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Skin Infection

Posted by Paula on 03/09/2007

My dog has had a yeast infection on skin for several years. Not sure if it is systemic fungal problem. He is now on Atopica for suppressing his immune system not much better than the antibiotics and steroid shots pushed by the vet. I wanted to try the solution of 1% copper chloride, 1% zinc chloride and 20% vinegar. Can't find where to purchase the copper and zinc compounds. The chemical companies only sell in bulk and I have only one pharmacy in the area that does compounding and they are going to check to see if they can get it for me. Do you have any suggestion on where to purchase? He is eating holistic dog food by Solidgold Gold n' Flocken but I may talk to butcher and see about getting him scraps of chicken, pork and liver which is very cheap. My poor dog get such smelly, black crust on his tail, butt, and inner thighs so bad but it does show up also on the rest of his body and around mouth but not as bad. During allergy testing (by blood) he was determined to be allergic to grass and trees but that wouldn't account for the outbreaks in the winter.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Paula: In case you can't find it try another option. This one is bit easier to find. Apply a saturated solution of borax to the dog's skin. One tablespoon of borax per liter of water plus one tablespoon of baking soda and wash it. The dog may lick it also, but this is acceptable and this will also resolve the yeast infection. You can also add 1% hydrogen peroxide plus a couple of drops (5-10 drops per liter of water) of iodine in combination. Iodine will prevent yeast from sticking to the skin. Yeast is a bit harder to kill, so when washing the dog or applying it, do not rinse. The dog may lick it, but it won't hurt the dog. It is a bit harder to kill than the dog mange. Also added to the drinking water is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/8 teaspoon of borax per liter of water to the dog's drinking water. Alkalizing and borax it will discourage the yeast infection from the inside out.

Replied by Gavin
Malacca/ Malaysia

Hi Ted, I have a GSD with major yeast problem. Been in an out of the vet, tried everything and every test. Nothing seems to work. Was reading your site and I am very keen on trying this method. However will first try to get some Borax powder. I am from Malaysia and hope I can get it here. On a separate issue, for their drinking water which as per your instructions to also add borax and baking soda, will it be ok if the other two dogs drink it. They don't have this problem. Please advise. Thank you.