We adopted a 5 year old bichon/poodle mix. He was suppose to be white but he had red/brown marks around his mouth, ears, feet, etc. At the time, he also had really really gross gunk coming out of his eyes. The inside of his ears were red and itchy and he smelled, so so bad. He was like Pigpen from Charlie Brown, he just smelled when you got near him. He itched himself all the time, he would wake us up all night long itching and biting.
All these symptoms are characteristic of an overgrowth of candida which lives in his stomach. The first thing I did was feed him wheat free/gluten free food and distilled water. After two months he was super white and didn't smell. But he still itched his ears and he still smelled kinda bad. His ears were absoltely inflammed still and rashy!
The next thing I did was start feeding him quinoa chicken vegetable mash. This took care of the smelling. But his ears, would not change! I couldn't get him to drink apple cider vinegar until I mixed 1T of apple cider vinegar with freshly ground almond butter. (Mix it real good. Almond butter doesn't feed the yeast, peanut butter feeds yeast so don't use peanut butter) That helped sometimes but not completely.
A vet friend of mine recommended some western medicine but when I researched the side effects were really dangerous! Geez.
Then someone recommended Zymox. (And I really hope that Earth Clinic doesn't remove this product name) because seriously I am so grateful to them. His ears look amazing! He doesn't itch them, they're not red. No side effects! I wish someone would have told me what to do from the beginning! (Why didn't a vet tell me all this! So frustrating! ) It's taken me a year of trying all this stuff out. I don't think Zymox would have worked as well without the gf diet and such. (They also have shampoos that I'm going to try next)
Now I have the most gorgeous, healthy, happy white bichon/poodle! I hope this helps someone out there. Good luck!