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Recurring Dog Skin Rash Even After 3 Rounds Antibiotics

by Ashley
(Sacramento, CA)

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Our dog has this rash that keeps coming back, even after three treatments of antibiotics. It started off in his thighs and was responsive to anti-fungal cream and went away.

It came back and got worse, so we took him to the vet, where they gave him a steroid for the rash (thought it was fungal) and an antibiotic as he had a secondary staph infection. It cleared up completely and then came back about 2 weeks later.

We went back to the vet, received an antibiotic as it was not fungal after running a culture and being tested. After we completed the treatment, it came back again and we did third round of antibiotics. It came back for a fourth time and we tried apple cider vinegar which worked at first but now has come back with a vengeance and is spreading.

The darkest spots are scabs, but are not bleeding. It seems to itch as he wants to lick and scratch it.

I have two sets of pictures, the first from Friday, Jan. 17th and then the second set from this evening.

The rash is not hot to touch, it does not smell.

He is a 3.5 year old Weimaraner who is primarily indoors and has not been exposed to any other grass but normal backyard grass.

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Jan 22, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Recurring Dog Skin Rash Even After 3 Rounds of Antibiotics
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

January 21, 2014

Hi Ashley,

First, you must add acidophilus to your dog's food to replenish all of the 'good' bacteria that have been killed off from giving him 3 rounds of antibiotics. (The dose is by body weight. If he is about 1/2 the size of a human, then he would take 1/2 the dose written on the bottle.)

Next, use Aloe vera juice, (the kind that you drink, and is kept refrigerated), in a pump spray bottle to spray on the lesions, 2-3 times daily. This will help to soothe the skin, and decrease itching. It will not be greasy or sticky, and will allow the skin to 'breathe'.

Make him wear a pair of men's cotton boxer shorts, with his tail exiting the 'fly'. This will prevent him from licking/chewing the area and causing more redness. (Take the shorts off when he needs to urinate or defecate.) Otherwise, they should stay on him 24/7, (except when you spray on the aloe vera), and especially, keep them on at night.

Give him the homeopathic remedy, Psorinum 6C,

either dry pellet by mouth 2 times daily, (do not touch the pellet with your fingers), or dissolve one pellet in Spring Water in 2 oz glass dropper bottle, and 'succuss' or shake the bottle 20 times by hitting it against the palm of your hand before each dose. Give him 1/2 dropperful by mouth two times daily.

Gradually transition him to a raw diet, unless that is what he is already eating. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options,, and DO NOT feed him dry dog food. His body needs moisture for healthy skin, and DRY DOG food will not help him heal. Check out Primal, Bravo!, Nature's Variety, Darwin's, etc.

NO Vaccinations!! If a vaccine is what triggered this skin eruption, then he may need a different set of homeopathic remedies to address 'vaccinosis'. A condition set up in an individual making them more susceptible to disease/chronic illness.

He should have one of the following to help boost his immune system:

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

For more detailed individualized prescribing of a homeopathic remedy, a holistic veterinarian should be consulted.

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

Hopefully, these few suggestions will get you started on the right track.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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