Dog with skin rash, reoccurring UTI's and prone to bladder stones
by The Vayns
My spayed 8 yr old Havanese has been on antibiotics for a large part of the past year. She first started having very localized skin rashes about two years ago and would have occasional flair ups and was prescribed antibiotics for that. She would also have UTI's at least once a year and would also be given antibiotics for this.
Nevertheless, last year in March she had bladder stones removed and since then the skin rashes have been appearing more frequently and so have the UTI's. She has a foul fishy smelling urine and the rashes first appeared on her belly and genitals and now are all over her back and chest too.
They first start off as a localized small raised bump and grow with liquid inside which eventually hardens, crusts and flakes off leaving either raw skin underneath or darkened skin. Before the rashes just seemed to be oily and a bit like caked raised skin. This new rash is flaky and dry.
She also developed a sebaceous cyst on her neck that has been growing and when you press it, fat comes out (lots of it).
She is constantly licking her genitals and paws.
She has been on so much antibiotics in the past year that the regular 2-3 week courses no longer work. Before the stone removal she was eating dry wellness dog food and afterwards Hill's/science diet CD.
I want to know how to best approach this holistically but due to so many issues going on, I am not sure where to start.
What should I feed her? Raw food? Wet food?
I also don't mind cooking if I knew what to include and not include.
She weighs 12 lbs but should be weighing 9-10lbs.
I also am not sure what should I be bathing her with that will soothe her skin. Also, should I give her supplements?
Thank you in advance for all guidance and help.
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