Katy on…Sadie’s Yeast Infection

or..How we overcame Malassezia Pachydermatitis starts:

When Sadie first came to us in early November 2007, we noticed that she was “itchy” but attributed it to her move from humid Minnesota to very dry New Mexico.  I bathed her with “dry skin” shampoo and conditioner, but the itching continued.

By December 21, I noticed that the fringes of her ear leathers were encrusted with yellowish, flake-like scabs that came off when I scratched them, but did not bleed like a true scab covering a wound. She was, by this time, scratching her ear leathers and ear canals furiously. She was also biting her toenails and licking her feet..

Katy, thank you so much for taking the time to write this informative article, complete with photos. About a year ago, in an attempt to help Eli, my husband’s Labrador Retriever with his incessant scratching, I educated myself just a bit about yeast after reading about it in Whole Dog Journal. Here’s what I wrote on the Veterinary page of the website as that time: 

One suggestion is that an overgrowth of yeast in the intestines eventually leads to gut leakage. The body identifies these toxins and mounts an attack, which manifests as ‘allergies’. Treatment for ‘allergies’ may provide temporary relief; what is needed for total relief is to decrease the yeast population with the use of diet.

While I haven’t been nearly as diligent with the diet as you, Eli’s diet is largely made up of a raw meat. Yeast – at least yeast in the intestinal tract – feed on carbohydrates, so the approach is to not provide the yeast colonies with carbs. And…I admit to using an anti-histamine to help during particularly bad times.

While still with Julie, Sadie along with several other dogs went through several sessions of ‘itching’. I am wondering now if yeast was the actual culprit. Perhaps Julie will fill in the details… Although skin scrapings showed no irregularities, Julie treated her dogs with Ivermectin (which has the added benefit in mosquito country of preventing heartworms). The itching subsided and we jokingly named the entire episode “The Mutant Mites”. Couldn’t see mites upon microscopic examination, but the response to treatment was positive. The obvious question is would yeast respond to Ivermectin?

I groom a little Scottish Terrier, Wally, every two weeks. He is the nicest little dog, but lives in constant misery. He has been to a skin specialist, has had numerous tests to determine what he’s allergic to, is on a kibble diet that doesn’t contain any of those ingredients. It hasn’t made any difference. Yesterday I asked his owner if he’s been tested for yeast. Yes! She said, “sometimes he has it. Sometimes he doesn’t.” She’s at her wit’s end.

So, what comes first? The yeast or the allergies? The chicken or the egg?

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2 Comments on “Katy on…Sadie’s Yeast Infection”

  1. Angelique says:

    I just want to thank you so much for publishing this story. I have a Shih tzu who is suffering from the same affliction. I order the Transfer Factor today with overnight delivery and also the Zymox Otic. Thank you for including the web sites to purchase these products. I am just beside myself with the incessant scratching and ever since his rabies shot 2 days ago, it has gotten worse and he now has a crazy look in his poor little eyes from the suffering. I made an emergency appointment with my vet today (in just an hour). I don’t think he would have been able to diagnosis the problem as readily as I was able to do since I have literally spent the last 2 days on the web trying to find out why he has been scratching when there are no fleas or mites of any kind on him. He is just a puppy of 13 weeks and is most likely suffering from the stress of many factors in the short time that he has been here, such as separation anxiety form his mother and siblings and being in a new home, albeit a paradise of heaven he has found a new home in, it is still new non the less and so the stress of it all has added up to the symptoms of Malassezia Pachydermatitis and Vasculitis.

    Thank you for taking the time to publish this article and for providing so much useful information. I hope it will help my poor little puppy “Leo”.

  2. lhasalhady says:

    An update via email regarding a recent inquiry about this article:

    Debby forwarded your email to me, the writer of the original article. You’ll find an update on the article here: http://www.zeketheapso.us
    under Articles to Read, first page.
    Also, I have since learned that you don’t need the whey to make fermented veggies; you can make it just fine by just letting the veggies sit, after grinding, on the counter for about 4 days. Better yet, get a “Perfect Pickler” from Cultures for Health.com
    and use that. Can’t fail, and makes great pickled “anything”. I use three of them regularly, and make the best half sour kosher pickles, which are also great for our digestion, too!
    Read the article and if you have further questions, I’ll give it my best shot, if I have experience there. I am not a vet, just a dog lover and owner who has “been there, done that” and learned a better way.
    Best,
    Katy


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