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Staph x Yeast Infection
(I'll apologize first because this is complex and I tend to skip around so if it is confusing, I'm sorry. Break it apart by paragraph)
What it appears that your dog has is a staph infection that is complicated by yeast infection. I've been through this thoroughly with two dobermans. I can tell you that if your dog is still intact, you may combat this until you spay/neuter. Too much hormone(sexual maturation) or lack of some hormones(hypothyroid) are many times the cause, but I'll also say that it can be caused by ingredients in your dog food, or environmental. One of my dogs, after I had him tested, we found he had food sensitivities and environmental and the other one, it was strictly hormonal (lack of hormone).
First thing to do is get a vet to diagnose it and get antibiotics (simplicef, cephalexin, baytril).
You need to understand that a dog's skin sloughs off and renews all of the dermal layers every 50 days. The staph bacteria penetrates more than one dermal layer and more often than not, goes deeper than we can see.
Your vet will probably give you 10 days to two weeks of antibiotic and it will be important that you follow up and get more, and keep going back for more until you've either gone past the 50 days, or you do not see flaking or black spots on the skin around where the sores (pustules) were. If you stop too soon, it will appear healed for approximately 2-3 weeks and then right back to where it began and harder to get rid of each time and more $$ spent at the vets office.
For the yeast, which is the primary problem, you will need a good shampoo that is meant for yeast infections. Miconazole Nitrate or Ketoconazole will be the main ingredient you want in your shampoo. You will need to bathe your dog no less than once a week, two times is ideal. You may need to continue that for up to 15 weeks, sometimes longer if you aren't able to eliminate the cause of the yeast infection.
You will want to look into a diet change because often diet causes a ph imbalance, which can bring on yeast, but also hormones will do it. The staph is secondary to the yeast.
Next, you need to understand the staph bacteria and yeast are both natural on our skin and our dog's skin. What is happening is an overgrowth of both. There are numerous causes of an overgrowth, but if you understand that both are opportunistic, then you'll understand that when the immune system has ebbs and tides (ups & downs), like when your dog goes into season, or maybe your dog is sensitive to ingredients in her food, and the immune system is not keeping up with the onslaught of toxins that ingredients become when your dog is sensitive, thus creating a negative environment that bacteria(staph) and fungus(yeast) love, therefore multiplying in great numbers very rapidly.
Patience and perseverance will help you out. Oh, and one other thing, please have your dog tested for hypothyroid. Low thyroid is more common in red dobermans but is prevalent in both. I hope that this will help you out in your oncoming battle. Please feel free to email me if you have other questions.
I wish you luck in getting answers and solutions. This can be so worrisome and devastating to you when you don't know what is happening.