Originally Posted by ginger&diego
why do so many say the gold bond powder keeps them from going to the vet. I used it and it helped but i still had to take him in because the licking and scratching never ended. doesn't that just prolong the problem. he ended up having staph, a bacterial infection which they say is not contagious to humans. they think he may have some allergies and said i could do the allergy testing but the shots aren't guaranteed to help, so at this point he is just on the usual medicine. so what is the gold bond useful for if you have to end up going to the vet anyway. a frustrated 1st time dog owner just wondering-tired of throwing money out the window.
It is important to note that this is an internet forum. Nothing more, nothing less. Suggestions are made based on anecdotal experiences of other pet owners, never with the intent to replace veterinary care. Gold Bond, at a few dollars for a container, is useful to have on hand for any number of ailments - human and pet related. But again, it is not necessarily going to be a curative for underlying health or genetic issues. Taking your pet to the veterinarian if s/he is unwell is, IMO, NEVER a waste of money, nor is the few dollars spent on some OTC preparations that may make him more comfortable at some time in his or her life.