Sabrina was a happy, healthy 6 yr old Airedale until last October 2009. The trouble started after a haircut with a new razor and blade, which cut her hair very close and seemed to give her a razor burn. I have been shaving my dogs for over 30 years and this had never happened before. At first she got a redness on her sides. This then developed into a rash, then open sores. The scariest symptom of all was the elephant feeling of her skin. We took her to our reg Vet who immediately gave her Baytril. When that ran out and she was only worse he gave her more meds, prednisone, shots and an anti-fungal shampoo/rinse.
Everything made her worse. He finally did a culture and said she had a fungal infection. More meds. Nothing, getting worse everyday.
It was now Dec. We told him we wanted to try another Vet. Later we found out that her second culture came back as Staph. The new Vet gave her a new shampoo, Duoxo,more anti-biotics, including Cipro which terrified me. Her first culture came back as Ringworm, so she increased the meds a little. After two weeks when there was no improvement, she wanted to do a punch biopsy under sedation.
I refused. Airedales have a history of dying, under even light sleep. She got upset and said we would have to find another Vet if we wanted her to have this done under a local. She also said that the latest culture came back as Staph/E-coli. And to also do a Lymdip bath along with the Duoxo bath.
We told her we were taking Sabrina to a Derm Vet specialist. It is now Jan. The Derm Vet specialist did the biopsies under, surprise, a local, and put her on lighter Cipro dose until the results came back. Said to continue with the Duoxo and Lymdip baths. Said she will call us with lab results next week.
Gave us the impression she felt it may be skin cancer. At this point I am no longer willing to go along with this.
I have been Googling all day every day for a week and finally have come to the conclusion that Sabrina may have a systemic Yeast infection. She has all of the symptoms, leg stiffness, draining open sores everywhere and elephantitis skin, strong smell, general lethargy, plus runny eyes.
Sabrina has been on Wellness Lamb/Rice Super Mix for about 3 years. Gets 2 Nutro Lamb/Rice cookies once a day. She gets two meals of cooked lamb/brown rice and frozen mixed veggies (peas, lima beans, green beans, corn and carrots)along with broccoli, cauliflower and 2 t. of Missing Link each day.
During the day she gets treats of apples(no peeling) and raw baby carrots. She started getting Greek Yogurt with blueberries after dinner a few weeks ago.
Her water is bottled because we live in the country and have a well I do not trust. It kills me to think that I was giving her bad things that led up to this horrible Yeast infection. I know now that nearly all of these foods turned into sugar and overrode her defense system allowing this happen.
Starting yesterday, thanks to all of the sites like this one out there, her diet is changed. She is getting only her cooked lamb, then a few hours later broccoli, cauliflower and green beans.
Later 2 T. Greek Plain yogurt, which will all be repeated for six meals a day, until hopefully she improves. Tomorrow I will go look for the yeast free supplements for this new diet and the new meats to roast with the few allowed veggies.
I also was sickened to think that her heart worm tabs (they have yeast) and flea meds were also adding to the problem.
Yeast is everywhere and I am determined to get it out of her body.
Thank all of you for your stories and like it has been said here by others: DO NOT GIVE UP!
They have no voice and can't tell us why they hurt.
They only live to love us, how can we do any less for them?