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    Default 11 month old Pup (Bacterial Skin Infection)

    I have a Pup that has a bacterial skin infection that I cannot resolve. He first had this condition the first of February of this year and my Vet prescribed ( Simplicef ) and it cleared it up after 18 day dosage. 3 weeks later pup has it again. Back to the Vet for another round of Simplicef , 21 day dosage, it started clearing up around day 10 but on day 18 of treatment it's back. Drugs appear not to be working now.

    Also changed his diet from Purina Pro Plan 30/20 to Purina Sensitive Skin and Stomach. May 5th, 2016 Pup will be a year old.

    I really like the pup, but this is getting to be an issue. Would appreciate any ideas as to what may resolve this problem. I am hoping that someone else has experienced this problem and has a fix.

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    Is your dog scratching and licking in response to itchiness? Is the bacterial infection from the dog scratching and licking?

    Have you tried Apoquel?

    The Apoquel would help get the itchiness under control. Then you can experiment with food. Start with an all life stages limited ingredient feed, such as Nature's Variety Instinct Lamb Meal Limited Ingredient. This feed has no egg, no fish, no chicken, no gluten, no dairy...If all goes well after a couple of months you can experiment with no Apoquel, then start adding in suspected allergens to the diet.

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    I have done a little research on Apoquel, Not for use in dogs less than 12 months old.

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    I was advised to get my pups thyroid checked, that was the source and the answer
    Daren Galloway

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    Daren Thanks for the info What is involved in the treatment ? Is it something he will grow out ?

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    You say it's bacterial, have you tried vetricyn? It is a very powerful superficial anti microbial. It's not expensive and definitely worth a try.

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    How about see a veterinary dermatologist instead of "try this, try that". Medication need to be prescribed for a reason. This pup may have an underlying condition that needs to be diagnosed, and that cannot be done on the internet. A specialist would be more expensive initially, but in the long run will save you time and money and save the pup the aggravation of the condition.

    Might be as simple as changing dog foods, or be much more complicated. Get with your vet and discuss a possible referral.
    Nate Baxter, DVM
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    Quote Originally Posted by RR Gaines View Post
    Daren Thanks for the info What is involved in the treatment ? Is it something he will grow out ?
    A pill a day. He was Low/Normal, give him a MG/day and the rash went completely away. No clue if thats the source of your problem, but possibly something to ask your vet about. My pup would get staph infection on his belly.
    Daren Galloway

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    My dog went a year where every scratch would turn into an infection that would spread. My vet prescribed Keflex and a Chlorhexidine Gluconate shampoo, I found a spray with the same ingredient and the both were a great help. After trying several foods I switched back to Dr Tims pursuit and she hasn't had an infection in almost a year. I had her on the PP Sensitive Skin and Stomach and it seemed the worst.

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    I don't have any advice but wanted to wish your pup well. I had a very frustrating 5+ week ordeal where my pup had diarrhea without any identifiable cause. Eventually, things got better and she is thriving. Hope all goes well and remember your pup wants it gone as much as you do.

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