Pug with Black Smelly Skin?

I own a 5 year old pug. Since he was 6 months old, he has had non-stop ear infections, yeast, staph, etc. He has seen 2 very good vets and I am now getting ready to take him to a natural vet.


He has been on all different types of antibiotics, steroids and shampoos. He's tried different foods and vitamins. His skin now is very tough and turned black where he itches (which is everywhere). He smells like foot rot which makes up beleive it is yeast. I've even tried antifungal foot cream on him. I don't know what to do and feel like I'm being neglectful even though I have no more ideas.

Please help!

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By Kathy K. (Guest Post)
August 3, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried changing his food to a duck and potato kibble? (available at your vet.) It's expensive, but it's made for dogs with food allergies, which, frankly, it sounds like your dog has.


We got our rescue pomeranian last year and she had ear infections, tons of black earwax building up and she would scrape her rear on the carpet. After we changed her food, she has been great ever since.

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August 4, 20050 found this helpful

Our older dog, Tara has the same problem. It turns out that she is allergic to beef and fleas. She would scratch so much that all the hair would come off her hind end. So I changed her food to a chicken or a lamb base and she doesn't stink or scratch like she used to.

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By laurie (Guest Post)
August 22, 20050 found this helpful

This is seen alot in pomeranians, black skin disease. It has another name."endocrine dermatitis condition sometimes referred to as black skin disease.


This condition affects a number of different breeds, and while it involves some (usually temporary) coat loss, it is more of an aesthetic than a health related condition"

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By Billie (Guest Post)
August 30, 20050 found this helpful

Try a dogfood called Canidae. Look up info on it on the internet. you can buy it locally. It is amazing. Also get a heaping tsp. of ground flax meal into him daily. Grain based foods cause the most harm and allergies to pets!

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October 3, 20070 found this helpful

Hi there. My 12 year old black pug has smelly skin; but it doesn't bother me for some reason. Its just how she smells. But her skin has never turned black and tough. I hope you can get tot he root of that problem! My pug did have non stop ear infections: I can't tell you how many times I took her to the Vet; and I was given so many ear washes to try; anti-biotics, etc...Then I read on the internet how to make a ear wash that also will eliminate ear infections. In a small bottle, add an equal mix of each of these ingredients: white vinegar, water, and peroxide. Shake well. I pour a small amount into a cup; microwave it for 2-3 seconds (so its not cold: test it with your finger). Then pour into ears; hold dog's head for a minute, then release. I aslo keep my pug's ears clean in between with baby wipes; I also clean her ears with the wipes before putting this mixture in her ears.


Since I have done this, I haven't had to take my pug back once for an ear infection. When my pug Sadie's ears start looking a bit dirty or red, I'll wipe them out with a baby wipe; then apply this mixture into her ears...clean the ears again the next day. I'll do this a time or two, till I start seeing her ears clean up. There are two major reasons for ear infections; a yeast problem, and something else (can't remember right now. The peroxide and vinegar attack each of these problems. You can't do it for a long time; I've never done this to my pug for more than 3 days. My husband told a co-worker of his this tip: his dog had repeated ear infections: and since they started treating their dog's ears this way, their dog has never had another bad ear infection. It's wierd how well this works...Hope it works for you. It's worth a try anyway! Debbie

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