Dog Yeast Infection Turned Into Itching All Over
by Amy Morris
(Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)
My dog phoebe has had what started off as a possible yeast infection (elephant skin? when I searched for it on the internet) on her right ear. A tiny black patch is also on her left ear, and quite a big patch down her back the middle section, from where her tail ends to half way up her back, is also appearing.
I have been applying organic diluted tea tree oil to the ear and coconut oil afterward, and this is helping the ear and the once completely black ear is now starting to go pink again from the ends up, and is growing hair back again all over as it was completely bald 2 weeks ago. So this is some progress.
The thing is that she is now itching so badly all over her body (and still her ear that she makes it bleed) she is taking fur off the rest of her body and we do not know why. The black rash is flaking down the middle of her back. She also has red itches appear and I am not sure if these are from flea bites and that she is allergic too them? They sort of look like hives not really sure. They are are on one of the pictures attached.
We have recently in the last 3months put her on commercial dry kibbles again the name is 'Purina One', and I personally feel since we have upped the amount of this food, reducing her natural home cooked food, to help her pick up weight as she was just too thin on the natural diet we had her on, that she is losing more fur all over. I wonder if the preservatives etc. she could maybe be allergic too?
I have put her on in the last week, a natural dog food called Vondis www.vondis.co.za for more information and the specific one for allergies and digestive troubles, but I am scared to pull the commerical dog food totally (as I have reduced it considerably) incase she suddenly drops weight again as she was under weight for so long, until we put her on commercial food. But I do feel, being a natural nutritionist myself, that if the food is one of the problems then I must pull it - as if I was seeing someone with an allergy to milk, I would be silly in suggesting they keep the dairy in their diet.
I am based in Durban South Africa for 2 more months, well just less and would like to get her as well as possible before she fly's with us to the UK. Where she will be in quarantine and not having us give her all the special care she needs, and being treated naturally for things as we so wish. She
is going to be given vaccinations just before and maybe again at the kennels, and this scares me as I do not believe in vaccinations.
What do you think of adding some homeopathic remedies too? As I have a good friend who is a homeopathic doctor who can prescribe me some remedies for my babies to help with the effects of vaccines, and maybe for Phoebes skin troubles? As we have another dog, and one cat that will be moving with. Interesting the other animals do not have the problems poor Phoebe has. Not even a sign of it/them. And the two dogs play all day, and are all over each other. Maybe Phoebe has a weak immune system?
We got her 9months ago from an animal shelter, and she was 3 months old. When we got her she came with mange and I refused to keep treating her conventionally, only believing in natural options when allowed to choose. She was given some conventional treatment from the shelter and this obviously has suppressed certain problems. I do not think I even finished her 'routine' vaccines. I have had her vaccinated once I think for rabies when she got bit by a monkey. Much to my dismay. I recently got her spayed, like 2 weeks ago too. Her weight was fine when we got her, until we changed her over to homemade food, namely 20% protein (beef/mince), 40% brown rice, and 40% sweet potatoes and carrots. Then she lost about 5 kgs so hence we are scared to mess her diet up and cause her to lose weight just before we are about to fly. But we must address the cause of the problem and not suppress it which is why I am writing to you now for the most natural treatment that will help.
Now she has the Vondi's fresh natural diet, 500gs a day,and 1cup of Purina One. (The vondis food consists of special soothing herbs for her coat, and digestion, some organic herbs and oils, brown rice and chicken with a little veg - not all is organic) With some omega 3 fish oil added raw by me.
Do you think brewers yeast will help the fleas?
And that I need a good quality multivitamin, enzyme, and pro-biotic supplement? As I realise good skin starts with a good digestive system.
I am currently rubbing coconut oil all over her to try sooth the skin rashes and stop the fleas and possible yeast or mites.I am treating her fleas with a natural khakibos (african herb) spray which seems to repel the fleas. But today she had quite a few all over her.
Some of her nipples are also black and swollen.
I look forward to your reply.
Amy Morris (DNN) Durban South Africa
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