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My dog Duke gets frequent skin staph infections, can anyone recommend a food or supplement or maybe grooming tips to help prevent these?
 

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Staph is a normal bacteria on skin. It becomes an issue when there are breaks in the skin.

What tools are you using for grooming? You want to make sure that any brush and comb you use do not have sharp points on them. This applies to metal and plastic tools.
I use a rake, a widetooth metal comb and a human brush with little balls on the ends. And I clean them between use.
I would avoid using a razor as they are known to irritate the skin- which is actually microscopic cuts.
What type of shampoo do you use? We use oatmeal or a baby shampoo - gentle on the skin.

Any allergies that would cause him to chew on his skin? Those would need to be addressed as any open wound will be fair game for staph to enter.

As for supplements, does he have dry skin? Otherwise heathy?

I hope this helps. Good luck.
 

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My Cody had AIHA ( an autoimmune anemia) and as a side issue had terrible staph infections. Of course, he would go thru rounds of antibiotics, but a real life saver (literally) was the Eqyss Micro-Tek shampoo. I used it several times a week and it was miraculous. It is still the only shampoo I use on my crew. You can read about it or order here. www.eqyss.com It's great for any skin issue.
 

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If you're talking about hot spots, then an allergen in the food (usually a major protein source) is a possible culprit. Also, dogs with low thyroid values often have allergies and skin issues as a side effect. Have you had a full thyroid panel done at the vet?
 

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Yes, hot spots and staph infections are two separate problems, although staph is possible in any open wound. What we always had with staph was scabby, sometimes ***** small sores ( and Cody would have many at once)...... nothing like the open red sores I've seen with hot spots.
 

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My Cody had AIHA ( an autoimmune anemia) and as a side issue had terrible staph infections. Of course, he would go thru rounds of antibiotics, but a real life saver (literally) was the Eqyss Micro-Tek shampoo. I used it several times a week and it was miraculous. It is still the only shampoo I use on my crew. You can read about it or order here. www.eqyss.com It's great for any skin issue.
Seriously, Betty has the best advice here. Abby fought staph because of her allergies for years. Now I have the big spray bottle of Microtek and I say "Abby, want your tummy sprayed?" and she lays down, rolls over and closes her eyes in bliss. Try it and good luck!
 
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