Hi Dr Salkin:
You helped us before so I was hoping you could again.
My dog 9 year old Maltese
, Babie, has a rash that started about a week ago. At start it began as an itch, but as of the past 3-4 days she has begun licking
the areas she can reach a lot. I took her to a doctor at MSPCA Angell Memorial in Boston today and I was told that the area in question could be from allergies, fleas, mites or environmental -- great... that does not narrow it down. The doctor prescribed antibiotic-Cephalexin
250mg oral suspension taken twice daily for 21 days! Also, a medicated shampoo-Malaseb, to be used twice weekly. The doctor used tape to collect a sample from an infected area and looked at it under the microscope to see if "yeast" was present; it was not. I requested blood work as well but did not get the results as of yet.
My concern is I don't want to subject my dog to antibiotics unless necessary, not "just incase". I have pics that I can share but any information on this would be appreicated.
Currently in the past 3 hours she is not licking the area like she has the past few days.
Other information that may help:
* She is sleeping comfortably
* She is eaten regularly
* She is going to the bathroom normally
* She is not showing any signs of distress including lethargy, stomach
distress or inactivity
I have trimmed the hair in the area of her stomach and front legs
aka the infected area.
There does not appear to be any oozing or broken skin but rather looks more like a rash with some white raise areas...hopefully I caught it early enough.
Lastly, I wonder if she came into contact with some lawn chemicals that she is reacting to as people in my area are always fussing with their lawn/grass. I am defiantely concerned about that as well.
I can be reached my cell phone:(###) ###-####or***@******.*** if you would prefer to video... thanks in advance
Jerrie Spencer and Babie