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Old 09-29-2016, 12:50 PM
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Bacterial skin growths/scabs/bumps

Some time in the summer Mia (9.5 months, staffy mix) got this weird skin issue where she had these little bumps all over her back/shoulders and a few on her stomach. Vet couldn't figure out what it was for about 2 months until she went to the SPCA to get spayed and the vet there said it was a bacterial infection. Took some antibiotis and bam! Bumps gone.

Recently, she got these weird red scabs on her back/shoulders. No bumps this time but similar scabbing and flakiness. After another skin scraping and culture, its another bacterial infection but this time the vet wanted to try a leave-in conditioner. She wanted to avoid taking antibiotics if possible. After one wash, the scabbing cleared up by 90%.

Vet did a follow up and said to do one more bath this week, and then continue again once every 2 weeks to keep the infection at bay. That was the only suggestion she had for prevention.

Has anyone else experience this with their dogs? What did you guys do to help prevent this from happening again?

They ruled out environmental (thank god because we take daily trail walks) and diet (she's on raw with no chicken).
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:47 PM
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Some time in the summer Mia (9.5 months, staffy mix) got this weird skin issue where she had these little bumps all over her back/shoulders and a few on her stomach. Vet couldn't figure out what it was for about 2 months until she went to the SPCA to get spayed and the vet there said it was a bacterial infection. Took some antibiotis and bam! Bumps gone.

Recently, she got these weird red scabs on her back/shoulders. No bumps this time but similar scabbing and flakiness. After another skin scraping and culture, its another bacterial infection but this time the vet wanted to try a leave-in conditioner. She wanted to avoid taking antibiotics if possible. After one wash, the scabbing cleared up by 90%.

Vet did a follow up and said to do one more bath this week, and then continue again once every 2 weeks to keep the infection at bay. That was the only suggestion she had for prevention.

Has anyone else experience this with their dogs? What did you guys do to help prevent this from happening again?

They ruled out environmental (thank god because we take daily trail walks) and diet (she's on raw with no chicken).
Yay fellow Vancouverite.

Some dogs have high levels of bacteria on their skin (look up Pyoderma). It's very common in dogs with skin folds, I can't really see if your staffy does have those. It's not an allergy or anything you can avoid as far as I know, your dog just naturally has a lot of bacteria on its skin and the skin will react as such. Your vet was pretty much spot on with the advice of bathing frequently with medicated shampoo (benzoyl peroxide).

If it is extremely bad then antibiotics certainly help, but administering these for life obviously causes issues (kills good bacteria causing a weak immune system for one). I wouldn't advise it but if it is so bad ask your vet about Convenia. It's a form of antibiotic that lasts two weeks in the dogs systems (as opposed to one day) and I've read very good things.

I think the bathing is probably your best bet, and antibiotics if it flares up badly.
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Thank you for your reply @Knapman47
Yeah! Always nice to see another Vancouverite on this site!

Actually the medicated shampoo doesn't work...it's a leave in conditioner she gave me which works. Who would have thought dogs have a leave in conditioner lol
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Safe to assume the leave in conditioner is an anti-bacterial of some sort? What's the brand?
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@jagger yes you are correct. It's some kind of anti-bacterial solution, it's a thick milky white consistency. No brand, they just put it in a small squeeze bottle for me. I should check the sticker/label when I get home, probably says what's in it. Once I run out, I just have to call them ahead of time so they can make some more for me. Looks like she's going to have to use it on an on-going basis.
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If the shampoo the vet gave isn't working, you might want to consider a tea tree based shampoo. It's natural antibacterial and antifungal. Started tea tree on the dog, seemed to sooth his ails quite a bit. Mind you, we were following up with epsom salts soak and leave in coconut/cocoa butter oil.
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If it's not environmental, I don't think a medicated shampoo would help, however, an oatmeal bath and castor oil might give some relief with any discomfort & speeding up healing. The latter can be taken internally and/or rubbed on the affected area, and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Also, consider this dog may have some underlying autoimmune issue going on, and start lightly cooking the meat. bacteria does exist in raw foods fit for human consumption, and while some dogs handle it better than we can, others who may be otherwise healthy simply cannot tolerate the load. And if there is even a slight compromising of the immune system, the dog will not be able to handle raw meat at all. Don't dismiss that possibility even if allergy testing has come back negative.
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The medicated shampoo didn't work but the leave-in conditioner did.

The scabs don't seem to bother her that much because I don't see her scratching very much. An underlying autoimmune issue has occurred to me and I will bring that up to the vet next time if her skin issue comes back or gets worse.

So far with using the leave-in conditioner I have not found anymore scabs/flakiness but I wondered if I would have to continue using the leave-in conditioner on an on-going basis (once every 2 weeks as the vet recommended). I just wanted to see if anyone else had experience this with their dogs and what they did to treat it.

I might try a tea tree based shampoo as Jagger suggested along with the leave in conditioner. I don't think Mia would have the patience for an epsom salts soak lol
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I have a five-month-old Australian Shepherd/border collie mix and the first day I got him I took him into the lake and he's been scratching ever since. He went on medication for that which helped a little but didn't resolve it. Recently he was playing with another dog and jumped into a swamp and began scratching more afterwards. He's on medication again and that's calmed him down.

But same kind of symptoms bumps on the belly, some "pistules" that looked like zits, and lots of scratching and nipping himself everywhere everywhere. Every 5 minutes.

I wish I knew what the underlying cause was, because pyoderma is supposed to have an underlying cause. The vet recommended taking omega-3's or something but I'm going to finish the medications first. I just know that I live on the water and it's a real pain to be keeping the dog out of the water. I'd like to know what the underlying issue is, but I don't have the money to dig too deep
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