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Old 11-16-2008, 12:12 PM   #211
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It's kind of interesting because we'd never trim a Collie's ear hair - it just doesn't get long at all. So I wonder what breed Coke picked that up from.
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:48 PM   #212
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It's kind of interesting because we'd never trim a Collie's ear hair - it just doesn't get long at all. So I wonder what breed Coke picked that up from.
No idea. Not from the Chow Chow either. His mom looked Collie mix or Aussie mix, so perhaps the father was a Chow mix. Coke's coloring and head are sort of Gordon Setter-ish, and that would give him the long stringy ears, but I've never seen a Gordon Setter besides at a show, not one of those breeds that are running on the streets breeding with other dogs.
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i just recently got back from the vet's for gracie's second round of vaccinations. She got her second distemper/parvo combo and a shot for lyme disease (i figured this was a good idea considering that there are woods around here), fecal test (came back negative). I weighed her on the scale and she is a whooping 14.2 lbs! I can't believe how big she has gotten.. She was 8.2 lbs at 6wks!
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Liesje--I am so glad to read that you caught your pupper in time! I see rat poison ingestions all the time at my work, nasty stuff.

Since I'm a proud furbaby momma too, here's my little one to share. Meko
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Nice to see you in here! Are you a vet tech? If so I have a question...
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I'm in school for it now If I don't know the answer, I can definetly try and find out for you.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:49 PM   #218
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OK, thank! My Kenya had a terrible staph infection (well, a reaction that turned into an allergic reaction to staph) all over her belly and chest (picture here). She was on 500mg cephlex three times a day for two weeks. After two weeks, the infection appeared clear. There was some dark discoloration of the skin, but the red inflammation was gone, sores were gone, and scabbing was pretty much gone. However, the cephlex left her with a nasty yeast infection in her ears. I have Mometamax at home, so I've been treating the yeast in her ears with that and giving her yogurt. That is basically cleared up now. But a few days ago I rolled her to check her belly and found two tiny spots, like little zits. That's kinda how the staph thing started, so I was really worried. Someone told me that you can also use the Mometamax to spot-treat those staph pustules, so for the past few days I've been putting a dab on them. I *think* it's actually doing the trick, but (this is finally my question, lol) after I apply it I catch her licking at it. I apply it and keep her on her side for a minute, but once she's up I think she eventually licks at it. I'm applying maybe a pea-sized drop. Is it bad for her to ingest a little of it?

I haven't called the vet, they just say "bring her in" and then charge me for medicine I already have at home. I've been to the vet every other week for the past few months, lol.
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It would make sense that the staph infection could possibly be back. (I'm at work right now actually, so I can't see the pictures) They do have a tendency to reoccur, especially if the immune system is compromised like it would be from the ear problems. The Mometamax can help some, since it's a broad spectrum anitbiotic. It is not toxic if a small amount of it is ingested from licking it. I would be sure to clean her tummy a couple times a day with something with anitmicrobiobial properties. You can buy Chlorhexine soap at CVS very inexpensively. There can be a chance that she may need some oral antibiotics though if it doesn't clear up on its own--sometimes staph can be downright obnoxious and be medicinally resistant. HTH!
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Yeah they said there was a chance cephlex would not work. I've heard of other people using 1000mg for a month so maybe my vet just needs to dose more aggressively. I was hoping if these two spots are staph, I could "kill" it topically before it becomes the rash she had before.

I'll look into that soap. Perhaps I will take her to Chow Hound and do the entire area (they have professional grooming stations that I use). She needs a bath but I've been holding off, not wanting to add any moisture to the area.
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Medicinally resistant staph was the reason why the only declawed dog I've ever seen had been declawed--chronic, severe staph infections of the nail bed that didn't respond enough to medication to prevent an ongoing gangrene-like condition.
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Liesje--I am so glad to read that you caught your pupper in time! I see rat poison ingestions all the time at my work, nasty stuff.

Since I'm a proud furbaby momma too, here's my little one to share. Meko
I'm not a fan of chiuauas, but he/she is adorable and what a beautiful color!!!
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a couple of recent shots of Gracie







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Haha how are those stuffies still intact!!?!?
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