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Have tried everything for yeast and feet...need additional suggestions

So I've done a search but have found nothing any diferent than what i am doing/what I've done so.....

My 6.5 year old Golden, Karma has had yeast issues forever. About three years ado, I figured out yeast was her issue.....here is what I have done/learned so far....

Brewer's yeast is BAD....I stopped giving it to all 4 of my dogs, and that is when I figured out Karma's problem was yeast (persistent ear infections, balding feet)

Once I stopped the brewer's yeast 3 years ago, she has only had one yeast ear infection in the last 3.5 years, and all the hair grew back on her feet, but for the last 3 years..

Stained feet.

Pads break and sometimes fall off and bleed...

I have tried both 50/50 raw apple cider vinegar (1.5 yrs ago) AND Nzymes (for the last year)....her current condition:

3 of four paws are stained with that brown stuff in-between and some pads are cracked/bleeding...

This breaks my heart!!!

She loves the snow right now, but does not stay out long because her feet are sensitive....

Today I washed her feet really well with SulfOxyDex, and rubbed her feet with 50/50 coconut oil and essential oils (rosemary....tea tree, which have anti fungal properties)

She also has a stained butt, so obviously the Nzymes are not getting rid of her systemic yeast issues (and I switched her to one of the recommended foods a few years ago and she gets no treats other than a rare Hockey puck Wysong "Dream Treat".....

Any suggestions are welcome!
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Does she lick her feet and butt? The hair on Honey's pads is very dark because she licks it. Honey has had problems with her feet in the past, but I think the licking is mainly a habit with her. I was surprised when I found out that something in the saliva will make the hair darker.

Just a suggestion. Could you try some boots when she goes outside.
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Are you using organic Apple Cider Vinegar, the one with "the mother" (the nutrient-rich sediment at the bottom of the bottle; just shake before using). The best brand is Braggs at your local health food store.

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Sulfoxydex is a good antibacterial shampoo, but I find it often is too drying. I am a fan of chlorhexiderm 4% shampoo. It is antibacterial and anti fungal. We also use Mal A Ket wipes. Have you considered a food allergy trial? Or blood testing for inhalant allergies? Sometimes we have to treat with ketoconazole...

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Sounds like a thyroid issue to me.
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Originally Posted by tippykayak View Post
Sounds like a thyroid issue to me.
That or a problem with zinc. Ever since people started feeding foods with higher calcium levels zinc deficiences have been rising.

Have the dog tested for both.

By the way, the term systemic yeast is generally used by people that want to sell you something.
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Sparkles mom Sunny had this issue when we took her in after her owner passed. We tried all kinds of things tested thyroid etc. Then we did a food trail, it takes quite a few weeks 8-12 for a food trail to work. We switched her from Chicken and lamb to Duck as the protien. no wheat, corn soy or rice instead it was sweet potatoe.
We also used the shampoo that helped it was not the sulfa one sorry I no longer have the bottle. It took about three to four months before the problem went away. We had to be really strict to make sure she did not get anything else.

So I would check the thyroid if you haven't and if that is good do the food trail. It worked wonders for Sunny the vet was so pleased at the difference.

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What does your vet say?

Brewers yeast - I think does not cause yeast infections. But allergies may make your dog prone to all kinds of skin irritation and skin infections.

Our Sammy would lick and chew his feet out of boredom. And he developed hotspots on his toes which made licking them a very BAD habit. He would even chew his toenails.... IF we could get him to leave his feet alone, they would heal. But the fur always was red. I think it was red from "sweat" as well, for that matter.

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I've been dealing with this with Tucker. Have been feeding the ACV, and I think it helps but am not sure. I've also been doing as my vet recommended. I soak his feet in Epsom salt water. In addition, I wash them gently using a medicated shampoo. All this seems to lessen his desire to lick his feet, but not make it go away. So lately I've been giving him generic Benadryl and that seems to help also. The other two dogs have no issues like this. So whatever is going on--food, environment, whatever--is for Tucker only. I wish I could figure it out because I don't want to ride herd on him all the time and neither do I want his paws to get so sore that he's in pain (happened a few weeks back). So it's a ongoing process. I'll watch this thread...Perhaps there will be other ideas.

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You also might consider this. Dr. Dodds is a leading expert on thyroid as well. I just did the Nutriscan test on my puppy Jordan.

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