|09-17-2013 10:55 PM|
Thank you for all the great ideas. I'm not a fan of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and I was wondering if there were other treatments for his skin spots. I do know to finish the full course of antibiotics, but his diarrhea was so bad I was sure that was the culprit and didn't know about the probiotics until reading threads on here.
Hopefully we are getting on the right track!
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|09-17-2013 10:18 PM|
IMO, the vet should have skipped the benadryl and given probiotic with the first dosing of antibiotic. Since you are a nurse you know you should continue the full course of antibiotic, I think they are worth a try.
Any topicals for the the infected skin? You may want to try Hibiclens on the skin rash, keep it clean and dry.
As for food, get off processed food and try The Honest Kitchen, it is dehydrated raw food, also has fruits and veggies. You can order online if not in local stores.
|09-17-2013 09:00 PM|
I agree with the above, just wanted to add something to ponder.
Wellness is rather a 'rich' food, my dogs did not do well on it, and I know a few others that didn't either, mainly diarhea..So maybe, just sayin,,I would try switching the food as your thinking.
I like Vetericyn for rash/wound all around care..While I am NOT a fan of purina, I did put one of my aussies on it PUrina SS, sensitive skin/stomache for a time,,he gets 'fungal' sores during certain times of the year..cleared them up great, his coat was gorgeous, stools were great, BUT, he porked on the weight,,so I discontinued it..I did like the food, it was salmon based..
Hope you can clear things up, I don't really have any advice on the antibiotics but I DO like using probiotics..
|09-17-2013 08:08 PM|
So glad you said NO to her food choices!!! ;-)
*Not a fan of either food but if I had to choose one it would be the Wellness as it has better quality ingredients than the Exclusive.
*You can add some canned pumpkin (NO spices) to his food to help with the diarrhea. If he is really bad, IMHO, I think the boiled, boneless, skinless chicken breast mixed with equal parts of canned pumpkin works better than the "hamburger and rice" recipe.
*Every time a dog gets an antibiotic he should get a probiotic. Your pup probably needs a digestive enzyme and a probiotic added daily to his food to keep his gut healthy. Wholistic Digest All Plus is a great one (human grade ingredients) that has both: The Wholistic Pet
*For a couple of weeks/days, you could also add an herbal called "Slippery Elm" to sooth his stomach. Purchased at a health food store.
*You can put the coconut oil into his food. Coconut Oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. 1 teaspoon per 10-20 pounds but start with small amount and increase SLOWLY. It should be Organic, raw, cold pressed, NO hexane.
*For the infected rash/sores:
You can try a few things. Vitamin E or 99% Aloe Vera Gel or Manuka Honey (but it's messy)or one of the following treatments:
Povidone Iodine purchased from the drug store: in a small bowl, pour a little of the povidone iodine into a small bowl and dilute it with warm purified water until it is the color of iced-tea. Use a clean cloth each time and bath the infected spots with this. Don’t rinse off, just pat dry. Do this at least 2 to 3 times daily.
OR you could try the following. It’s a little more hands on intense.
Oregano Oil: to be used at a topical: “is made of carvacrol, which is a compound that is nearly 93 percent pure oregano oil. It's this compound that the researchers at the East West School of Herbology believe can treat the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to research done by the University of the West of England, a small amount of carvacrol was found to be a more effective treatment than the top 18 pharmaceutical antibiotics that were tested along with it. Prior to the use of modern antibiotics, infections such as Staph/MRSA were treated with heat-clearing herbs. These are herbs thought to fight off bacteria as well as increase the body's immune system to viral infections. **Mix 6 drops of Oregano oil into 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil and apply it topically 10 times per day”. The health food store would have the Oregano Oil.
Hope this helps!
|09-17-2013 07:16 PM|
Need advice for antibiotic usage in my puppy
I'm going to start off by saying I'm also venting, but need some advise of others that may have also had this problem also!
Rocco is 16 weeks old and weighs 40 lbs. We switched his food three weeks ago to Wellness LBP and his stools were normal after the transition. I took him to the vet two weeks ago for a bad skin infection under his front leg that was red, swollen and itchy. The vet gave him benadryl and cephalexin. He started having diarrhea within two days of starting these meds. The skin infection cleared up and we stopped the antibiotics after 6 days. He continued to have diarrhea. We stopped the bully sticks and limited the treats and no improvement with the stools. He developed a new skin rash spot in his groin, and we already had a follow up appointment scheduled for today with the vet from the last infected spot. I believe the rashes are starting from bug bites that he is getting from outside, then licking and itching makes them open and infected.
I am a nurse, so I do understand the workings of the body, but today the vet confused me. She was saying the the food switch and the antibiotics could have wiped out his normal flora of the bowel, causing the diarrhea. She then started preaching about Science Diet or Purina Pro Plan for food recommendations (I'm not planning on switching to either of these brands). She was also not familiar with Wellness brand food either. She then pulled up a google search for a recall from Oct 2012 and said that was the problem, seriously?!?! Anyways, she gave him an antibiotic shot for his skin, then prescribed biomox antibiotic for his skin, Metronidazole for his bowel, and a probiotic capsule. She also suggested adding rice to his food.
Now I agree with the probiotic and adding rice, I was also thinking about switching foods to Exclusve LBP (Rocco's sister has been on it with no problems). What are your thoughts about the two antibiotics? I bought coconut oil for the rash and started with it this afternoon.
Any opinions are helpful! Thank you!