything about changing her diet. She is quite a fussy eater when it comes to food. Currently we are feeding her on Winalot meat in jelly as this is the only brand she seems to like for the moment.

    I will pop up to our local pet shop later and see if they have anything for her to try and hopefully this will help.

    The poor thing has hardly any fur left on her belly and what with the lampshade around her head, she has started to lose it there from the rubbing.

    I just feel so helpless at the moment as she has to wear the lampshade to stop her licking the wound that was caused by the cast on her leg.

    The vet won't give us anything to help her skin as he wants the leg to heal first and this might be yet another month as he is going away on holiday soon. :(

    Thanks for the tip about the lotion, I will see if I can pick some up.

    Jo :)
     
  4. aurora

    aurora PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2008
    Messages:
    596
    Likes Received:
    9
    what does the allergy look like rash etc, our girl has had a rash and the vet prescribed some antibiotics for the skin infection and some steriod cream, can't understand why your vet has not done something and let her continue to suffer, does she scratch a lot.

    hope she's feelin better soon:)
     
  5. gesic

    gesic PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,588
    Likes Received:
    148
    What about washing the skin in some anti fungal shampoo (malaseb) and applying some aloe vera gel (99% pure), that would sooth the itch.
     
  6. lynn9994

    lynn9994 PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    3
    I can't believe a vet would leave the skin complaint until the leg heals, as for scratching there is an injection which can be given to lower any itching. My advice would be change your vet and get a second opinion
     
  7. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    She had skin scrapings done which diagnosed the problem as a yeast infection. Unfortunately she cannot have a bath due to her leg being in a cast and it has to be kept dry. She was put on a course of antibiotics, whether this has helped I don't know as the skin looks the same. Also as she is wearing a lampshade to prevent her from chewing the cast, the skin problem has now gone round her neck area.

    I have been cleansing her skin with baby wipes, which she loves. Hopefully this should ease some of the itchiness. I have also been in touch with a specialst food company that does holistic natural foods and Iwill begin weaning her onto it over the next few days. The food people said it could take up to 8 weeks to notice any improvement.

    I think she was not prescribed any steriods due to it might interfere with the healing of her leg.
     
  8. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    The saga continues.

    Buff's leg, as the vet puts it, healed enough to not warrant a new cast. Yesterday she had an operation to remove a lump from her abdomen. This turns out to be a piece of ovary, that has been producing eggs for the past 5 years, left in after her emergency hysterectomy back in 20004 (she got pyometra).

    As you all know, Buffy has gone through a hell of a lot for the past month or so, but I want to know is should I dispute the £620 bill as I paid over £500 back in 2004 for her to have all the bits removed.

    The vet she has now is a wonderful vet and it was an associate of his that performed the original hysterectomy back in 2004. I feel very upset that the problems with her skin, and having to undergo another operation, which, in my view, is caused from the original hysterectomy not being done fully in the first place.

    any thoughts?

    should I ask for a reduction in the cost of the operation she had yesterday?
     
  9. lynn9994

    lynn9994 PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    3
    hi its a tough one to answer really. If your insurance is willing to pay out for the vet fees i would just go with that. I would not think her yeast problem would be anything to do with the prior operation, usually that problem is on going from a puppy. I know some insurance policies don't cover for a recurring problem after they have paid out once. I can only say no one can really advise, you can only make the decision by yourself. Sorry if i'm not very helpful i do hope Buffy makes a full recovery.
     
  10. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    The vet did say that her skin condition was more than likely caused by the lump being there and he said he was confident, that now he has removed the lump, her skin will improve with time.
     
  11. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    My poor Buffy started spotting this morning so had to go back to the vets again. Looks like an infection :( so she is on yet another course of antibiotics.

    Her skin has shown good signs of improving but the vet has said it could take up to a whole year for her hair to fully return.

    I am hoping that this will be the last complication she will have and will make a fully recovery soon.
     
  12. LostGirl

    LostGirl PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Messages:
    9,430
    Likes Received:
    139
    oh god shes been through the mill hasnt she :(

    hope her luck turns soon and she gets on the road to recovery and stays there :)

    I wouldnt be pleased paying out the money to removed something that shouldve been removed while being spayed. If they (the same practice) did thier job correctly in the first place she wouldnt have to go through it again
     
  13. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    I know what you mean.

    They think she has got stump pyometra. When she had the op a couple of weeks ago, to remove the ovarian cyst, they also trimmed down her stump to the bare minimum as it had a cyst on there as well.

    My poor Buffy, who used to be so quiet when she went to the vets, now barks and snarls as soon as we enter the waiting room. She also tries to climb on my lap!!!!!

    The thing that is worrying me is that the vet said that if she does not show any signs of improvement, we will have to take her back in to have an ultrasound to see what is going on. I am hoping and praying that she will not need this, as for her to undergo another traumatic experience is so unfair on her.
     
  14. princessx87

    princessx87 PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    581
    Likes Received:
    10
    I would contest the payment, as if it was me i would look at it like:-

    "I paid for the work to be carried out well in the first place"
    And now after everything she has been through already, She should not need a further OP due to them.

    I also would move vets after the treatment.

    Hopes she gets better soon x
     
  15. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have only paid half the vets fees from the operation to remove the ovarian cyst. I did express my concerns when she had the pre-op check last week about the fact that it is costing another £600 to remove a cyst that shouldn't not have been able to form. All the vet said was that it is a possibilty that it was an ovarian cyst. The sample he sent off to be examined did not contain any ovarian tissue. But how can a cyst form from nothing? He also stated that these things can happen.

    I am not paying them a penny until all the problems associated with this has been sorted. I think my dog has been through enough already due to their oops's.
     
  16. jilly40

    jilly40 PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    2,943
    Likes Received:
    89
    natural BIO yogurt in her food will help.also gsd `s are really prone to food allergies i know my girl a number of years ago just couldnt tollerate certain foods,also the one we fostered 4 a while. do your research re food ring up some breeders? ask on here? they have really delicate systems.& what suits one may not suit another.but winelot is a no no 4 them im sorry .hope that helps i really feel 4 you n your poor girl .perhaps a second oppinion ? xxx
     
  17. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    We have gradually changed her food to 'Burns' and also giving her conditioning tablets. This, I think, has helped her skin condition alot.

    She has allways been a fussy eater. Sometimes she would eat Butchers Tripe, then she would go off of it so we changed to Winalot, then she went off of that. Before we changed to Burns, she was on Tescos meat in jelly, which she loved.
     
  18. jilly40

    jilly40 PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    2,943
    Likes Received:
    89
    lol i know they are fussy little beggers!!! but the cheaper food really doesnt suit them its the protein content my vet said? jwb ? http://www.gjwtitmuss.co.uk/JAMESWE...H2623383BRICEADULT18KG283KGEXTRAFREE29.aspbut you need samples 1st say a smaller bag to test? my heart goes out to you hun but whatever you get pop the nat bio yogurt in ;) xx
     
  19. alaun

    alaun PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    Messages:
    4,295
    Likes Received:
    113
    Hi, poor Buffy really has been through the mill - hope things pick up soon.

    My wolfie suffers a form of yeast infection...we changed her food to burns and give her Efavet tablets. We also sponge the sore patches with maleseb shampoo. This has really helped and she now looks much better and her hair has grown back in lovely condition.

    Good luck with Buffy:)
     
  20. jowalshy

    jowalshy PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    We are currently bathing her in the Maleseb shampoo at the moment. She went off her food a bit last week. This, I can only assume, is a result of the infection building up inside her.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice