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I have a mixed breed long hair dog, she does not have fleas but she is constantly itching, she has some small white patches.  She has this smell also.    Also she licks her feet and belly alot.

Is this a yeast infection?  If so what can I do for it.  I read where some dogs respond to probotic.  If so what type and how much should I give her.

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Hi Verna....
Im wondering how long your dog has been like this? White patches could be as you say a yeast infection,  or dried skin, or just plain infection. It sounds like  she is having an allergic reaction to something whether its environmental (are you in spring or summer over yr way?) such as grasses, pollens or she's breathing in the allergen. Have you changed her diet, shampoo, has she come in contact with a floor cleaner, carpet powder, grasses etc?
My first suggestion is to take her to the vet as the smell generally comes from skin infection which is a secondary infection caused by licking,  scratching etc as it drives them mad making them miserable.  With allergy reactions they often get ear, eye and like mentioned skin infections which require antibiotics and or ear and eye drops to clear up. She'll also need some short term, & I stress short term due to internal damage that can happen long term, of cortisone tabs to get it under control then vet can recommend ongoing meds to keep her comfy and manage the itch. Medicated shampoo can help topically to soothe the itch but I have to say treating allergies when unknown whats causing it can be trial & error. U can have allergy testing done but its expensive and may not pin point the culprit. U may need to change her diet to low allergen dry such as salmon and potato made for such issues and a wet alternative of rice and boiled chicken. Food with least amt of additives is important.
Once the vet has itching controlled you can introduce some omega 3 oil to her diet whuch is great for skin and itching. For now I'd not do anything with probiotics but instead seek a vet to fight the infections she has, take the inflammation down and make her feel much better. Long hair does well if kept short during treatment then u can grow it out again.
Good luck....get onto it asap as it can blow out of control quickly.
kind regards Leigh-Anne

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I am not a veterinarian but I do have some medical understanding and knowledge through years of experience and shelter work, but I am not prepared to give life or death medical advice and suggest if you have medical concerns you seek the advice of a QUALIFIED VET immediately for your family members' safety, health and well being. Agreed? Great! I have worked in an animal shelter,also owned dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, fish, ferret, mice, oh and green tree frogs! They have all been spoiled rotten and lived to long, long old ages in pure contentment. During their lifespans I've had to manage the puppy stage of nappies and broken sleep, toddler stages, teens, maturity & elderly citizens....they are all very different with very different needs. I've dealt with various health concerns, behavioral issues, training & obedience, safe housing & lifestyle issues, exercise, toys & enrichment, safety, grooming, diet, euthanasia and so forth. I am experienced in the above and more, so would be happy to pass on my knowledge and experience if you have concerns with your "4 legged family member" I will answer your questions as quickly as possible and provide you with the best answer from my knowledge & ability. If its beyond me, I will be honest and not lead you astray, but instead direct you to someone/somewhere that can assist you further. I'm in South Australia and have good Intel on what is available and where! I appreciate that your 'baby' means the world to you,so please........ don't waste precious time online if its a medical issue or emergency of any proportion-contact your NEAREST VET STAT! I look forward to hearing from you & thanks for considering my assistance!

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Young Animal Protection Society (YAPS) North Queensland (volunteer employment for 9 years) - rehab of cats and dogs all breeds, ages and backgrounds - Exercise dogs - Wash and clean kennels, cages and bedding - Prepare feed and special diets, feed all animals - train and work on behavioral issues - Monitor animals and vet needs- take when required - collect strays and follow council procedures and by laws - groom, bathe and provide allergy treatment - administer heartworm, flea, tick and worm preventatives - play and provide enrichment activities - special work with dogs with mild food/toy/dog aggression, fear, anxiety and/or mistreatment to re-establish trust and faith - Assistant Vet Nurse at Beach Road Veterinary Clinic Nth Qld Pet owner of: Pure bred German Shepherds x 2 (both males)fully obedience trained to hand signals Pure bred Australian Silky Terriers x 3 (males) Pure bred Chihuahua (male) White male ferret various goldfish, tropical and Beta's(bred Beta's) Two mice and couple of green tree frogs when younger 4 cats male - 2 male moggies, and CURRENT- 2 females ages 12 & 13, mum & daughter(PART PERSIAN Torty -assisted at birth of 4 babies, broke sacs, got breathing etc.... CURRENT: Pure bred male blue English Staffy at 5 mths Various Strays and "foster" kids over the years

Organizations
Animal Welfare League WSPA Port Adelaide Dog Obedience Club

Education/Credentials
non medical Cert III & IV in animal care

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