Sore on Dog's Nose
by Gus K.
About 6 months ago I noticed a crack on the front edge of my dog's nose, but it didn't seem to bother him at all. After about a month, though, it started getting quite red -- but it still didn't seem to bother him at all.
After another month or so I took him to the vet and the doctor thought it was probably a staph aureus infection and prescribed Keflex for it, though she did not culture it.
Meanwhile, I developed a sore on my shin and my doctor took a culture. It turned out to be staph aureus, so it looks like my dog and I shared the infection. I took two courses of clindamycin to clear it up.
My dog's nose looked a lot better after two 10-day courses of Keflex -- but the infection never quite cleared up. He then got two 10-day courses of clindamycin and again it seemed a lot better, but not 100% clear. Now it appears to be coming back and spreading a bit to the top of his nose, so yesterday I started dabbing it a bit with peroxide to see if that would help. I'm hoping it might, but don't know if I should continue with the peroxide.
I can get a photo if you need one.
I need to get this cleared up, since I don't want to get it again myself. I'm using exam gloves and lots of Germ-X on my hands.
My dog is a 13 year old male chocolate lab.
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