My little dog GypGyp, was suffering from skin yeast infections something terrible. She stank constantly. Within a few hours of a bath her stink would start coming back. That sickening chewed fritos corn chip smell would make the dog beds and the whole house reek.. All day and night she would NOT stop licking and chewing on herself constantly either, and was always bald on her legs and above her tail--wherever she could reach. she would end up with a mohawk that was not cute, let me tell you.
I tried so many things which I read about on line.. changing her diet, feeding her probiotics, bathing her with anti-fungal shampoos (the shampoo helped for a day with the stink, but that's all)... I never really believed it was allergies because she was an outside dog (but slept inside in my bed) when I got her and had no problems with stinking or eating varied foods or or being in contact with so much different vegetation on the blueberry farm where we lived. It was only when i moved to the city so she was not getting out much that the chewing and stinking started. We thot it was fleas but could never find them, and the expensive flea medicine only made her stink worse..
It's hard to believe now, how negative you can begin to feel towards an innocent creature just because of a little stench and silly looking coat... but i was having such a hard time with it. My sense of smell comes and goes, a family trait, but it never goes for a whole day--just moments or hours.. one night a few months ago i stopped to pet her before i went to bed. Then sometime in the night my smell came back and i was torn from a sound sleep by that most wretched stench, and began grumbling at my husband for letting her in the room. But he had not let her in-- it was just on my hands! At that point i was ready to have her put down- because i was afraid if i rehomed her that she would be rejected and misused an who knows what or where she could end up.. But finally i did some serious talking to my friend Jesus about my struggle with her and how i needed some help and
guidance desperately...for her sake and mine. (why wouldn't God love my dog too? lol) Almost instantly it occured to me that if she can't lick herself--she can't spread that stinky yeast which is natural to her mouth but not to her skin....all over herself.
So I went online and ordered her a cone collar. Got a cute pink one that's adjustable and has a soft stretchy neck, which she did not seem to mind to much, especially if I pull it off to take her outside. But she wears it to sleep and all day with no obvious stress. The trick has worked so well I feel like I have a new dog, which i just adore. The frito's corn chip smell is gone. Instead of a bath every 4-7 days when she is literally driving us out of the house-- I now only need to bathe her every 3-4 weeks. And that is probably only because i take off the collar more, often-hoping she is getting out of the habit of licking. I can't say here chewing and licking is completely behind us, but i can sure tell she is getting less compulsive about it. Thank you Lord.
I kinda realized that day that she seemed to have started it out of boredom, being stuck in the house so much (we have a ravine behind the house which the coyotes travel, and they have come into the yard looking for dinner more than once-- its a big problem in Portland Oregon because we have so much forest growth and wild areas and people lose their cats and small dogs to them all the time.)
But about her ears-- they still get a little stinky because they stay more moist than everywhere else, and they can get quite inflamed and red and even swell with hematomas.. but i treat that right away with iodine spray a few times a day and it seems to curb the yeast production, and totally cures the swelling and stops all the head shaking, giving her a great deal of relief pretty quick, as well as curbing the stink. It's an old remedy we used for many things in my years on a cattle ranch-- you have to get the iodine spray from the farm store, even signing for it with your ID because law enforcement knows that some stupid people use iodine to make bad drugs.. but it's a common farm supply and it's cheap and lasts forever and can be used on humans too,
especially on wounds or 'painted' on swollen lymph glands and painted on your face if you have a tooth ache, plus a spoonful in a glass of salt water to rinse, with, or in the water-pic treats the tooth at the gumline with great fast results. On the farm we absolutely always used it on new branding burns, and after castrating (neutering) bull calves, or on a cow with inflamed and painful udders..and as i said-- on ourselves, our pets and children-- if we had any open wounds.
So here's hoping someone out there who's struggling with stinky dog syndrome and dog or cat ear hematomas and ear yeast can find some relief here for their pet and their pocketbook. Many blessings in the name of Jesus! ~lil_runningwater