Sep 9, 2006, 4:29 AM
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Sorry to hear about the dog. My schnauzer had a similar problem when she was very young 8-12 weeks. Dandruff, clumps of hair coming off, bald patches, then red blobs. The vet stuck ivermectin into her (to zap some hypothetical fungal infection), gave me some steroidal or antibiotic cream to apply; on my own initiative I also applied gentian violet (zaps fungus), I even tried some lemon thingy (you can get the recipe if you did a search here in the forum), and I switched her kibble (she was on science diet), and at one point I even barfed her.
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Anyway, her condition resolved and I still don't know what the problem was or what it was that worked. I personally think it is a bad idea to put a dog on long term antibiotic and antifungal treatment at the same time. If it's a bug, then kill it with an antibiotic; if it's a fungus, zap it with ivermectin or some other funguszapper. But both at the same time, ugh.
I hazard a guess here and assume the vet prescribed the antibiotics to 'cover' secondary, opportunistic bacterial infection from the scratch wounds. I'm not convinced of the wisdom of this.
If it's a food allery that's causing the problem, then you can stuff the dog with any amount of antifungal, antibacterial, antiwhatnots and the only thing you'll be zapping will be your bank account.
Surely a good vet can do a scraping to rule out or confirm a fungal infection and then focus on zapping the fungus if it is a fungal infection instead of indiscriminately hurling an arsenal of drugs at the poor animal. Once you've ruled out fungal infection and other parasites, you can then focus on devising a non-allergenic diet. Not an easy task to be sure, but probably the most reasonable path to follow.
Have you tried rubbing raw aloe vera onto the affected areas?
I hope things go well for the dog.