Katy on…Sadie’s Yeast InfectionPosted: January 24, 2008
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?