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Common Health Problems in West Highland White Terriers and Schnauzers

Staph Infections

My doctor has always said these red spots (pictured below) were an allergy but as I asked for tests, we found that these red spots were not from an allergy but were in fact a dog staph infection.

 

These large areas start off as red spot and then turns into a larger area and a scab forms.   This is a staph infection.

Staph Infections can be hard to cure.  These can be stubborn because of the overuse of antibiotics or a failure of the immune system.  It is called MRSA.

 

How do you tell if it is dog Staph infections or a Bacterial Infection - MRSA?

These are dog staph infections on Elle's belly.  They spread like wildfire closeupellesores

My doctor has always said these red spots on the left were an allergy but as I asked for tests, we found that these red spots were not from an allergy but were in fact Staph germs.

These large areas start off as red spot and then turns into a larger area and a scab forms.   This is a staph infection and MRSA.

My doctor put my dog on antibiotics and that helps short term but they always come back. I  feed  my dog homemade so I know she is getting good wholesome nutrition and no grains. 

After a lot of time,  money and effort I demanded a skin scraping done on my dog.  I was  shocked at the result.  My vet had mis-diagnosed my pets problem. 

 

It  wasn't food at all.  It was a staph infection and a bad one.  This  staph infection was resistant to all antibiotics.  I saw the report and took my dog and the report and found another vet. 

My new vet told me it was going to be hard to cure this problem but we agreed that we could at  least try to help my girl get better.  She was on a anti-biotic and Prednisone (steroid) therapy but it did not work.

Predinisone is a very heavy duty drug used to save people's lives when they are very ill.  It dismays me to see Prednisone given out at the whim of any Vet.  It will ruin the kidneys and liver of your dog. 

That is why I don't understand why Vets insist on using this dangerous drug for silly things like allergies, prevention should be the first course of action.

Elle was able to tolerate the antibiotic but not the Prednisone.  So we took her off the Pred and continued the Cephalexin. 

At first we tried Cephalexin for 2 weeks 250 mg per day.  That did not work. 

Cephalexin is an antibiotic used in dogs. It is most commonly prescribed after a surgery or to treat a bacterial infection. 

Then we tried Cephalexin for 4 weeks.  No change

Then we tried Cephalexin for 8 weeks.  No change.

Finally the vet bumped up the dosage to 500 mg per day, morning and night.  This worked for a while.  In fact I was encouraged because the spots went away and stayed away for an entire month.

Elle is still on antibiotics.  Here feet, which were very infected are now 50% better and the spots take longer to appear but she still has this infection in her system.

This is how I take care of staph and bacterial skin problems.

  • I wash the areas with a  medicated soap from the vet
  • I wait until the scabs are softened and then I scrape them off gently
  • I put regular hydrogen  peroxide on the spot because these spot will multiply
  • I then put Panalog or Dermatitis on each sore until it  heals.

Most of the time if I am vigilant I can control dog skin problems but  yesterday I found more than 20 scabs all over her body and started her on the antibiotics and  cleaned out the scabs every day with my method  above.

It keeps coming  back usually around the tail  area and then spreads onto her belly and  eventually on the back starting at the tail and migrating to the neck.

She has never had these sores  on her head or eyes.  But she does have dog  skin problems around her  mouth on the right side only. 

I use other things to help reduce bacterial growth, including oregano oil, propolis, and olive leaf extract. I also use essential oils, colloidal silver, Manuka honey, and Pavia cream.

Resistance to staph infection antibiotics

Update:

The last time I visited the vet, they told me that they had given up on curing my dogs staph infection.  They told me that her body was resistant to all types of medications that are used for staph infections.  This really upset me because at times, the infection is so bad that she cannot stand on her sore feet.

I have placed soft rugs everywhere she has to walk so that it does hurt so much.  I'm really at the end of my rope on this one.  I wash her down everyday with dandruff shampoo. 

As soon as her paws are lesion free, I'm going to try once again with vinegar and water solution applied to her feet every day.

It keeps coming  back usually around the tail  area and then spreads onto her belly and  eventually on the back starting at the tail and migrating to the neck.

She has never had these sores  on her head or eyes.  But she does have dog  skin problems around her  mouth on the right side only.

Resistance to staph infection antibiotics

Update:

The last time I visited the vet, they told me that they had given up on curing my dogs staph infection.  They told me that her body was resistant to all types of medications that are used for staph infections.  This really upset me because at times, the infection is so bad that she cannot stand on her sore feet.

I have placed soft rugs everywhere she has to walk so that it does hurt so much.  I'm really at the end of my rope on this one.  I wash her down everyday with dandruff shampoo. 

As soon as her paws are lesion free, I'm going to try once again with vinegar and water solution applied to her feet every day.  Read about how I cured my dog of yeast infections

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