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Well,Django has had an issue with his ears since forever. a few weeks ago I noticed a patch between his cheek and ear, closer to the ear that had lost hair and had crusties at the base of the hair shaft. you could pull the hairout with ease. I took him to the vet and removed hair for the Vet who then placed it in a jar to see if it will grow. could be a fungus. Has anyone experienced this with their dogs?
Since we had to increase his prednisone, we have had issues with his coat, dry, cull, dandruff, etc. but fungus? He doesn't seem to be phased by it, doesn't scratch the area.
Has anyone experienced fungus in their dogs?
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Yikes. You wouldn't think dry, dull, dandruff and fungus would mix? I can imagine his ears having fungus though. Especially if they are really moist. Keep us informed and good luck!

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his ears don't smell, they are a nice pink color, he's not scratching. don't know what's going on.
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There are many diffrent fungus infections that dogs can get yeast is a fungus, it is not the only one there are many more. One of the members of my dog club has a Pointer he got a fungus infection after a hunting trip, he needed IV drugs to treat it, this was a kind, dogs that go in to the water get. Sometimes dogs get a fungus when a dog is run down or has health issues. Sometimes they can get a fungus from the soil (it is a type of mold). And of course bird and bat droppings cause fungus in dogs and people.

Whatever type it is I hope they can treat it quickly and get your boy fixed up. Just don't panic and stay off the internet as sometimes it is not correct and our worry gos out of control. All the best.

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When we had our English Bulldogs on pregnisone, they often grew yeast in moist places like their face folds, between toes and in ears. It was a real balancing act since steroids compromise the immune system. I wonder why the vet couldn't do a simple KOH prep to check for yeast under the microscope. That would have given you a quick answer without having to wait for it to grow (I'm a microbiologist).

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it wasn't my usual vet that saw him. i noticed the patches right before we went away for the weekend and wanted to get him in as soon as we returned. our vet wasn't in that day so i saw someone else at the clinic. let a message for my vet today to see if had any news.
django has some dandruff type stuff on his entire tail a few weeks ago and the vet took a sample and checked it out asap and it was nothing. i think the preds to blame. we had to increase his dose from once a month to once every 2 days now it's every three days.
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