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Old 09-02-2009, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My youngest, Bella - a 3 year old fixed german shepherd was diganosed with those 3 bacteria's around her vulva about a month ago. She was given a pill form of an antibotic that was sensitive to all three. After the med ran out, about a week later the redness and blisters came back - and in my opinion worse then before. Took her to see the vet yesterday. Will try another round of the meds for a week. Will take her back to look at and either continue or try something new. My question is... has anyone else had expererience with these kinds of bacterial? Our vet tells us that it is common for dogs to get bacteria infections in their ears and he has seen some cases like Bella's. Any help, insight, suggestions, etc would be very helpful!
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm guessing your girl may have some allergies that are irritating that area making it suseptable to infection. Greyhounds have a lot of problems with this area and people have found using baby wipes on the area when they come in helpful by keeping it clean and soothing the skin.
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good idea --- thank you.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't know about the other types but staph can be very hard to get rid of and it usually requires a decent amount of time on the antibiotics. One week wouldn't be long enough, and I think that is evidenced by the recurrence once the antibiotics were stopped.
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My Golden had a skin infection with Pseudomonas and Proteus mirabilis. My vet prescribed Proteus Mirabilis (injectible).
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We were on Ciprofloxacin (250mg) for about 3 weeks. Stopped and after about a week, we noticed that it was back and worse then ever. Put back on Ciprofloxacin for another week and then back to the vet for a check-up. He did mention doing an injectible antiobotic -- asked me if I was conformatable giving them. If we have to go that route --- how difficult is it?
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It is not that difficult, usually they are injected subcutaneously. They may give you individual doses in syringes or they may have it in a bottle and you have to measure out the doses. For the sub-q inject usually you just lift some loose skin by the shoulders, put the needle in and depress the plunger. The vet or vet tech can show you how to do it. I already knew how to give sub-q fluids so I had no trouble with giving the sub-q antibiotics, but if you have a more rambunctious dog or very sensitive it might be a little more difficult.
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I don't know about dogs, but I know with humans if it is a good enough infection it can take 6 weeks on antibiotics to work.
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The problem with not giving ABX for a long enough time is that you give the Staph bug a chance to get stronger against the ABX. The on again and off again was not good.

I have had a dog on 58 days of Cephlexin for a Staph Infection.

I am not sure if you are aware of it, but many people reccommend giving Probioitics while your pup is on ABX. Just don't give the two at the same time, space the Probioitic to 1/2 way between the ABX.

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My Golden was also on the antibiotics for quite a while. I am not sure exactly how long, I think about a month.
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