Q. How about a yeasty dog, he breaks out all the time. He eats grain free food or raw. Will the epsom salts baths do him some good. Thanks mary

A. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Rule out fungal or bacterial infections as well as mange. If the skin is broken, he is at risk for a skin infection and may require antibiotics. A pet approved colloidal oatmeal bath can soothe inflamed skin. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to his diet to promote healthy skin. EFAs may also decrease inflammation. Search for fish oil supplements. Discuss food elimination trials and allergy testing with your vet. If your dog is diagnosed with allergies or sensitivities, your task is to try to determine what he is allergic to and decrease or eliminate it.

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