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Old 11-04-2011, 08:16 AM
Location: AZ
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My chiweenie has some type of rash under his "armpits" that has black, rough skin. He scratches it like crazy and it is from wearing a harness.. I have been trying various products from the pet store which don't seem to help that much. Recently I was out somewhere and a lady had a big dog with a similar looking "rash", and I asked her about it. She told me that in dogs, a yeast infection shows up through the skin as black, itchy skin. She said the vet was costing her a LOT of money for some prescription so she went to a holistic vet and she uses some over-the-counter medicine (herbal??) but she didnt remember the name. She said it worked really well. Does anyone know what could work for this?
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:32 AM
Location: North Western NJ
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first you need to confirm it is a yeast infection...most yeast infections even of the skin come up moist looking, sometimes dark but ive never seen it show up black, usually a reddish or brown color, yes its itchy (and often a little painfull) and often has a yeasty odor to it...

ive NEVER heard of yest infection caused by a harness...yest infections are gnereally set off by something going on with the immune system, typically heavy grainbeased foods, chemicals, foods are the cause
also the treatment for a yeast infection is NOT usually expensive, a topical creaam nd an oral medication both of which are typically cheap meds.

black skin alone is no cause for concern...

however discoloration of the skin combined with excessive itchyness could be anything from an allergy, to an infection to skin cancer!
dont cut corners, have your vet check the dog over, get a skin scraping or a biopsy if the vet thinks its needed then use your brains for the meds...sometimes its cheaper to just go with the meds your vet gives you....
Othertimes its cheaper to have your vet write a script and buy it online at somewhere liek 1800-petmeds.com.

you dont KNOW its yeast (and ive NEVER seen yeast infection of the skin develop like your describing) so dont go around treating for something your not sure about, you could do much more harm than good...please go to the vet
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