We have a foster girl, Abby from York, SC, who came in to us with a recovering coat and itching terribly after arrival from SC (thinking was allergic reaction to flea bites, as she was covered when she was found as a stray, or mites... scrape for mange was negative, but that is not uncommon, so we treated for S. Mange and bathed with special shampoo and Resicort conditioner). She was doing so well and her coat was looking great, then wham, extreme itching and postules occured week of 10/27.
She was put on Cipro and Benadryl for a month - we didn't even make it to a month and I called our vet and said she is not improving and I think it has gone to her ear. He cultured her skin and ear and thought her skin looked worse - ulcerated postules.
She was put on 1000 mg of Cephalaxin (3 x a day) and 1 Claritin (once every 24 hours).
Then culture of her skin and ear - came back confirming both with staph.
An extended sensitivity panel was done and it just came back today - resistant to most classes of antibiotics, including cephalosporin (which Cephalaxin is). We are going to see our vet with Abby tonight to discuss and have him look at her skin and ear. He does not want to say MRSA yet - thankfully - and is hoping we can come up with the right meds to kick the staph.
However, I do feel the Cephalaxin is working or at least helping her maintain. I even think her scratching has subsided a bit. Her skin postules are not oozing and look better and the gunk in her ear is a bit better.
She is eating, drinking and playing like normal. She was having a ball in the snow this morning.
We still need to find the primary cause, but need the infection to be under control first. We are now thinking allergies, she is/was on TOTW (Pacific Salmon, Dream Coat, Ester C, sardines), but we still don't know.
Any input would be most appreciated. I adore her and I am worried.
Here is her original Urgent thread: