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Our Daisy May has recently gotten a bacterial skin infection. She's constantly itching and has started to develop small sores and scabs from all her scratching. We got her to our vet shortly after we noticed, who diagnosed her with the infection. He gave us a medicated shampoo with benzoyl peroxide to use twice a week and a dietary supplement we use once a day that contains fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. We're supposed to follow this procedure for 7 days and then back for a follow up visit.

He mentioned he could give her a shot which would help stop the itching, but the infection could come back stronger in a month and be something she'd have to fight indefinitely.

After talking to other Golden owners, we've heard that she should be antibiotics and that the infection could be pretty serious. Letting her 'naturally' beat this is a risk we shouldn't be taking because if it spreads it could cause permanent coat damage. And she's got such a beautiful red coat!

I have to say that we really like him and he's fantastic with her during our visits and we've been seeing him since she was 8 months old (she's almost 2 yrs old now). This is certainly something we'll discuss with him during our next visit, especially if it hasn't gotten better, but I just wanted to hear from anyone else who's experienced skin infections with their Goldens and hear people's thoughts about going holistic vs using medicine...specifically an antibiotic in our case.

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Does your vet not prescribe antibiotics in general or is it just this time?

I'd rather be safe than sorry so I would use an antibiotic in addition to the shampoo. If you are going to stay with the shampoo only I'd recommend bathing her every other day for the next week since that is the only treatment.

My old guy got a skin infection last october. I took him to the vet's 4 times that month, but they could not get it under control. He ended up with a huge mass of infection on his chest. it was so severe they sent him to an oncologist because they thought it was a mast cell tumor. She put him on a different and stronger antibiotic and recommended I use a medicated shampoo and it finally healed up.
It cost me big bucks though.

Do NOT let this go. If she does not show signs of improvement in a couple of days, take her back in and get a recheck. It can truly get really ugly really quickly.


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Thank you! We are going to see if this next bath has a significant improvement, if not we are going to take her back in...it's just too risky not to.
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I can really relate. Copper is fighting one right now and has been for 3 weeks. That's with medicated shampoo and antibiotics. He is on his second type of antibiotic.
He had his spleen removed a year and a half ago and his immune system is compromised so everything is a struggle.

You can give her benedryl to help with the itching and it might sedate her a little as well. If she is really itchy, sedation is a good thing.
I hope this clears up quickly.


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