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I am so sorry but your original question did not come through. It just states, "what I mentioned, cleaned with shampoo..."
Could you please restate what the issue is with Ruby? Thank you for your patience!
It sounds like she might have a hot spot. Unfortunately hot spots thrive on moisture and the olive oil likely exacerbated things
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I do tend to see this 1.) Most commonly in labs, 2.) on the cheek where you mentioned this is located
The treatment for these is going to be to shave the hair around the area to healthy tissue. Often this requires a vet visit because the pain and discomfort of the area and to remove the dead/ dying tissue and matted hair
Then using an antibiotic shampoo daily to twice daily with ten minutes contact time to reduce the infection
Often antibiotics and even steroids are needed to treat these inflammatory responses because they can be quite severe
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Sounds like you have a Lab! The information you have provided (not all of it but some) is exactly like another Labrador that came in with the same signs last week
Doing better now, with the medicated shampoo and antibiotics along with antihistamines
On a scale of one to ten, ten being the most itchy where would you put her discomfort?
OK, not too bad.
Do you have benadryl at home? If so what mg and how much does she weigh?
Do you have an oatmeal-based shampoo? Or a previously dispensed medicated shampoo?
Which mg benadryl? Adult 25 mg?
Which medicated shampoo do you have?
OK great thank you
OK, I would give THREE 25 mg benadryl (1 mg/ pound) every 8 hours for the itchiness
The doxycycline and azithromycin are not effective for this type of infection
And I don't like putting topicals on a hot spot because it traps in moisture and causes it to get bigger
I am not sure what that is, I can look it up if you have a moment
It appears there are quite a variety of them, can you give me more information?
Do you have an oatmeal-based dog shampoo or ivory soap?
The more mild soaps/ shampoos are best. Oatmeal-based dog shampoo is mild and it soothes the skin as well
10 minute contact time before rinsing
But it is critical to shave the area (if you have clippers otherwise you need to get her to your vet) to remove the matted hair and stimulate healing.
Also, commonly these do require antibiotics, cephalexin or keflex to heal
It is pretty painful to clip, I concur having them shave it doesn't allow you to be the bad guy too
But for now you can give the benadryl to keep her comfortable
Apply the shampoo you do have to the area and leave it on 10 minutes then rinse it off until you are able to get in (twice daily)
No ointments/ salves on it until your vet evaluates it
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