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When a traditional veterinarian sees a dog with allergies – a sign of an overactive immune system – he or she will typically prescribe steroid therapy to shut off the immune response. When your dog's immune system is turned off with drugs, it can't do its job of regulating and balancing normal flora levels, so your pet ends up with yeast blooms. When conventional vets see dogs with allergies and possibly secondary skin infections, often they prescribe antibiotics.
Another reason an allergic dog, in particular, can end up with a lot of yeast is he can actually develop an allergy to his yeast.
This situation can be very problematic because the dog's allergic response can affect his whole body. So dogs with an underactive immune system or that are immuno-suppressed can end up with a yeast infection, as well as dogs that have overactive immune systems, or allergies.
Definitive diagnosis by a vet of a yeast infection is accomplished either by cytology (looking at a skin swab under a microscope) or by culturing (submitting a sterile swab of the skin to the lab where the cells are grown and identified on a petri dish).
But as a pet owner, you'll be able to tell if your dog has a yeast infection just by her smell. If your dog is spending a lot of time digging at herself to relieve intense itching, take heed. If your pet is dealing with yeast overgrowth, there are a couple of things you'll need to do.
But if your dog, like the majority, has yeast in more than one spot, for example on all four paws or both ears, or especially if his entire body is yeasty, you have no choice but to look at what he's eating. I encourage you to put your pet on what I call an 'anti-yeast diet.' The beauty of an anti-yeast diet is it is also an anti-inflammatory and species-appropriate diet. The second thing I recommend is adding some natural anti-fungal foods to his diet, like a small amount of garlic or oregano.
In addition to providing an anti-yeast diet and anti-fungal foods, the third thing you must do to help your dog overcome a yeast infection is to disinfect yeasty body parts. This is actually an often overlooked, but common sense, almost-free step in addressing a yeast overgrowth in pets. In human medicine, it is routine for internists and dermatologists to give patients with yeast specific protocols for cleaning affected parts of the body.
Typically, a vet will hand a client with a yeasty dog a cream, salve or dip, with instructions to just keep applying it to the infected area.
If you check your dog's ears and they're clean, dry and have no odor, you can skip a day of cleaning.
You can disinfect your dog's ears with either a store bought solution or with witch hazel and large cotton balls. Yeast thrives in a moist environment and in crevices – between your dog's foot pads, for example, in armpit and groin creases, and around the vulva and anus.
Since the only body parts that sweat on your dog are his nose and the pads of his feet, during hot humid months when yeast tends to thrive, you'll need to disinfect those paws.
Depending on the size of your dog, you can use one of those Rubbermaid sweater boxes filled with water from a hose, or if your dog is small you can just pop him in the kitchen or bathroom sink. I recommend a gallon of water, a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1-4 cups of white vinegar as a foot soak solution.
If your dog has yeast overgrowth on her skin, I recommend disinfecting her entire body with a natural, anti-fungal shampoo. Since carbs and grains ultimately feed yeast overgrowth, I don't recommend you use oatmeal-based shampoos. I also recommend anti-fungal rinses during the summer months, from one to three times per week after shampooing. After shampooing with, say, a tea tree shampoo and rinsing thoroughly, follow with one of these natural anti-fungal astringent rinses to knock down the amount of yeast. One word of warning about using both lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide: they can bleach a black dog's fur.
However, if your dog has year-round yeast problems – whether it's 90 degrees outside or the dead of winter – you should be thinking about potential immune system issues. If your dog is overwhelmed with an opportunistic pathogen like yeast, it's likely his immune system isn't operating at 100 percent.
If your dog is producing healthy levels of immunoglobulins, he should be able to overcome almost any infection, and particularly an opportunistic yeast infection. Three bites into my enchilada my mother asks me, "Did you take your insulin?"My first response is to glare at her. This content is created for Diabetes Mine, a consumer health blog focused on the diabetes community.
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Scientists say there is a 75 per cent chance of 2014 being th.e hottest summer on record according to the . The typical normal, healthy flora of dogs is a naturally occurring staph, as well as a light layer of naturally occurring yeast. The other end of the spectrum is an overactive immune response where allergies are present. Antibiotics are well-known to destroy all good bacteria along with the bad, wiping out healthy yeast levels in the process, so these drugs often make a bad situation worse. Intradermal tests often reveal that a dog is having an allergic response to his own natural flora. These dogs are often red from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail – their entire bodies are flaming red and irritated.
Healthy dogs don't have a 'doggy odor.' So if your pup has stinky paws or musty-smelling ears, chances are she's dealing with a yeast overgrowth.
The way you nourish your dog is either going to help his immune system manage yeast, or it's going to feed a potential or existing yeast overgrowth situation. There are 'secret,' hidden forms of sugar that can also feed yeast overgrowth, for instance, honey. These foods are both anti-fungal and anti-yeast and can be beneficial in helping reduce the yeast level in your dog's body. The same instruction is rarely given in veterinary medicine, which makes no sense and is really a shame. The problem with this approach is that as yeast dies off, it forms layer of dead yeast on top of layer of dead yeast. Just as some people produce lots of earwax and clean their ears daily, while others produce almost no earwax, the same applies to dogs.
So if your Lab has soupy ears throughout the summer months, you'll need to clean them every day during that period.
Again, the amount of cleaning should correlate with the amount of debris built up in the ear.
Use as many cotton balls as it takes to remove all the debris from the ears at each cleaning.
Yeast lives under the nail beds and in all the creases you can't get to if the paws aren't submerged in a foot soak. Back in the days of very harsh shampoos made from coal and tar derivatives, this was good advice. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. Welcome back to Ask D'Mine, our weekly advice column hosted by veteran type 1, diabetes author and community educator Wil Dubois. Recently, experts have come to believe that sugar has a similar effect on a diabeticÂ?s blood glucose level as other carbohydrates, such as bread or potatoes. Learn how to spot a yeast overgrowth, how to treat a flare-up, and tips to prevent the problem from recurring.
Some people think it smells like moldy bread; others liken the odor to cheese popcorn or corn chips. If that's the case with your pet, you can probably get by just treating that ear for yeast and keeping your fingers crossed his immune system responds to re-balance his natural flora. Both MDs and veterinarians advise patients with yeast to get the sugars out of their diets.
Although honey can be beneficial for pets in some cases, it does provide a food source for yeast.
Eliminate potatoes, corn, wheat, rice – all the carbohydrates need to go away in a sugar-free diet.
Unless you remove the dead layers of yeast and disinfect the skin, adding loads of ointment to layers of dead yeast can actually exacerbate the problem. Leaving the solution dried on your dog's paws serves as an antifungal and should also reduce licking and digging at the paws.
But there are now plenty of safe shampoos on the market that will not over dry your pet's skin or damage her coat. Pour the gallon of solution over her and rub it into her coat and skin, focusing on body parts that tend to grow yeast -- armpits, feet, groin area and around the tail.
If this is the case with your dog, the summer months are when you'll need to be vigilant about disinfecting your pet and addressing any dietary issues that might be contributing to the problem. In fact, some people refer to a yeast infection of a dog's paws as 'Frito Feet.' It's a pungent, musty, unpleasant smell. So if your dog is yeasty, you'll need to carefully read his pet food and treat labels and avoid any product containing honey, high fructose corn syrup, and even white potatoes and sweet potatoes.
It will grow from wax, to yeast, to a fulminating bacterial infection unless you deal with it. I wish I could tell you yeast is easy to treat and avoid without addressing diet, but it isn't. After all, five to six shots a day, 365 days a year, adds up to something well over 2,000 shots annually. They blend together, one pretty much like the last, and each pretty much like the next.In the past, I'd wrack my brain to remember. Echo is not unique in delivering half-unit drips of insulin; Lilly makes a half-unit re-fillable pen called the HumaPen Luxura HD, and Novo themselves have made the NovoPen Junior, another half-unit re-fillable pen, for years.
But combining half-unit with memory is something entirely new.The Echo is billed as a tool for kids, but there are plenty of adult type 1s like me who take fast-acting insulin from a pen.
They are mechanical devices that hold a pre-filled glass cartridge of insulin called a penfill, use pen needles for delivery, and delivery is set by dialing up a dose on the non-business end of the pen. While eclipsed by their disposable brethren in recent years, the traditional pen is more landfill-friendly, may be cheaper over time depending on your health insurance, and is considered more accurate by some experts.
And, of course, if you want half-unit delivery in a pen, there's no disposable alternative.Novo has also launched a full-unit dosing pen with a similar memory feature called the NovoPen 5, which I haven't tried (or even seen yet), but I would assume it is similar to the Echo in overall design and operation.So how does the new Echo compare to other half-unit pens? And how does it compare to other memory pens of the past?First ImpressionsSize-wise, the Echo is nearly identical in length and diameter to the Novo disposable Flexpena€”no mean feat, given the added technology. Of course, the Echo weighs more than its plastic doppelganger, because the Echo has a sturdy metal barrel and cap. In both appearance and handling, it exudes quality.Novo coated its new hot-rod of a pen in a hot-rod metallic burnt orange-red with deep ash-grey accents. Their previous half-unit pen had daisies on it, under the assumption, I suppose, that only kiddos need half-unit dosing. I'll wear a pink shirt and I'm not afraid to eat quiche, but I will not take insulin from a pen covered in daises. Someone clearly spent some time on the cosmetic design, as well as on the internal features.On the rest of the planet, the Echo also comes in blue, so you can put your basal insulin in one color and your fast-acting in another to avoid killing yourself by mixing them up.
Here in the USA, Novo doesn't sell its Levemir basal insulin in penfills so I guess that helped make the choice to import the Echo in only one color, the redish-orange. Pity, the blue would have matched my wardrobe better.You can also get pen skins to personalize the pen.
But there are also sports-themed skins, a USA flag skin, a solid orange skin, some teen-girl style skins, and a pretty cool piano keys skin.
In a departure from the traditional screw-off holder (the top half of a refillable pen), the Echo uses a bayonet connection like many camera lenses. You un-bayonet the holder, slip in a penfill, re-attach the holder, then advance the plunger. Once you've got it loaded you leave it alone until it's empty: However long it takes you to use up 300 units, or one month, whichever comes first. After you've used up a penfill and removed it, returning the plunger into the base is a simple push instead of the endless cranking of the piston rod required on most refillable pens.To shoot up, slip the cap off the pen and screw on a pen needle.
Of course, Novo tells you not to reuse the pen needle, and of course I do anyway, so I was glad the engineers made the Echo's cap long enough that you can re-cap the pen with a needle in place. I've never done this with any pen in the past, but the Novo literature emphasized it on nearly every page of the 28-page manual for this pen. So the first few times I used the pen, I did do airshots, and to my surprise, many times a half-unit or one-unit airshot left me with a dry needle tip (with a 4mm BD Nano, no less), so there must be something unique about the design of the pen that requires the priming.Next you spin the rotating dial at the base of the pen to set the dose, slide the needle into your skin, and depress the butt of the pen in a single smooth click. Unlike all of the mechanical re-fillable pens I've used in the past, there's no downward "ratcheting" action to inject. It's way cool-simple and smooth, doesn't take too little or too much pressure, and is reassuringly syringe-like.You can set the Echo's dose up to 30 units, and even at a full 30 units, the pen's base extends outward from the body by only hair under half an inch. A 30-unit push on a Novolog disposable flexpen, by comparison, extends about three-quarters of an inch. Each half-unit makes a satisfying click as you spin the dial, but the literature from Novo cautions the user not to use the clicks to set the dose, but rather to always use the scale window to view the dose. The counter freezes at the remaining volume once it drops below 30 units.Of course, as with all pens, during the injection process, you need to hold the needle in your skin for about six seconds.
If you don't believe me, take a pen, hold it at eye level (the lawyers say I have to remind you to point it down, not towards your eyes) and inject.
You'll be surprised by how long the stream of insulin lasts after your thumb has rammed the plunger button home.But in what might be the most important improvement over the NovoPen Junior, the Echo is accurate at just a half-unit. I don't know about the rest of you, but there are plenty of times when a half-unit is just what I need.So the Echo is as accurate as the Luxura, while being thinner, lighter, and sexier. But Echo raises the bar even higher by sporting a memory function.About That MemoryThe Echo has a very limited memory, but it might just be better than mine.
So it's only purpose in life is to tell you what you need to know when you are three bites into an enchilada and can't remember if you've taken your insulin or not.To activate the Echo's memory, you "flick" the dose button on the base up and down, turning on an LCD screen at the butt end of the dial.
A clock-like graphic surrounds the volume readout to indicate how many hours ago the shot was taken, up to 12 hours. If your last shot was more than 12 hours previously, the display just shows it as 12 hours.
Co-pays vary with each health plan -- yada, yada.DownsidesI like the Echo a lot, but it does have some negatives. First, having to give the damn thing an airshot before each injection is a pain in the ass.
I carry my pen in the right front pocket of my jeans and the sturdy metal clip on the Luxura has never let me down.
It has not done so yet, but has twice failed me by coming loose.Recently, after stopping in at the local pharmacy to pick up some meds, I found my pen lying on the ground next to my car. Several days later, while I was walking across a parking lot, the Echo worked its way loose and again fell out of my pocket. This time I heard it clatter to the ground, but if I had been walking over softer turf it would have been lost forever.Another thing that concerns me is that in the period of a week, the pen has used 50 units more insulin than my RapidCalc tracking app says I've used.
I haven't had any out-of-the norm lows, so I'm not worried about delivery accuracy, but it's looking like I'm on track to use up a penfill in half the time I'm used to, which makes me wonder if the pen doesn't leak in some way I haven't figured out yet.Despite all of that, at least until I lose the damn thing, I will keep using it.
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