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Galathiel 07-05-2014 09:37 AM

Staph Infection
So frustrated right now. My old dog was diagnosed with dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and I've been dosing his eyes with 4 ointments twice a day for the past few weeks. Now, his eyes are doing great and he's down to his Optimmune twice a day (for the rest of his life).

Now, my puppy (yes I still call him 'the puppy' .. probably will when he's 8 years old!) was diagnosed with a staph infection. He's on antibiotics for 3 weeks with a daily wash of the infected area with a medicated shampoo from the vet's. It has spread somewhat and he's pretty miserable right now. His appetite has bottomed out and I have to encourage him to eat what he does. He also is favoring one of his hind legs a bit, still uses it but not 100 percent. I'm scheduling x-rays for that.

Any suggestions about anything else I can do to make him comfortable or help his appetite? I've started feeding his food dry so it can be saved for later since his eating is so off. I've been mixing up a bit of canned with his supplements (Solid Gold Seameal, vitamin C, and coconut oil) and warm water to make a stew and he's eating that small amount just fine.

After all my work to get him to enjoy going to the vet's (frequent visits just for weighing and treats) he has decided that the vet is a 'bad thing' He doesn't mind going and he is fine until the vet goes to put him on the table. It started last time he was there for a leg injury. Now, I have to muzzle him and he snarls and growls through the exam. Once he's back down on the ground, he's fine and doesn't aggress toward any of the staff. Not fun. He weighed 88 lbs this visit.

Long story short .. I would appreciate any tips!

Jax08 07-05-2014 09:46 AM

So why not exam him on the floor?

dogfaeries 07-05-2014 10:50 AM

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I've never had a vet put a full grown big dog on the exam table before. I would definitely ask them to examine him on the floor.

Galathiel 07-05-2014 11:05 AM

I wondered that myself. Maybe because he's young and strong he doesn't think it's a big deal? I'll ask him next time. I've been going to this office for years, in fact my parents' also used it. The old vet is mostly retired now, but they both have always put our GSDs on the table to exam them. I think at this point Varik isn't going to appreciate anything the vet does anymore, but it would be less stressful for him to be on the floor.

MrsHotrod2U 07-05-2014 12:17 PM

The vet we went to recently said that it "took the control away" that she didn't have to be protective, more neutral. It was the first time we visited this vet, not sure if I agree or not, but I thought it was interesting.

Galathiel 07-05-2014 01:11 PM

Back on topic, if anyone has any tips for making my pup more comfortable, I'd love to hear them. He's losing weight already and seems pretty mopey. He felt a bit warm last night as well. I'm encouraging him to drink/eat, but he's not that interested since he's not feeling well and his antibiotic may be affecting him as well.

my boy diesel 07-05-2014 01:54 PM

LisaT 07-05-2014 04:52 PM

If he's on cephalexin, or any in that class, that can make some dogs very sick to their stomach. Mine would vomit within 20 minutes. You need a good probiotic, I would also try some slippery elm to help coat the stomach if there aren't any elm allergies.

I left a vet because he insisted on lifting my GSD up on the table. I had to take him to the chiropractor after each regular vet visit, it would mess him up.

Saxtonhill 08-25-2014 09:53 AM

Hope that staph infection is cleared up and all is well now. And how's your basic training going?

On the subject of tables, the veterinary hospital I use gives the option of either an exam with the large dog standing on the floor, or the dog can step onto an electric table at ground level and then with a flip of the switch, the table slowly rises to a higher level for exams.

huntergreen 08-25-2014 11:44 AM

my vet also has the table that the dogs get on in the lowered position and then raised.

as stated. the antibiotic can cause some side effects. check with your vet to if there is another that can also treat this infection. i would be using betadine to wash area and not a shampoo from the vet unless he has a fungus infection also.

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