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We've had our basset for about a year now and we got him off of craigslist when he was 3 yrs old. The past few months he's had a discoloration under his armpits and on his roll of skin under his neck. I bathe him 2-3 times a week and the vet gave us an antifungal shampoo that has helped but hasn't made it go away. another vet we took him to before he started this condition said that bassets tend to have skin conditions. I also saw that a lady on line said she used women's yeast cloths on her basset... not sure if that sounds like a great idea. any other advice for Charile's armpits? I plan on calling and getting another appointment with the vet on monday but it's a Navy Vet clinic so it can be a while before he'll be seen. So any advice from fellow basset owners would be great! Thanks!

FYI: We just love having our basset. He's great with the kids especially my youngest son. My 2yr old climbs all over him and 'wrestles' him and Charlie just lays there and puts up with all of it. The only time he snipped at my son was when my son hurt his 'lower region'; even then Charlie was soft and gentle with him. Great dog. Stubborn and definitely has his quirks. But we love him still the same and would like to get his skin cleaned up and normal again. Thanks!
 

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Welcome to the forum...someone on here said that they sprinkle foot powder under the arms..I've been doing that and it seems to work. I just pour alittle on and rub it in.....
 

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Just curious as why a bath 2 - 3 times per week? Our three get about that many per year although none have skin problems and don't roll in anything gross and no skunks nearby.
 

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basset's tend to smell. After 2 or 3 days between baths he starts to stink again so he gets a bath. Also, I have toddlers that like to 'feed' him so he get's their food on his head and such. Plus we live near lots of deer so he like to roll in their droppings whenever he can. Most importantly, every vet he's seen said that Bassets need to be bathed at least once a week. He doesn't mind baths so I give them to him regularly.
 

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Most importantly, every vet he's seen said that Bassets need to be bathed at least once a week
B.S. it depends on the dog. Many basset go prolonged period without bathing and nevery have exsesively stinky skin. A stench that recurs afterbathing is ussually caused by a yeast infection once that is control the stink goes away and less frequent batingh is needed. common underling factor that canlead to increased yeast infection include Sheborrhea and allergies.

yesast infection in basset or any dog breed for that matter are ussual secondary to a more fundamental condition that cause the skin balance to get out of Wack. tje major two are listed above, unless the primary cause is under control the yeast infection nevery will be,

Most Gp vet are poorly trained and adapted to sort thriough the complect ordring and interaction uf multiple skin conditions. General in the long run it is cheaper to deal with a specialist as soon as posible.
 

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It's not normal for a Basset to smell like a combination of a hamster cage and digestive biscuits. That's how Margot smells when her skin flares with a yeast infection. Firstly the Doc usually prescribes a Malaseb bath 3 x a week for the first week to kill all the overgrowth of the yeast and then much less frequent bathing. Also important is when they are lathered up to keep it on for around 10 minutes before rinsing (giving them a couple little treats while they're waiting makes it more bearable) Like Mikey said probably best to go to a dermatologist to get to the bottom of it for your Hound and for your pockets.
When mine roll in fox poo I use a mixture of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water to get it off - works a treat and it is good for their skin.
 

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I'm not an expert, but I've never heard of bathing a dog 2-3 times a week. Our Maddie would be miserable, lol! She hates baths. The process anyway, she loves being clean.

She has dark colouration in her 'armpits' - there's no excessive odor nor signs of skin irritation though. Could she have a mild yeast problem?

She gets a bath about every 2 to 3 weeks - her hair is amazingly soft all the time! The only odor she gets is the famous Fritoes aroma that comes out when she sleeps, lol.
 

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I am not sure what a frito smell is - lol. But if it is kinda musty I imagine it is a mild yeast infection most likely on the warmer spots of the body like ears, mouth, under the dewlaps. Lula and Izzy have perfect skin:) and honestly they really don't have any sharp odours. (Izzy smells like a spring day :D to me). They're bathed only a few times a year unless they roll in something unmentionable and then the rubber gloved bath. (Lula does like an occasional shoer with Dad) I know a lot of people swear by these wipes. And you can just spot clean areas.
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Our two are lucky if they get a bath once a month lol. But they don't have any skin problems and don't roll in poo. So it's basically when they feel "greasy" to me and I can't stand it anymore.
 

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Annie gets a bath once a month during the summer, usually less often in cooler months. Not necessarily because she needs them, she just looks and smells better after she has had them :)

Oh and I used to use Gold Bond powder in her pits since they are sooooo deep but I've found that they do just fine as long as they are kept clean.
 

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I'm not an expert, but I've never heard of bathing a dog 2-3 times a week. Our Maddie would be miserable, lol! She hates baths. The process anyway, she loves being clean.

She has dark colouration in her 'armpits' - there's no excessive odor nor signs of skin irritation though. Could she have a mild yeast problem?

She gets a bath about every 2 to 3 weeks - her hair is amazingly soft all the time! The only odor she gets is the famous Fritoes aroma that comes out when she sleeps, lol.
I'm going to second everything SAN said here. Never heard of that many baths for any breed of dog, Olive has what seems like non-removable dirt on her armpits and the same-ish area on her back legs, but there's nothing wrong with it, and the Frito smell does seem to come out during particularly intense naps. Hmm...

I am not sure what a frito smell is - lol.
This makes me sad. I LOVE FRITOS. I have a new British friend here in Germany and when she told me she'd never had a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, I almost died. :eek:
 

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I found that the Fritoes aroma comes from Maddie's FEET when she sleeps, that cracks me up!

I'm going to try to scrub the discolouration away in a bit...Mr. San has been out of the country for work, but he's coming home tomorrow morning, and I want Maddie to be all soft and sweet smelling for her person! She smells like a vanilla cookie after her baths.

Until she goes to sleep, heheh.
 

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We've had our basset for about a year now and we got him off of craigslist when he was 3 yrs old. The past few months he's had a discoloration under his armpits and on his roll of skin under his neck. I bathe him 2-3 times a week and the vet gave us an antifungal shampoo that has helped but hasn't made it go away. another vet we took him to before he started this condition said that bassets tend to have skin conditions. I also saw that a lady on line said she used women's yeast cloths on her basset... not sure if that sounds like a great idea. any other advice for Charile's armpits? I plan on calling and getting another appointment with the vet on monday but it's a Navy Vet clinic so it can be a while before he'll be seen. So any advice from fellow basset owners would be great! Thanks!

FYI: We just love having our basset. He's great with the kids especially my youngest son. My 2yr old climbs all over him and 'wrestles' him and Charlie just lays there and puts up with all of it. The only time he snipped at my son was when my son hurt his 'lower region'; even then Charlie was soft and gentle with him. Great dog. Stubborn and definitely has his quirks. But we love him still the same and would like to get his skin cleaned up and normal again. Thanks!
Although it is not a common site of infection, the underarms can be affected by yeast infection. Allergies and various skin conditions are common issues with bassets and yeast infection typical targest those damp or moist skin folds, like the ones under the arms.
 

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None of mine have had any skin issues (knock wood) However, Abby had the "dirty arm pits" and, of course, all of them have had issues with dragging their ears thru food, mud, etc... I keep Baby Wipes on hand (like you use when changing diapers) to wipe off whatever crud they have dragged their ears thru and for Abby's pits. Works really well and save's them from the "dreaded B-A-T-H" (can type that word.... they'd freak!)

Actually, Lola just got her first bath (with me anyway) and she did great... I think she really liked the toweling off part... Oh, and the post bath cookie!
 

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We've had our basset for about a year now and we got him off of craigslist when he was 3 yrs old. The past few months he's had a discoloration under his armpits and on his roll of skin under his neck. I bathe him 2-3 times a week and the vet gave us an antifungal shampoo that has helped but hasn't made it go away. another vet we took him to before he started this condition said that bassets tend to have skin conditions. I also saw that a lady on line said she used women's yeast cloths on her basset... not sure if that sounds like a great idea. any other advice for Charile's armpits? I plan on calling and getting another appointment with the vet on monday but it's a Navy Vet clinic so it can be a while before he'll be seen. So any advice from fellow basset owners would be great! Thanks! FYI: We just love having our basset. He's great with the kids especially my youngest son. My 2yr old climbs all over him and 'wrestles' him and Charlie just lays there and puts up with all of it. The only time he snipped at my son was when my son hurt his 'lower region'; even then Charlie was soft and gentle with him. Great dog. Stubborn and definitely has his quirks. But we love him still the same and would like to get his skin cleaned up and normal again. Thanks!
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