Posted by Cmleung (Toronto, Canada) on 06/26/2015
[NAY] My dog is an 10 years old Akita, neutered male. He has been scratching like crazy and have yeast problem two years ago, it has never stopped. Over the 2 years the vet has prescribed steroids-prednisone, antibiotics, all kinds of blood tests, change his food according to the vet recommendation (it was kangaroo meat), and nothing helps. He got severe diarrhea with the new food and finally refused to eat them, so we switch him to a salmon brand. We tried to bath him but he is one of those that HATE bathing. For us to bath him we will need to take a day off! We were referred to an ER dermatologist. She must have needed money bad or need to prove herself. She is so adamant about prescribing him EVERY treatments and pills under the sun, and probably want to maximized the kick-back from pharmaceutical company! Anyway, long story short. They switch him to Venatyl-P, with antibiotics and Ketoconazole, continue with his cleanser (that is another thing which we have accumulated bottles of different things from the vet). We were prescribed Venatyl-P before but we weren't able to lower the dosage and the drug is getting too costly. Our insurance was very slow to give us back the money. Everything needs to pay up front. So the old vet prescribed prednisone. He was ok with the prednisone once a day, until the derma insisted to switch him to venatyl-p or no drug for my Koda at all. The attitude was outrageous when we demanded a price list for the treatment plan and pick what we can effort at the time. The owner/head vet at Koda's 'family vet' refused to refill his Venatyl-P nor prednisone until we bring him in. I understand the risk, and over the pass two years we have been spending thousands of dollars at the same vet. But using the tactics to force upon visits and treatments gets my blood boiled.
Enough of the vent.
We have tried to give him ACV on the skin. It makes the situation worse. He licks it even more and dislike the smell or taste. I guess because he licks it more, skin was always moist and therefore encourage the growth of yeasts. Then we tried to put ACV in his water and food. He eats them, but situation never improved. We also give him Yogurt along with ACV. Nothing changes. He seems to like the yogurt though.
So... this post is to report what is NOT working unfortunately :(
I just started to give him Yogurt with acidophilus. I haven't seen any improvement yet but it has only been two days. He is more gassy though.
I will also try turmeric put on his skin and see what happen.
Has anyone try to use the over-the-counter yeast infection treatment like Canesten cream?