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13 yo diabetic Basset Hound named Daisy. She is pretty well controlled with insulin twice a day, and she has been on Science Diet w/d for over a year. In May 2013, she had a large cyst removed from her left hip. In Oct, over the course of 24 hours, she got a bump, it drained, the skin got raw, and the hair fell out. We had lab work, nothing definitive. She was on antibiotics, oral and topical. It got better, the hair grew back. Early in December, same thing happened, same treatment and result. We left her at the kennel (her vet) for a week earlier this month, and she had a huge outbreak. We got her out 10 days ago, and whatever it is is spreading. The drainage doesn't last longer than a few hours, the skin seems to be slightly irritated, but the hair comes out in clumps and she smells. Vet says she doesn't know, but thinks some form of cystic adenoma. We are on third round of antibiotics (different one this time). I try to hot pack it once a day if Daisy will let me, I clean it twice a day, and apply topical antibiotic.The area has progress from about the size of a small hand to about 8 inches in length and 4 or so inches across. The older area is growing back the hair and has stopped draining. She doesn't act like it bothers her.
 

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13 yo diabetic Basset Hound named Daisy. She is pretty well controlled with insulin twice a day, and she has been on Science Diet w/d for over a year. In May 2013, she had a large cyst removed from her left hip. In Oct, over the course of 24 hours, she got a bump, it drained, the skin got raw, and the hair fell out. We had lab work, nothing definitive. She was on antibiotics, oral and topical. It got better, the hair grew back. Early in December, same thing happened, same treatment and result. We left her at the kennel (her vet) for a week earlier this month, and she had a huge outbreak. We got her out 10 days ago, and whatever it is is spreading. The drainage doesn't last longer than a few hours, the skin seems to be slightly irritated, but the hair comes out in clumps and she smells. Vet says she doesn't know, but thinks some form of cystic adenoma. We are on third round of antibiotics (different one this time). I try to hot pack it once a day if Daisy will let me, I clean it twice a day, and apply topical antibiotic.The area has progress from about the size of a small hand to about 8 inches in length and 4 or so inches across. The older area is growing back the hair and has stopped draining. She doesn't act like it bothers her.
That sounds like yeast. I would suspect the poor quality food and antibiotics.
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You might want to consult a specialist, if one's available. A veterinary school would be another good option for a second opinion. You may like your vet a lot and he or she may be very good but I don't think it's ever a mistake to seek another opinion with something like this. Good luck.
 

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Thank you! After reading about yeast infections, I am going to try a number of things, including changing her food. That will be tricky-Basset Hounds tend to run to fat, and with her diabetes, it's a real issue. I will add acidophilus, probiotics, and Greek yogurt, if she will eat it. I have a medication for fungal infections, so will try that right now.
 

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lower carb food is great for yeast- no grains, no potatoes...it might help with her blood sugar too as the carbs cause spikes whereas protiens have a different glyciemic effect. I don't know a ton about food for dogs with diabetes, but I think some foods (maybe Zignature?) advertises low glyciemic index food.
 

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Thank you. I am investigating foods for her. Unfortunately, I live in a small town where premium foods are non-existent.
 

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Thank you. I am investigating foods for her. Unfortunately, I live in a small town where premium foods are non-existent.
Try to find a brand called Zignature if you can it does not contain potatoes. Its good for yeasty dogs. Home cooking would also be an option then you know what is in to food.
 

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You need to be really careful with changing foods as she is diabetic. Work with your vet, so you can keep track of her sugar levels as you make any changes. Different foods may require an adjustment of her insulin dosage.

Overall, this is not something to be done lightly.
Consult your vet first! No doubt the food and insulin has already been closely calibrated with one another.

If you really think this is yeast, talk it over with your vet, not just an internet forum first. You have no idea what level of knowledge or education you are dealing with here.
Medical school (veterinary school) has its uses! :)
 

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You need to be really careful with changing foods as she is diabetic. Work with your vet, so you can keep track of her sugar levels as you make any changes. Different foods may require an adjustment of her insulin dosage.

Overall, this is not something to be done lightly.
Consult your vet first! No doubt the food and insulin has already been closely calibrated with one another.

If you really think this is yeast, talk it over with your vet, not just an internet forum first. You have no idea what level of knowledge or education you are dealing with here.
Medical school (veterinary school) has its uses! :)
That is also why I recommended Zignature it is a low glycemic food.

Why is it so important there be no potatoes or potato starch in Zignature® products?
Potatoes have been identified as a high glycemic binder for dog food and may cause potential problems with diabetic dogs. A food’s glycemic index refers to how quickly a food is turn into glucose and released into the blood stream after being consumed. We use only low glycemic binders such as whole chickpeas and garden peas. For more details on the Glycemic index and how it relates to your pet, visit the Glycemic Research institute at Glycemic Research Institute | Pet Food Certification Awards Program |
 

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I want to thank you all for your suggestions. With the vet's advice, Daisy's food was changed, and I was cleaning her back with a mild vinegar and water solution. The yeast situation did improve, and the house no longer smelled like baking bread.

Unfortunately, Daisy absolutely stopped eating and drinking, so we were forced to put her to sleep Feb 7. We had adopted her 10 years ago to the day. I hope we gave her a good life-she sure filled ours with love. The house feels rather empty right now, and the back yard doesn't feel right either. We will miss that little girl.
 

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So sorry that your girl has passed. I'm sure you gave her a great life. When you are ready, there will be another dog who needs you, so keep your eyes open!
 
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