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Skin infection on female German Shepherd

Posted Dec 20 2008 5:51pm

Question :
Hi there I have a female German Shepherd she got sprayed in the face and mouth
by skunk in 2004 ever since then she broke out with blood blisters on lower back
by tail I got that to go away but now she has a terrible skin infection mostly
on the shoulder blade going down the legs and under chin running down the neck
her hair is all intact the only time the hair falls out is when I give her
a
bath she responded to Cephallexin 3 times but the infection came back worse she
has been on Baytrill 3 weeks but the area never healed or went away now she has
it all back a lot of pus and
blood raw skin in parts hair is matted full of pus
I can’t even wash it out it takes about 2-3 hours to get all the pus out of
her hair sometimes it stinks like road kill very rotten smell and sometimes the
pus turns green in color she is 9 yrs old that’s how long I have been
battling this problem. the infection she has is not contagious no skin problems
in this family or sickness the dog has her appetite she has mild
constipation,she urinates fine no vomiting ever she is in pain her eyes are
tearing a lot she will not lay back to sleep she just sits up I will send
another comment with pictures.

Answer :

Dear,

I think that there is not any connection between the changes you mantioned and the contact with the skunk.
Your dog is suffering from deep pyoderma,primary bacterial, or secondary bacterial infection on some primary agent.
First perform bacterial cuture and antibiogram sensitivity test for treatment of the infection. Examine the skin for parasites, especially Demodicosis. Do fungal culture if previous tests are negative.
Other that it should examined are the anal sacs.

Treatment:
-Treat your god aproximately 6-8 weeks, or at least 2 weeks beyond the complete clinical remision of the infection with the systemic antibiotic selection based on the results of a bacterial culture and sensitivity tests.
-Consult your vet for performing topical terapy.
-Deep pyoderma is rarely a primary desease process and is related to some other underlying problem. NOTE this to your vet and treat the underlying problem after you cure the secondary bacterial infection.

Truly

Damjan

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