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05-20-2014 05:31 PM
selzer I used the bag balm last night, was able to sleep again, yay! Today had to mow the lawn again, and used the aveno sun screen, that helped a LOT. I have three days' worth of dishes in my sink now, and that actually helps as well -- not washing dishes constantly. Have to do it today though.

Anyhow, it is a lot better. Also, Jenna's thyroid is ok, got a call from the vet on the bloodwork today. I groomed her and pulled out all the hair she is shedding, and have been applying apple cider vinegar to her skin. The reason he thought thyroid is because her 7 puppies are 4 weeks old, and she is at 90 pounds. She hasn't been dragged down by the little buggers. But we are doing antibiotics for the boils/fever now, and for the yeast, all we can do is groom and apply the ACV, because of the pups.

At least I protected them from further damage from the sun today while mowing, and the cracks are starting to close up.

There is a lot of handwashing in this. It just goes with the territory. But the aveno seems like really good stuff.

The soap in the bathroom is softsoap, not specifically antibacterial. I had a bar of homemade stuff that was great. I have dove sensitive skin bars, and will use that for most washing now, and leave the soft soap for visitors.
05-20-2014 11:01 AM
wolfy dog
Originally Posted by selzer View Post
Jenna has something going on, with some boils, and a yeast infection. Two pups are small. I have had her to the vet a couple of times. Today again, blood work, recheck, etc. I have some problems with my immune system, asthma, thyroid, diabetes. Which means that if I get sick, it hangs on forever. So I try to avoid the germs as much as possible.
I understand now. Protect your hands and let the pups smell your arms, legs etc. There is plenty of scent from you/ Or give them an old T shirt that you have just worn.
That is tough, wishing you good healing.
05-20-2014 09:21 AM
Liberatore Don't use dishsoap, it's formulated to cut grease - it will strip the oils in your skin and dry your hands. Neutrogena hand lotion works excellent, you only need a little after each hand washing and it's not greasy. Straight Glycerin soap. And don't worry about the puppies needing to 'smell your hands' they're getting enough of your scent without that, although rubber gloves can do damage anyway. You might want to try a soap with chlorhexidine in it after handling the sick dog.

05-19-2014 09:15 PM
Mikelia I feel your pain, sometimes in the winter when I am grooming a lot I call myself lizard lady because my hands are so dry and cracked.
I use dove hypoallergenic/sensitive skin unscented bar and body soap. Regular dove doesn't seem to hurt but the other stuff is the same price so why not. I place it where I need it - kitchen, bathroom and downstairs sink. I wash my hands a lot too and when I'm busy I am more likely to just use the dish soap beside the kitchen sink rather than go to the bathroom to wash my hands. I also use latex gloves for when I will need to wash my hands often in a short period of time. I use them to prepare the dogs meals (I feed raw) and some cleaning. I still wash my hands of course, but I don't need to as often. And I lather on the lotion before I go to bed and any other time I can. Usually just when I go to bed though.
I make sure everything I buy is unscented. And goats milk soap is wonderful stuff. I have yet to break down and use the bag balm though lol.
05-19-2014 09:03 PM
Originally Posted by Traveler's Mom View Post
I can guarantee results just by using Aquaphor lotion and white gloves only at night. My husband's dermatologist had him do this for a week and his hands were back to normal. His hands were so bad he couldn't make a fist.

Aquaphor just recently came off the prescription required list.

The reason for the gloves required is that the stuff is almost Vaseline like and you want it to absorb not rub off.

Lynn & Traveler
Aquaphor is super! I used it on my tattoo but found out is is great for regular wear and tear too, after all it is designed for baby skin. You can't go wrong.
05-19-2014 09:00 PM
selzer No gloves with the puppies, because they need to smell my skin, and I need to touch them. Very important.

I just do not want to spread anything from one litter to the other. Jenna has something going on, with some boils, and a yeast infection. Two pups are small. I have had her to the vet a couple of times. Today again, blood work, recheck, etc. I have some problems with my immune system, asthma, thyroid, diabetes. Which means that if I get sick, it hangs on forever. So I try to avoid the germs as much as possible.

Anyway, long story short, I am washing my hands away. I will dump the antibacterial soap, and use my dove. I did get the bag balm out, last night. STINK!!! It is made of lanolin, I think I read on it. Yesterday my hands were swelled up, and indeed making a fist was out of the question. But the bag balm did help. I was able to sleep anyway.
05-19-2014 08:22 PM
Jax08 vaseline and put socks over your hands at night
05-19-2014 08:16 PM
wolfy dog It sounds like you are over doing it. If all your dogs are healthy, why worr som much about hand washing? Puppies should be strong enough to handle their own breeder's bacteria. That's where they got started with. You run more risk with your bleeding hands than the pups do.
05-19-2014 08:12 PM
Harry and Lola I was given a bar of goats milk soap a couple years ago and it is wonderful, it is very gentle and non drying, I often buy it

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05-19-2014 11:42 AM
Heidigsd Take a look at this soap made from goats milk, just saw this on the news the other day. The soap is supposed to be great for skin issues/cracked skin, might be worth a try?

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