German Shepherd Dog Forums - Reply to Topic

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Thread: Skin/Flea infection help (Graphic Image Warning) Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Trackback
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces):
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
08-24-2014 08:56 AM
llombardo My golden got a bad rash under his neck from swimming and not drying . No swimming and antibiotics cleared it up pretty quick. My male GSD also had an issue in the same spot as yours. They couldn't find a flea or anything indicating he had fleas so chalked it up to a hyper sensitivity to fleas. They gave him the shot to stop the itching and antibiotics. They also recommended that he stayed confined to one area outside to help, which really isn't realistic. I use the Scalibor collar with great success and I combined that with Nexgard for him for a month. Have you seen yours itching or chewing in the area? That's how I knew with mine, but I was uncertain because I could never find a single flea anywhere. I try not to give them to much stuff, so now I watch if he is itching and will only add the Nexgard if needed and the 30 days from last dose is up. It heals good, the hard part would be to keep them from biting at it, which makes it worse.
08-24-2014 08:27 AM
Anubis_Star It should clear up just fine if you finish the medication as directed. Zeke has had several hot spots - the last one was a large area covering the complete underside of his neck caused by leaving a large leather flat buckle collar on for 48 hours (either a reaction to the leather or moisture trapped under the collar)

Sadly many german shepherds are prone to skin issues, especially hot spots. So it could potentially be a reoccurring problem. But I would not worry about that now.

Make sure the area stays clean and dry. if you have a large flea problem in your area make sure to give your dog appropriate preventative. When he swims, make sure that he is dry. Lots of towel drying, or even using a blow dryer or commercial grooming dryer.
08-24-2014 05:59 AM
Malachi'sMama The prednison and cephalexin will take care of any infection. It should all clear up fine-just be sure to give the meds as prescribed and to finish them.

There are any number of different things that can cause hot spots (stress, allergies, fleas, irritants) so it could be a result of fleas compounded by not getting fully dry after swimming. Some dogs just get them if they're outside a lot during hot weather months and there's not much you can do about it. Try towel drying after he's done just to be sure he's getting dry. I would keep him out of the pool for now until that wound has healed a bit more-try to keep it dry.

As far as the Nexgard is concerned, it's only recently been approved by the FDA (like the end of last year?) I believe. I don't personally have any experience with it. Maybe others here can answer how it's worked for them.
08-24-2014 04:30 AM
MarkMulder
Quote:
Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
it could be stained from the yellow ooze and just work its way off
so they gave antibiotics and flea meds?
what is the name of the pills they gave?
Prednisone and Cephalexin

Quote:
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
If it's some type of infection he needs antibiotics. What flea treatment do you give him?
It's called nexgard, have you heard of it?
08-24-2014 04:28 AM
MarkMulder
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anubis_Star View Post
KIt looks like a hot spot. Could likely be fleas, that is a common area. That is also a common area for numerous other causes because that's where fur tends to be the thickest. Many double coated dogs that swim a lot don't completely dry off and can tend to get hot spots in that area. My own zeke did, with his thick coat we never realized he wasn't completely drying after swimming. So if he swims a lot that could be a likely cause.

That yellow spot looks like raw skin and potentially pus from an infection - looks just like a hot spot. Dogs with hot spots are usually put on antibiotics so I'm assuming that's the medicine you are talking about? We rarely put anything on the actual rash - you just want it staying clean and dry. Dry being key. We usually scrub it with an antiseptic when it's shaved but nothing more besides oral antibiotics
That's very possible, so that area becomes like a damp/moist breeding ground for bacteria and fleas? And yes, an anti-biotic, a strong flea medicine, and a steroid.

Will this eventually go away? It covers a pretty large surface area, and I'm nervous.
08-24-2014 03:22 AM
Anubis_Star KIt looks like a hot spot. Could likely be fleas, that is a common area. That is also a common area for numerous other causes because that's where fur tends to be the thickest. Many double coated dogs that swim a lot don't completely dry off and can tend to get hot spots in that area. My own zeke did, with his thick coat we never realized he wasn't completely drying after swimming. So if he swims a lot that could be a likely cause.

That yellow spot looks like raw skin and potentially pus from an infection - looks just like a hot spot. Dogs with hot spots are usually put on antibiotics so I'm assuming that's the medicine you are talking about? We rarely put anything on the actual rash - you just want it staying clean and dry. Dry being key. We usually scrub it with an antiseptic when it's shaved but nothing more besides oral antibiotics
08-24-2014 03:06 AM
my boy diesel it could be stained from the yellow ooze and just work its way off
so they gave antibiotics and flea meds?
what is the name of the pills they gave?
08-24-2014 02:56 AM
llombardo
Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkMulder View Post
That's probably the best idea, and she said she suspected him to have fleas, so they gave him a flea bath. And she actually said the same as you, that specific area is a breeding ground for fleas.
If it's some type of infection he needs antibiotics. What flea treatment do you give him?
08-24-2014 02:54 AM
MarkMulder
Quote:
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
I would go to another vet to make sure there are no other issues. The base of the tail like that usually does indicate fleas. Were any fleas of ticks found on the dog?
That's probably the best idea, and she said she suspected him to have fleas, so they gave him a flea bath. And she actually said the same as you, that specific area is a breeding ground for fleas.
08-24-2014 02:29 AM
llombardo I would go to another vet to make sure there are no other issues. The base of the tail like that usually does indicate fleas. Were any fleas of ticks found on the dog?
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:31 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset.net DobermanTalk.com GoldenRetrieverForum.com OurBeagleWorld.com
BoxerForums.com DogForums.com GoPitbull.com PoodleForum.com
BulldogBreeds.com FishForums.com HavaneseForum.com SpoiledMaltese.com
CatForum.com GermanShepherds.com Labradoodle-dogs.net YorkieForum.com
Chihuahua-People.com RetrieverBreeds.com