I have a year old Great Dane who is now experiencing skin rashes just about everywhere. I would like some tips please, especially for using yogurt. She weights about 85 lbs. Therefore, quantity/sizes on treatment would be appreciated. I have been through the mill on all the testing and treatments and conflicting diagnosis and causes. I'll try anything at this point. Thank you.
My Maltese has had all kinds of sking troubles. He now is on Eucenuba Sensitive Skin Formula dog food. He is washed in a gentle shampoo for sensitive skin that has tea tree oil in it that I got from Petsmart. I also, when he had really bad sores, would dab tea tree oil on the sores with a cotton ball or q-tip. This helped dry and heal.
His skin is much better now.
A better alternative to yoghurt is kefir. It is made at home from 'grains' or starter kits, my dogs lap it up. They are both prone to yeast and itchinesss. It is probiotics, extremely healthy for them and you. A health food store may carry both or the grains may need to be ordered online.
I'm on a Yahoo Group called Petdogs-L
It's really great, and is a chat group, but more of the "my dog has a skin rash, what can I do" type than a "I love my dog" one. It's excellent, gives links to specialist sites, and has some professionals on it, who can really help you. I've had some of the best advice from there. It's really worth a look.
The other posts re yogurt are excellent too, but maybe you need a little bit more.
All the best to you and your woofer.
Leah from Down Under
Have you considered making your own dog food? Some of the dog food on the market have preservatives, etc. that your dog could be reacting to.
My Westie had skin problems. I finally realized he was allergic to any dog food with corn in it. Corn is in most dog foods. At the time, Kibble & Bits was corn free. I don't know if it still is.
I feed my dogs yogurt. They each weigh 88lbs. I mix one tablespoon in with their dry food, twice a day. I also give them a spoon of canned food mixed in twice a day, as well. Their fur looks great and I've heard this helps prevent bloat.
I also started eating yogurt. I figure if it was helping them so much, why not me?
I have a 18 month old great dane and I give her 1 Tablespoon of yogurt for gas. It works. I haven't heard about it working for anything else or what the dosage would be. My dane weighs just over 100 lbs.
What to do for your dog would depend on what is causing the problem. I know how expensive this can be, and it is very frustrating. As far as the yogurt question, I am assuming you want to feed that for the probiotic effect. Unfortunately, the amount you would need to feed in order to get enough of the probiotics could cause more of a problem (a couple of spoonfuls a day won't hurt, but do not provide enough of the probiotics).
If you are looking for a way to provide the probiotics, I would suggest trying giving a probiotic supplement pill. Be careful, most of the ones available do not provide the amount they say they do. The whole dog journal suggested Garden of LIfe Primal Defense. They are independently tested, so they contain the amount stated. Sort of expensive, but well worth it!
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