Species: Dog Breed: Germin Wirehaired po Age: 1-2 years
My dog has had open sores on his ears, neck and back. They start as bumps and then he scratches them and they open then becoming similar to hot spots. Large scabbed lesions. Some may have opened on there own. He was put on cephalexin buy our vet for 2 weeks administered twice a day. It almost cleared it all up but with in a week he has gotten some bumps back on his neck and head and one has opened again (possibly from scratching). I don`t think the antibiotic treatment was done long enough.
We have started using shampoo with teatree oil in it to help keep him clean. He gets a bath once a week right now.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Yuri and Grady
Dr. Marie replied:
Many skin infections need 4, 6 or even 8 weeks of antibiotics to clear up.
It sounds like your gut impression is correct and Grady may need a longer course of antibiotics.
Your vet may be willing to prescribe more without seeing Grady.
There really is nothing other than oral antibiotics or an injection called convenia that will help if this is infection. Teatree oil and shampoos may help the itch a little bit but they won't clear up the infection.
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