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Old 09-12-2011, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for help/advice on how to avoid giving antibiotics to my 6 month old puppy for a skin thing.

Saphira started with some scaling and dryness at the base of her tail a week or so ago. I had the vet take a peek at it on Friday when she was with me for her bath. Vet combed the area with a flea comb and did not see any redness just flakes and suggested fish oil.

Saturday I noticed she had a lump under the skin in the same area that was not there on Friday. Seemed non painful and was not warm or oozey.

Sunday night you can see some oozing of clear fluid and a little blood out of the hair follicles. Still doesn't seem painful.

So I took her in to work with me today and the vet prescribed Simplicef 1.5 tabs once a day for 2 weeks. Vet feels like it is an infection (bacterial) of the hair follicles and possibley the tail gland. I am wondering if the metal flea comb maybe scratched and irritated the area causing this reaction.

I know the antibiotics are going to wreak havoc on her stomach and I would like to treat this without using them. Any suggestions? I thought about a warm compress, using some diluted listerine, and maybe some gold bond medicated powder to help dry it out??

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Old 09-12-2011, 04:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did it look like this? My vet gave me a spray to put on after I cleaned it off. I cleaned it with betadine and put the spray on, cleared up very fast. I am at work so I don't have the name of the spray.
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sounds like a staph infection . See if you can't get some usnea , or slather virgin coconut oil on it (anti microbial) , betadine is a good surgical scrub .

There are so many ways . Use digestive enzymes , probiotics . You need to do something for the dogs outside and inside .

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Old 09-12-2011, 05:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Carolyn...nah, its not like a hot spot, its a raised lump with pin prick looking holes. Thank you though.

Carmen, I think I can find that stuff at a place near my house...also I am putting a check in the mail for the Sunday Sundae today. Thanks again for all your help/advice the other day.

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Ok I'm now the proud owner of some organic virgin coconut oil, some apple cider vinegar, and human grade acidophilous. Unfortunately they were out of usnea and I will try another store tomorrow.

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Old 09-12-2011, 07:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I know we all like to use other methods first, but Ronda, if these don't work or you see signs of worsening infection, please, use the antibiotics ASAP. Bacterial infections can become deadly so quickly. Just my humble opinion, but at least get the prescription filled in case? Did your vet at least do a culture to make sure it is a bacterial infection?
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I agree, antibiotics aren't the worst thing you could do. I agree with the culture. And a good probiotic along with supplements will help regardless.
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Vetericyn I swear by the stuff, altho antibiotics may also be needed.
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No worries about waiting too long, I promise. I actually work at the vet hospital and already have them filled just in case. I would like to see if it gets better in a day or so without resorting to the antibiotics if possible. If it doesn't improve or gets worse, I will start the antibiotics.

The vet did not do a scraping, they just prescribed the medication after a brief exam.

I am not opposed to traditional medicine at all, just slightly wary of the side effects sometimes. The last time I gave her an antibiotic (Metro), it took about a month to get her stomach under control...and that was with probiotics and a supplement to help.

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Surprised as metro is used a lot to control digestive issues. your dog may have a sensitivity to that or an allergy. Hope your dog gets well soon. Please let us know what the culture said.
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