Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pug Has Yeast in Ears and Red Bumps and Sores

Q: I have a 2 year old pug who gets yeast in his ears and red bumps that look like little sores on his stomach and groin and the vet puts him on antibiotics. The antibiotics help but then he gets yeast. What can I do?

John, Oklahoma

A: A lot of your pug's problems could be due to the food you are feeding him. Be sure you are using a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet. Many diets claim to be "hypoallergenic" but they are still very high in starches such as potatoes and rice which can contribute to yeast overgrowth. Unfortunately, you can get into a cycle where you put your pug on antibiotics and then your pug gets better only to have him develop yeast which starts the whole cyle all over again.

1) Be sure you are avoiding key allergens such as wheat, corn, peanut butter, etc and use a low carbohydrate diet. This will help control yeast overgrowth.

2) Use natural anti-yeast products such as Myco-zyme or our K9 Yeast Defense whenever you are using antibiotics and also afterwards to rebalance your pug's digestive tract. People used to think that using a Probiotic was sufficient to prevent yeast overgrowth. Using a Probiotic is very important and is helpful for all pets, especially those that have allergies, but it is often not sufficient to fight yeast when a pet has been on multiple rounds of probiotics and steroids.

3) Give your pug plenty of fresh vegetables such as green beans to help prevent having an "acid" condition. Vegetables provide many vitamins and help alkalize the body warding off yeast which grows in an acidic environment.

4) Use allergy formulas such as AllerEaze and Allergy Combination Drops to help your pet cope with environmental allergies. This will reduce the possibility of infections and help build up your pet's immune system.
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