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  • Our dog Saydee seems to have all the symptom of over-active yeast infection: a sour smell to her fur, an oily coat, red skin, hair loss, and itching. We took her to the vet and they gave her a steroid shot to treat allergies, but it didn't help. We've changed her food from cheap kibble with corn as the main ingredient to another brand which lists corn as the third ingredient. It seems to be helping. How can we get the smell and oily coat under control? We bathe her every couple days but that is only a quick fix. Any suggestions?

    The symptoms that you’re describing can be a skin infection. Skin infections can be caused by yeast or bacteria. They can also have an underlying cause like allergies. The treatment of skin infections will depend on what is causing the infection as well as if there is an underlying disease.

    I would recommend that you take your pet in to see your veterinarian. They can give you a better idea of what may be causing Saydee’s itching as well as the smell. This can be very uncomfortable to her, so it is best that she is seen as soon as possible. Your veterinarian can let you know what treatment is best for her.


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