The folds in a basset hound’s face are a hallmark of the breed’s droopy charm, but for six-year-old dog Daisy, an allergic reaction changed those folds from adorable to painful.
When rashes popped up across Daisy’s ears and body, owner Linda Hayden worked with her local veterinarian to treat the issue. After some trial and error with shampoos, antifungal medications and steroids, Daisy’s veterinarian referred her to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals for specialized treatment.
“She was crying, scratching. It was just awful,” Hayden said. “It was a nightmare for her and for me.”
Veterinarians in the dermatology section of the animal hospital diagnosed Daisy with a yeast infection and bacterial overgrowth on her skin. “Basset hounds are predisposed to ear infections because their ears trap moisture,” said Dr. Kaitlyn Peden, veterinary resident in dermatology who treated Daisy.