Recently, a Labradoodle came in for a Scenthound Express, and we noticed a yeasty odor on her skin. (Once you've smelled yeast on a dog's skin or in her ears or paws, you know the smell; some liken it to a moldy bread smell, others to corn chips or cheese popcorn -- GROSS, we know. [Now you're wondering, "Why do they always have to go there?!"] Well, grooming can be a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.)
Turns out, this pup is a fan of chilling in a plastic kiddie pool in her backyard after a session of fetch. But because her fur was pretty long, she ended up staying damp for hours afterward, even when she came inside. Her ears had started itching her as well, because they'd stayed damp too. And her owner had forgotten to clean her ears for a couple of weeks because of, well, life and busyness. (Sound familiar?) All this meant a recipe for a yeast infection.
We gave the doodle a Zymox bath and cleaned her ears with Zymox as well. She came out smelling fresh and clean and feeling much happier -- as was her human. She said that from now on, she's gonna make sure Polly gets dry -- even with a blow dryer -- after her swim sessions.
So down here in Florida when we can be in the water pretty much year-round, you gotta make sure you completely dry your pet after a swim or soak session, if your pup is prone to yeast and that "dog stank." And you really can't bathe your pup too much; in the old days when shampoos were harsher there was a risk of causing dry skin, but now there are plenty of good shampoos for dogs that can keep bacteria and yeast at healthy levels. Just ask us and we'll point you in the right direction.