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by Louise M. Penery on 26 March 2008 - 02:13
hodie: Louise has made some good suggestions, except we disagree about vaccines.
Nevertheless, vaccines should only be administered to well dogs whose immune systems are not compromised.
Perhaps a visit to a veterinary dermatologist is in order for your friend. Also, the woman needs to realize that veterinarians are not gods.
The trouble with culturing is that all sorts of bacteria (including Staph) normally live on the skin--making it difficult to distinguish which pathogenic and which is not. It is for this reason that I would to treat the condition empirically.
Yes, my dogs have had Staph infections--usually, from getting wet (and not being toweled dry) in the kiddie pool or remain soaked with rain during the winter months. A warm, moist area creates an ideal environment for bacteria to replicate. And, yes, I have treated these conditions exactly as I've described above--without veterinary intervention.
While treating the dog, your friend may also consider giving her Seacure (concomitantly). I have heard good things about this product and plan to order some for myself: http://www.naturedoc.com/products/seacure.html