Boogie’s skin problems – solutions! Fingers crossed.

August 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm 8 comments

One of the most popular posts on Boogie’s Blog is Hair loss and crusty dry skin… What is it?   Many other dog owners are experiencing the same troubles, have spent as much money as I have, and feel as desperate as I do.

This photo is from 4 years ago, but see the bald patches on his back and legs? This is what happens every summer, and what Boogie’s back looks like NOW.

I have written about Boogie’s recurring skin problem many times, every summer, when we get the same Staph infection diagnosis and another whopping course of antibiotics. Yes, the cephalexin clears up the skin issues but Boogie’s immune system gets messed up at the same time so I have never been 100% happy with this solution.  Some blog readers have shared their own success stories with me so I want to re-share them here.

From Carolyn&John:

Oh I can help you with this! Went through the same with my ridgeback. Spent a fortune and FINALLY found the answer. I wasted time with the specialists. My local RR Club hooked me up with an old school vet who had the solution. It is a staph infection and antibiotics won’t help long term because it’s so hard on the system and this whole thing is caused by a compromised immune system to start with. You need to start WEEKLY baths of chlorohexadine shampoo and add PB–8 probiotic to the diet. Basically treat the staph topically and bolster his immune system rather than tear if down. Also, I feed Honest Kitchen Thrive. It’s best for allergic dogs. I wish I could go on at greater length but I’m typing from my iPhone lol thumbs are sore Lol. But I found your blog by chance and wanted to help. Email me for more info as I have lots to share. We spent 2 years and spared no expense to fine what works. Silly thing is the solution isn’t even expensive. Ay! Best of luck!!

Today, this comment came in from Lawrence:

Thanks for posting this blog post. My BT, Buster 4mth old Male, had that weird scaly hair lesions with resulting patchy hair loss too this summer. At first it was only one patch on the side of his belly, then it really spread around to the point where it was embarrassing.

I followed the advice of Carolyn&John (which lacked specific brands/products). I looked up pro-biotics and chlorohexadine shampoo and just bought what was popular/highly rated on amazon.

Here’s exactly what I used:

Chlorhexidine Products
-Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo
-Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Micro-Emulsion Spray

PharmAssure – Acidophilus Capsules (this is the probiotics)
Nature’s Bounty Odorels Fish Oil 1000mg (purified of Mercury PCBs and Dioxins)

I bathed my BT up to 3 times a week (also whenever dirty like after a dog run/day at the beach). I would spray him w/ Cholorhexidine spray once a day (a good 3-4 sprays around his whole body).

Then I would feed him the two supplements twice a day with meals.

It actually cleared up within 2 weeks completely in the middle of summer. The first week there was very noticeable results.

I added the fish oil for the fatty acids and omega 3 benefits.

I’m a doctor and understand the biochemistry/pathology behind this fungal infection. Its basically lack of absorption in the gut resulting in the fungal/bacterial lesions in the skin due to a bit of immunosuppression. Carolyn’s advice as scientifically sound.

The probiotics reboot the guts natural bacterial flora/fauna to normal, the fish oil provides nutrients specific for the rebuilding of skin layers (amongst other things like heart benefits), and the clorohexidine is basically a disinfectant/sanitizer that kills off the bacteria/fungus at the skin level.

Thanks again for posting your dogs skin infection and plight with pictures on your blog. It really helped me out and also helped me avoid going to an over zealous vet who might have put my puppy on long tern antibiotics that was not needed.

Hope this works for your guy as well.

– Lawrence

Thank you, Carolyn, John and Lawrence!

I did order a big ol’ bottle of green Chlorhexidine solution to make a spray but when it arrived, I wasn’t sure what % to use so I have held off on using this. The instructions offered by one Amazon customer was 2 tablespoons of chlorhexidine solution to 1 gallon of water, and I tried this but the result looked just like plain water. It was super diluted and gut instinct tells me I may be better off just ordering the bottled Duoxo Chlorhexidine spray.

At the same time, I am bathing Boogie once a week… Perhaps I need to bathe him more often. He is also getting Canine Immune System Support twice daily in his meals (The Honest Kitchen and Stella & Chewys) I should get some probiotics too.

Question on the probiotics: Are these the kind that humans take? How do you calculate how much to give a 26lb dog?

UPDATE: I received an email reply from Lawrence that this is the same kind of probiotics that humans take that you can buy from Rite Aid. You can’t overdose on it. There is also this very helpful footbath video:

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leslie  |  August 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I’m glad you have a link to Dr. Becker. She has lots of fabulous holistic options for dogs, be sure to subscribe to her email updates!

    • 2. lili  |  August 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      I will. Thanks, Leslie! I have only just been introduced to Dr Becker’s videos. Boogie had his first iodine foot bath yesterday. I think he liked it, actually 🙂

  • 3. teresavet  |  August 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    To dilute the clorhexidine, 1 part clorhexidine 9 parts of water. It gets really diluted, but it’s how it works best. Its’ the proportion we use in the clinics to treat open wounds.
    Be sure to investigate if Boogie has food allergies. They give lots of skin problems.

    • 4. lili  |  August 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you,Teresa! I was recently told that potatoes (or sweet potatoes) could be a problem. Are you familiar with this?

  • 5. Susan  |  June 7, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Hi. I know this was posted years ago but how is Boogie doing? Is he still on the same regimen? Does he still take the Immune System support? I ask because it was recommended to me but it is so expensive, Im wondering if this is a long term thing to habe to take? I was also recommended omega 3, probiotic and duoxo shampoo, along with food, its ridiculous. Are you doing any kind of maintenence for his skin etc? Thank you!

  • 6. zheliez  |  July 16, 2014 at 1:57 am

    THANKS SOO MUCH, MY DOBERMAN HAS THE SAME PROBLEM, i want to give her probiotics on top of the chlorhexidine she has, does anyone know which strains of probiotics i should give? Can i give her yogurt?

  • 7. Amanda  |  January 29, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I know this article is from 3 years ago but my dog has had the same skin problems for going on 3 years. I feel like she has taken way too many antibiotics and prednisone and I want to stop all that. So I ordered probiotics and Chlorhexidine spray and shampoo. Just wondering now if it really helped boogie or not?

  • 8. Samala  |  April 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Just one more comment of thanks for the post. My chocolate lab is 5 and has skin allergies, same symptoms and conditions and the ketoconazole/prednisone/antibiotic regimen we have been doing just seems so extreme. He already uses a chlorhex solution for teeth so the Duoxo spray seemed like a brilliant idea and it has definitely helped!

    On a side note – I wonder if people do a whole-house inventory of potential allergens. I have autoimmune skin issues myself (psoriasis, eczema) so my home is very “free & clear” and I dont use anything with dyes or perfumes (not for anything, including dishes, laundry, personal care, cleaning supplies, bug repellants/sprays, or carpets) and try to keep everything paraben free too. When I started doing this for myself it did seem to help my dog as well. Outdoor allergens seem unavoidable but it seems to me we should all consider the indoor allergens too.


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