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Old 02-25-2010, 02:40 PM
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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.
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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.
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Gold Bond powder is good for treating hot spots and for managing minor skin irritations -- it's probably not going to be effective for treating more serious skin conditions like a staph infection.

It helps to know what you're dealing with before making a decision about how you're going to deal with it. If I knew that my dog had a staph infection or something that was not a hot spot, I would take her directly to the vet without trying any home remedies. If I knew she had a hot spot, I'd be very comfortable getting out the gold bond and using that before trying anything else.
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Gold Bond powder is good for treating hot spots and for managing minor skin irritations -- it's probably not going to be effective for treating more serious skin conditions like a staph infection.

It helps to know what you're dealing with before making a decision about how you're going to deal with it. If I knew that my dog had a staph infection or something that was not a hot spot, I would take her directly to the vet without trying any home remedies. If I knew she had a hot spot, I'd be very comfortable getting out the gold bond and using that before trying anything else.
Exactly, the Gold Bond powder is not meant to take the place of prescription meds. It's something to keep on hand in your doggy first-aid kit along with Benadryl, styptic powder, Listerine, gauze wraps, etc. Gold Bond can work great on minor skin irritations or hot spots caught early.

Hope your guy's feeling better.
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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.
I do appreciate some of the suggestions in the forum. it's nice to see how others handle things and what they use especially since i'm a first time dog owner. and i do love my dogs and do take them to the vet(lately quite often). and in the reality of the economy that we live in, yes, at times i do feel like i'm throwing money out the window, esp. during moments when i'm spending more on my dogs than my kids. i always take them to the vet when they are unwell & never implied it was a waste just that it was a frustration-nothing more, nothing less.
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Exactly, the Gold Bond powder is not meant to take the place of prescription meds. It's something to keep on hand in your doggy first-aid kit along with Benadryl, styptic powder, Listerine, gauze wraps, etc. Gold Bond can work great on minor skin irritations or hot spots caught early.

Hope your guy's feeling better.
thankyou for your concern. i took him to the vet and she put him on meds and her suggestion was to pull up any hay out of the yard since this is his first time having problems in the winter and to try switching his food-so i'm going to try the avoderm and see how that goes.
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