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Sorry to hear about Kula's sore skin! Since he has fleas, I suspect he has a skin infection due to an allergy to the flea bites.
I have never been able to full get rid of his flea problem since moving from Springfield, MO back near Springfield, IL
I have tried EVERYTHING
If the sores are oozing and red, then he will need some oral antibiotics prescribed by your vet to clear them up. Is Kula still scratching a lot? What did you use to treat the bedding and carpets? When did he get his bath and the Frontline? How often do you apply Frontline? Do you have any other pets?
I have a cat, but she doesn't seem to scratch or gnaw at herself other than usual cleaning. He gets frontline every month
Are you applying Frontline to the cat, too?
I used an aerosol to treat the bedding and carpets, which may not be the best choice
yes...frontline to the cat as well
I am more concerned about his sudden lack of energy
he has always been hyper
never been neutered
I gave him the flea bath 2 nights ago and he has not been active since then. or wanted to eat
Have you given him any other medication, like benadryl?
no, nothing like that
Skin infections can be painful, which is likely why Kula is lethargic. What was the ingredient in the flea bath?
most of his skin irritation has always been around his hind quarters
it appears this flea bath irritated the area around his neck
I don't have the bottle handy at the moment
the one sore on the right side of his face, under his ear was so irritated when I got home from church today that it was oozing so
I trimmed the hair away from that area and applied some antibiotic cream
I don't like flea baths, actually, because of the harsh ingredients involved. They also aren't very effective--as soon as the dog dries the fleas can hop back on. So since this is a new, irritated area, I wonder if Kula is having some reaction to the shampoo or if there was some not completely rinsed out. Have you seen a "hot spot" before? It is starting to sound like that might be Kula's problem
he has had an occasional hot spot
A hot spot is a very red, inflammed, oozing area of hair loss/skin infection that comes on quickly. It is pretty common in Golden's and often under the ear, so that may be the problem now.
and I had actually wondered if perhaps some of the shampoo didn't get rinsed out completely
It can be due to allergies or to a contact irritant. Trimming the fur from the area was a perfect thing to do. Is he trying to scratch at it at all?
not at that spot just yet, but he would have a hard time reaching it
what is your recommendation?
I recommend plopping him back in the tub and rinsing that whole area (maybe not his whole body--I'll leave that up to you!) with warm water. If you have a sprayer on the tub, use that to gently flush/spray the irritated skin to get it nice and clean.
what should I apply to the irritated areas?
Almost all hot spots require oral antibiotics to clear up and sometimes steroids, if the dog is really painful or scratching at the area. So I would plan on taking him to your regular vet tomorrow.
will do and one other question for you
Do you have any hydrocortisone sprays or something like Bactine (with lidocaine)? I prefer sprays to ointments as ointments tend to be more greasy and keep the area moist.
I do, actually
Would you like my recommendations for flea control?
let me get up real quick and I will tell you what spray I have
I was going to ask about capstar
Capstar is very effective, but it only kills adult fleas for 24 hours. I often prescribe it for the first 2 days while I'm starting treatment with a topical flea preventative. There are better oral products available for more long-term kills.
I have "vetericyn" hot spot spray and I also have "excel" brand hydrocortisone spray
I would use the Vetericyn spray, particularly since it was prescribed for the last hot spot! : )
ok...do you find oral or topical the most affective for the fleas?
maybe I should just ask you what my entire plan of attack should be for the fleas
I think both types of products have their place. I like Frontline Plus, but if it doesn't seem to be working (and you've used it religiously on all the animals in the house every month for at least 3 months), then I would look into some other products. Vectra is another topical (only through vets) that is effective. There are also monthly oral medications (Comfortis), sometimes combined with heartworm preventative (like Trifexis), that are very effective against fleas. Vectra comes in a cat-form, too, but it won't protect against ticks in cats...if that is an issue for you.
I would NOT give any flea baths or use flea collars or dips. They just aren't effective. Just go with the topical (or oral) product and then treat the environment.
Do you have carpets in your house?
only in 2 rooms thank God
OK, for the carpets, get some Mule Team Borax. It is a dry laundry detergent you should be able to find almost anywhere. Sprinkle it liberally on the carpets, then work it into the fibers with a stiff-backed broom. Then vacuum. This will help dry up emerging larvae. Be sure to throw the vacuum cleaner bag away or wash the canister thoroughly in hot, soapy water.
For the other floors, use really hot water (one of those Shark steam cleaners is good) at least weekly. Wash ALL bedding that the pets lay on in as hot of water as possible, with bleach, if possible. If there are dog beds that can't be washed, get rid of them. Wash bedding at least weekly, vacuum weekly, and keep the animals on a preventative.
thank you for all your help
the peace of mind alone is worth the fee
I hope it helps! Fleas are a pain in the rear, for sure!
thank you again for everything
I happen to be on vacation this week
perfect time to do all of the flea game plan