German Shepherd Dog > Bacterial Skin Infection (13 replies)
Bacterial Skin Infection
by macrowe1 on 07 June 2012 - 02:40
|My poor dog has a bacterial skin infection. She's gotten one before sometime last fall, and my vet prescribed some antibiotics, antibiotic spray, and special medicated shampoo. She currently only has a few spots on her, which I shaved down so I could clean easier. Anyone dealt with this before? Any home remedies that are useful for treating the spots and preventing the spread?|
by SitasMom on 07 June 2012 - 03:40
Have your vet do a culture to see what bacteria it is...
Is your dog blowing coat?
What are you feeding?
by macrowe1 on 07 June 2012 - 11:12
|She's definately blowing her coat. She's on Solid Gold Wolf King right now with some yogurt added to it. Poor thing has little spots all over her. I guess I'll take her to work with me tomorrow and get a skin scrape :(|
by Nellie on 07 June 2012 - 12:05
|I use Neem oil shampoo, excellent Natural antibacterial and anti fungel properties, i used it on one of my dogs when they got a secondary bacterial infection after Mange, now it is always in the dog room, as with most things get it checked out by a vet, my vet is pretty good so will always let me know of alternatives ( i always ask ) rather than what is on his shelf,|
Hope she gets better soon
by Rass on 07 June 2012 - 12:05
When she had this problem before, was she blowing coat then? Is she spayed? How old is she?
by Rass on 07 June 2012 - 12:07
|BTW Tea Tree Oil is poisonous to dogs.. be very careful using some of this stuff.|
by ggturner on 07 June 2012 - 13:15
|Yeast infections of the skin should also be considered. |
by SitasMom on 07 June 2012 - 13:16
I'm a big fan of finding out what it is before deciding how to treat, using homeopathic or modern medicine. Both can work, but guessing and treating for something its not the way to go.
A scraping is not a necessarily a culture. A culture takes a couple of days to grow and will indicate exactly what it is and also the best treatment options.
If she is not spay, sometimes a hormone imbalance prior or during her heat cycle cause hot spots that can get infected. (If she is not spay, it might be a good reason to spay as this isn't something that should be passed to the next generation).
Does she live inside your home? How much time does she outside?
Has she been treated for fleas within the past 2 weeks?
Make sure to wash all of her bedding also wash floors, furniture, crates, kennel runs with the appropriate disinfectant according to the label. Once again, knowing what it is, helps to determine the appropriate disinfectant.
Keep us posted.
by macrowe1 on 07 June 2012 - 18:28
|Thanks guys! Yes, she's blowing her coat and is an intact female. It's not yeasty, it's just small random spots that look like little postules and are scabbed over or super irritated and itchy. I cut the hair back on the spots so I could clean them and have been using Gentamicin spray. Maybe twice a week I put some fish oil supplament on her food for her coat, and she's never had any problems except the one time before (which I thought was maybe due to swimming too much and getting bacteria trapped in her coat) and now. Except now she hasn't been swimming or wet, but she's super itchy and her skin looks irritated. I'm going to take her tomorrow and make sure it's not anything bad, I'd just rather not use steroids and antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. The antibiotics always upset her stomach :( Thanks for the advice! I'm going to have to check out that shampoo!|
by uvw on 07 June 2012 - 18:35
|if you're using salmon oil, switch to another type of fish oil...sardine, anchovy, etc. sometimes salmon oil causes itching and small patches of thinning or missing fur, etc.|
by macrowe1 on 07 June 2012 - 19:14
|Thanks uvw, I'll make sure it's not salmon. Sitasmom: she's inside, outside only when we are working or to pee. On flea/tick prevention and I haven't seen any fleas or flea dirt. I treat her around the first of the month, so about a week ago.|
by SitasMom on 08 June 2012 - 00:45
Does it look anything like the photos on this page?
by Blitzen on 08 June 2012 - 00:53
|Macrowe, primary bacterial infections like the one you are describing are not generally seen in healthy dogs. There may be something else going on with your dog. I would consider making an appointment with a dermatologist if this continues to recur or doesn't clear 100% in a reasonable amount of time.|
by SitasMom on 08 June 2012 - 01:01
does she have a throid problem?
could it be ingrown hairs?