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Old 11-06-2012, 01:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I adopted Tiffany a year ago from my local shelter, she had so much flea dirt on her she was grey and didn't even look like a Maltese. From her ribs back had no hair. I've kept her on comfortis and flea free for a year now. She also gets cortisone shots when needed. I can't get her hair to grow back though or get the yeasty smell to go away. I use medicated shampoo which I think is drying her skin out (she's flakey in spots) but the Dr insists that's the treatment for this. I have given her a teaspoon of plain yogurt a couple of times for the yeast but I'm really scared to do that you get such conflicting information off the Internet. Anyone have any suggestions or advice? Are we going to have to deal with a bald rear end forever?


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Old 11-06-2012, 08:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a thread that has been started by the ROYAL PET CLUB and you can ask them any type of questions you have and a vet tech will answer your question. I think they can help you with your problem.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She could also have demodex. Stress and poor health can bring this on. If she lived in a bad environment before you got her, her immune system is probably compromised-this gives the demodex mites a chance to run amock. The yeasty smell oftentimes goes along with this. Your vet can do a skin scraping but a negative result isn't always an accurate diagnosis. Steroid shots only compound the problem because they subdue the immune system further. (Don't be alarmed about the mites, 99.9% of dogs have them.)

I've helped quite a number of rescue dogs with this problem by using Ivermectin. This is off label use so not all vets will agree with this treatment. I used to know a dog with this same problem who was treated for years by the vet with steroid shots. The dog only got better when they stopped the shots and started the Ivermectin. They need a daily dose for weeks but it works. Depending on how bad their skin is, though, the yeasty smell can stick around for a while afterwards.
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We had a mite problem earlier this year when my sister's dog moved in for a period....

I used Pet Alive Manage Mites shampoo and VETiONX Defendex shampoo - both are natural herbal shampoos. It quickly helped with the mite issue.... and I also use them for any skin rashes or dry skin. The herbs used are very soothing to the skin.
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Check out Melissa's aloe vera for pets. My mom gives this to her yorkies, Newfie and Poodle
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I'm going to post pics of her. I cut all of her hair today hoping that will help with managing her skin


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