Generally, a senior dog's immune system decreases during aging, creating opportunities for naturally occurring bacteria to become out of balance. When this happens, there is a higher incidence of skin infections due to yeast overgrowth.
Yeast infections, including the belly, can occur anywhere on a dog's skin. The affected skin may be red, irritated, itchy, greasy, or flaky, and there may be hair loss. If the infection is chronic, the skin may thicken and become darker. Yeast infections on a dog's mouth, face, ears, and throat can cause extreme itching.
One look at Redbone Dan's skin, then confirmed by cytology, sheds light that yeast overgrowth is chronic and has gone untreated for a significant period, if at all.
Today, Redbone spends more time pursuing scent-tracking games and less time rubbing his face in the weeds searching for relief. A perfect trade-off for his less-than-enthusiasm for weekly medical baths (but a necessity for life).
Medical caregiving requires several medications and weekly anti-fungal cleansings. Redbone is blind but certainly can feel human Love at the ranch. If possible, please consider supporting Redbone’s medical care regime with a monthly gift of $22.50.
Redbone looks forward to sending his sponsoring Ranch Angel a monthly update.