Looking-To-Be-Chronic Staph Infections

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Postby BullyLady » December 5th, 2009, 4:22 am

Well, Shelby is now on antibiotics for her second staph infection, the first was in mid September. I saw this one coming though, a small irritated spot on the inside of her hind leg. I tried using an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal topical product I have (I think it's called Gentizol?) but to no avail. She has been bright pink on all her soft spots since going off raw, and itchy itchy itchy. After the hematoma and staph infection and godawful round of Pred in Sept and now this infection again, we are back on raw. Ick ick ick, but I would bet money that this clears it right up.

*sigh* I don't WANNA! Good thing I love this dog..... :nono:
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Postby Malli » December 5th, 2009, 5:32 am

welcome to the club. Membership includes more and longer rounds of cephalexin then I can remember, I think the number must be up in the 30's(as in, been on it at least 30 times) for Oscar.

It's frustrating and uncomfortable but at the same time, it could be a lot worse, too, you know?

We've been dealing with skin infections for almost 8 years at this point, my thoughts are : as long as he's not rediculously itchy, I can deal with a few bald spots (he gets them from little localized infections) that do come up. I am happy he's a brindle though, hides it well! :)
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Postby Patch O' Pits » December 5th, 2009, 12:04 pm

You need to look into more of what is causing them then just treating them IMO. It could be environmental allergies, food allergies and or another autoimmune issue. You may want to seek out the help of a dermatologist! Skin issues can be quite frustrating.

I hope things get better asap!
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Postby blabsforbullies » December 5th, 2009, 2:36 pm

Patch O' Pits wrote:You need to look into more of what is causing them then just treating them IMO. It could be environmental allergies, food allergies and or another autoimmune issue. You may want to seek out the help of a dermatologist! Skin issues can be quite frustrating.

I hope things get better asap!


:bowDown: AMEN, SISTER! :bowDown:

Honestly, some of us say that there are some dogs that just have a Cephalexin deficiency... we are joking of course. :wink:
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Postby Malli » December 5th, 2009, 3:01 pm

and you know what? Sometimes you can't find a cause, either :neutral:

Which, though we haven't done all the testing, is where we're at with Oscar - my Vet calls our treatment strategy "putting out fires" :rolleyes2:
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Postby blabsforbullies » December 5th, 2009, 4:48 pm

Malli wrote:Which, though we haven't done all the testing, is where we're at with Oscar - my Vet calls our treatment strategy "putting out fires" :rolleyes2:


I call it band aids! :prescription:
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Postby Pit♥bull » December 5th, 2009, 5:28 pm

Malli wrote:"putting out fires" :rolleyes2:

blabsforbullies wrote:I call it band aids! :prescription:
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Postby Marinepits » December 5th, 2009, 5:38 pm

blabsforbullies wrote:.....some dogs that just have a Cephalexin deficiency.....


Mac has wiped out Dr Blab's cephalexin supply more than once, LOL.
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Postby BullyLady » December 5th, 2009, 6:22 pm

blabsforbullies wrote:
Patch O' Pits wrote:You need to look into more of what is causing them then just treating them IMO. It could be environmental allergies, food allergies and or another autoimmune issue. You may want to seek out the help of a dermatologist! Skin issues can be quite frustrating.

I hope things get better asap!


:bowDown: AMEN, SISTER! :bowDown:

Honestly, some of us say that there are some dogs that just have a Cephalexin deficiency... we are joking of course. :wink:


Well, I'm pretty sure that's what we are doing by going back to a raw diet. The infections and pinkness and itchiness started about a week after she went onto kibble. I waited it out this long to see if it was seasonal, we got our first snow about two weeks ago and a week later another staph infection popped up. So, back to raw we go, stopping the infections at their source, I'm almost sure of it. I will update after a month of being back on raw, but I'm sure this is the answer.
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Postby Patch O' Pits » December 6th, 2009, 12:53 am

I hope that the RAW is the answer! That would simplify it. Keep us posted.
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Postby Malli » December 6th, 2009, 3:33 am

blabsforbullies wrote:
Malli wrote:Which, though we haven't done all the testing, is where we're at with Oscar - my Vet calls our treatment strategy "putting out fires" :rolleyes2:


I call it band aids! :prescription:


better then a kick in the pants though, eh?
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