Allergies? Yeast? Need help for my puggle's skin

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Old 08-20-2017, 09:32 AM
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Question Allergies? Yeast? Need help for my puggle's skin

Our puggle has this ongoing skin issue since we adopted him about 2 years ago. He first started losing a LOT of his hair inside of his hind legs. He's always been itchy, scratching his ears and then gnawing/licking his back feet. The skin inside of his hind legs would turn pink and raw and he licks a lot. Some places have turned very dark, especially his "armpits". LOL

The vet originally said try grain free food. That didn't work. Then they put him on Apoquel. That seemed to help for a while, but now the issues are back and worse. All 4 of his feet have turned a reddish brown, especially between his toes and he smells! He licks and gnaws on his paws.

We went back to the vet yesterday and she said she did not see a sign of infection so no antibiotics needed. His ears are super clean, so no infection there. She is still saying it's allergies, but since I said he smells she said that could be yeast. She gave him an allergy medicine in the form of an injection that he has to have once a month. I really don't think that's the solution, but I went with it for yesterday. I've noticed an immediate difference. I haven't spotted him licking or gnawing on his body or feet since the shot. She also gave us an antifungal shampoo that we have to use once a week for a month.

But after reading up on yeast on dogs, I really think that's what we're dealing with. I'm thinking of switching his food to Acana Regional Pacifica. Of course, I want to discuss the switch with his vet first.

Any ideas or input here?

Thanks!

ETA He used to have a big problem with hair loss on both sides of his body. It looked like a map! He didn't completely lose the hair in those spots, but you could see a definite outline. For now that has cleared up and not come back.

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My beagle had this same problem. She was always scratching & biting at her skin & paws & she was prone to ear infections caused by yeast. She also had separation anxiety due to being in & out of homes. The only thing that truly helped her was a steroid medication the vet would prescribe. However, this could only be given for short periods & had to be weaned off of after a few weeks. There are medicated shampoos you can try, oatmeal shampoos, topical sprays...all of which do only so much. I recommend regular ear cleanings with a quality ear cleaning solution & wiping the outside of the ears with a cotton ball to keep them dry. We found the anxiety didn't help the allergies either. Our beagle was on medication for that as well. The main thing is getting your dog to feel comfortable. Good luck.
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