Cutaneous candidiasis in a dog caused by Candida guillermondii

Treatment of yeast infection causing skin disease in a Jack Russell

source: R.S.Mueller et al
Veterinary Record vol 150 no 23, June 8 2002
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Dogs' skin and mucosa often habour yeast organisms, which could become pathogens if a dog suffers a disturbance, for example to immunological mechanisms. An eight-month old Jack Russell was found to be suffering such an infection, leading to chronic, severe, dermatitis on the groin, with crusting and scaling, which began after he was castrated. He was initially unsuccessfully treated with different drugs, including antibiotics, and then a yeast infection, Candida guilliermondii, was discovered. Treatment with ketoconazole and a shampoo which contained selenium sulphide, miconazole and chlorhexidine, brought an immediate improvement. The treatment was stopped after 10 days, when the dog developed a poor appetite, then started again for a six week period, and was eventually successful. Ketoconazole can lead to loss of appetite in small animals, and hepatototoxicity has been observed in a very few cases.