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    Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    So I have decided to try an anti-fungal shampoo for Iorek's itching to see if that will help. Since I live so far from my vet I called them to see if they could put a bottle of the shampoo aside and I would get my friend to drop in and get it since he goes to school in that city and comes home here every weekend.

    The vet said that I didn't need to get the shampoo from them because it would do the same thing as Nizoral shampoo that you can get at any pharmacy. So, I went to the pharmacy and bought a 120 ml (4 oz) bottle of Nizoral for $17.50!! Ouch! That will be about 2 maybe 3 baths. That is not acceptable since the vet told me to wash him 3-5 times a week with it!

    So, I called the vet again today to see if I could buy the shampoo from them since the price is so different (about $18 for 475 ml [16 oz] at the vet) but the vet said that I don't even need to do that. I can just get either Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment shampoo or Selsun Blue. Both of these shampoos have selenium sulfide as an active ingredient. The Nizoral has ketoconazole which is the same as the oral Rx that Iorek just had.

    I have a small bottle of the Nizoral and I will try that first. Then I was thinking I would try the Head and Shoulders.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? The shampoo at the vet was called Canadian Medicated or something like that. What do you think? Should I try the Head and Shoulders or should I just get the one from the vet? I don't actually know what the shampoo from the vet has in it. The vet said that the shampoo there is not superior to the H & S or the Selsun Blue.

    Have I mentioned lately that I hate being so far from the vet?!?
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    I know that I had successfully used Nizoral on a guinea pig that I had that had a fungal infection and head and shoulners wouldn't have touched it. There's no anti-fungal agent in head and shoulders. Don't know about H&S intensive tho. I would just get the stuff from your vet. Better safe than sorry (and broke). And WOW wash him 3-5 times a WEEK? that's just crazy. It was suggested for my piggys infectin once a week for 6 weeks and that worked great. I would think that bathing Iorec that much would worsen the condition as now he has NO natural oils at all to help keep him moisturised. So is this yeast skin thing just a guess on yoru vet's part as to what is causing the itching or does he have tests he did to prove it? if it's just itchy dry winter skin combined with allergies I'd recommend a good Imu oil shampoo for dogs or a good help shampoo. They both worked wonders for my boston who has chronic skin issues during the winter. I also just got him a bottle of Avo-Med spray on skin conditioner to see how that helps for in between bathing.

    http://glo-marr-kenic.com/item155.htm Here's the link to their site.
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Thank you for the response.

    I am sorry that this posted 2 times. I have tried to delete the other one but since the virus is back I can't do it. The buttons are not there to delete the second one! Grrrr!

    I will try to get the shampoo from the vet but it is not the same as what is in Nizoral either, it has sulfur and salicylic acid in it. I don't know why he won't just say that I can get my friend to come and get it. I guess he is just trying to get something that is easier for me to get since I am so far away.

    I didn't get a scratch test don't to make sure it is yeast. I don't know for sure if it is a yeast infection but his fur is turning pink and when he scratches he is smelly. I don't think that this is winter itchies. He is always itchy. There is no difference between winter and summer. I am pretty sure that allergies can lead to skin yeast infections.

    I can't get the allergy testing done until Easter break. I am just trying whatever I can until then. I don't think that a few baths will cause too many problems. I am planning to wash him in cool water and condition him as well to help with the dry skin. I am only going to wash him 3 times a week and to only wash the areas that are itchy (his throat, legs and a spot between his shoulder blades).
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    I'm wondering if maybe he's worked himself into a state pf Pyoderma.
    http://www.bobmckee.com/Client%20Inf.../pyoderma.html

    http://www.bobmckee.com/Client%20Inf.../pyoderma.html

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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Eqyss Micro Tek pet shampoo is an anti-microbial shampoo.. you might want to give it a try as well.. I get it from this website:
    https://www.countrymileanimalhealth....rce=googlebase
    for 9.62 for 16oz, it's the best deal I've found, and it lasts much longer than a normal 16oz shampoo because you dilute it 8 to 1 with water before washing with it. It's great stuff.

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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Thank you! I will see if they can ship to Canada for a reasonable price. I was going to order the spray before but it was something like $30 shipping! Thank you for the link
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    My GSD had a fungal decease. My vet and also my friend advised me to use an anti-fungal soap. He recommended me the Dr. Kauffman soap which has Sulfur Zinc Oxide and it's really effective after all. After 2 -3 bathing to my dog, the decease is slowly getting off.

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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Thank you for the help. I have not heard of Dr. Kauffman soap. I ordered the Micro-tek shampoo last night from the site listed above so I am going to give that a try when it comes
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Yeah, so, I just got an email from the site I TRIED to order the Eqyss shampoo from...they only ship to the continental US
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    I have used Zymox shampoo for fungal infections. Works great, they also have a medicated rinse. You can get this through Amazon.

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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Just to chime in and offer my experience with Yeast Infections.

    Callahan had one about 3 months back and I got a bottle of Selsun Blue. I now swear by it because by the end of the week the infection was gone .

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    ETA: Areas that were infected were his armpits, chest and groin area.

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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Thank you Nessa! I just bought Head and Shoulders and I plan to try it this weekend. It has the same active ingredient as Sulsun Blue.

    Amazon doesn't alway ship to Canada but I will check it out if the H & S doesn't work. Thank you for the suggestion.
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Hi! I posted on the other thread but here it is again.I used selsun blue and it worked well.I also used Nizoral and had amazing results, better than with the selsun blue.The only problem I had with either one was that it was tough to rinse out....Kira hates the water...so that's probably more a user error than anything lol!.I didnt find the nizoral dried out her skin,but was only doing it every second day.(3 baths total and the yeasty/smelly stuff was gone)

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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    You can try spraying the affected areas with Lotramin/Tinactin powder spray. It is a jock itch/athlete's foot antifungal spray. It reduces itching and kills the fungus. I used it on one of my dog's that got a hot spot and she stopped chewing it and it healed quickly. They also make a cream.
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Absolutely amazing idea with the tinactin!!!That falls in the duuuhhh catergory!!I'm trying it as we speak.I'll let you know how it goes
    Thanks!

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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    My mom has been using Selsun Blue for Shug (who knows what's wrong with her....vet said "allergies" and gave her a steroid shot , which didn't do anything). It's working. Her fur is mostly grown back and she's not itching anymore. If the Head and Shoulders has the same ingredient it should work just as well, I'm sure.
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Jhazmyn suffers from HORRIBLE systemic yeast infections. It effects her groin really bad but also her armpits, belly, chin and ears. Jhazmyn's vet prescribed KetoChlor and it did really good. I keep a bottle on hand because she breaks out so often. The vet said to bathe her 3 times a week during breakouts. I don't remember how much it was though. But I'm thinking it wasn't too cheap. nothing ever is with Jhazmyn!!
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Here's the link if you want to purchase any:

    http://www.1800petmeds.com/Keto+Chlo...498-10498.html
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    My dog doesn't have a yeast infection but she scratches & bites herself an awful lot. Except when asleep, lol. The only thing I can find is dandruff. Would the Selsun blue be ok for that do you think, I have some in the bathroom. I've tried Alpha Kerri Oil which was recommended on another forum, said to be advised by skin specialist vets. It didn't work, either I didn't use enough or she's into a bad habit.
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    Re: Head and Shoulders for yeast infection?

    Quote Originally Posted by SupaSweet777 View Post
    Here's the link if you want to purchase any:

    http://www.1800petmeds.com/Keto+Chlo...498-10498.html
    That is still cheaper than what I paid for the Nizoral I paid $2 less for 1/2 the sized bottle!

    I have been super busy lately and haven't bathed Iorek yet. We are going to give him his first bath tonight. I will use the Nizoral and see how many baths we can get out of the tiny bottle. I will use the Nizoral until it is all done and then try the H&S. If the Nizoral works much better than the H&S I will break down and pay the $17.50 for the 4 oz bottles just to continue the relief for the pup rather than waiting for the H&S to work.
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