Another Itchy Skin post
March 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm
Hair Loss & Crusty Dry Skin – What is it? is possibly one of the most visited posts on Boogie’s Blog, and our vet had diagnosed this recurring problem as an allergy-related staph infection.
Recently I came across an article that confirms and sheds more light on the problem: The Killer App for Canine Itching and Skin Infections
In fact, this reads EXACTLY like what Boogie suffers from. Every summer, something in the air sets off an itchy skin reaction with crusty sores and hair loss, and poor Boogie has to take cortisone shots and excessive quantities of oral antibiotics to get some relief.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the antibiotics once relied on to clear up both human and animal infections are becoming increasingly less effective against “superbugs” like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP, formerly known as MRSI — same bug, new acronym), which makes dogs miserable but almost never causes problems for people, and its well-known human counterpart, MRSA. The more frequently antibiotics are prescribed for infections, including canine skin infections, the more bacteria develop resistance to those drugs.
According to the article, the solution = MORE BATHS.
Dogs with atopic dermatitis whose bacterial infections are under control should be bathed once or twice a week, but for dogs with resistant staph skin infections, Fadok recommends daily bathing. Dog owners should use shampoos containing chlorhexidine, an antiseptic, followed by rinses and leave-on solutions with specific fatty acids thought to restore the skin’s barrier function.
I looked up the ingredients of Boogie’s shampoo & leave-on conditioner – no chlorhexidine…
In any case, the weather is warming up and Boogie’s itchies have started. I will be giving him more frequent baths. Fingers crossed.
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