My 13 year old golden retriever has seborrhea. The dermatologist believes it is due to long-term prednisone usage (which we are slowly decreasing) for her polyarthritis. The vet initially did not find a bacterial skin infection, but my dog was put on Tetracycline just in case. I took her back for a checkup with the dermatologist and also an internal medicine specialist and they found some bacteria on her skin. She was given Cephalexin - 4 capsules per day - two different sizes. I started the Cephalexin Feb. 25th and she is becoming more lethargic every day and today is refusing to eat. Does she really need to be on both Tetracycline and Cephalexin for a bacterial issue? In addition to the Prednisone, Tetracycline and Cephalexin, she is also on Amantadine, Azathioprine, Phycox, Niacinamide, Pepcid, Tylan and Welactin. Note: She weighs 70 pounds.
Type of Animal: Dog Gender: FemaleAge: 12 Yrs and 10 Months
Hello, I'm Dr. Judy and hopefully I can help you out today. I'm sorry to hear about your girl. Most likely she doesn't need to be on both antibiotics at this time. Based on her clinical signs, I would get her in to the vet ASAP--there may be something else going on with her--I would have them run bloodwork to make sure that her liver and kidneys are functioning properly. Contact her dermatologist and internal medicine specialist to let them know of these new signs. She is on a lot of medications, and without a complete medical record it is hard for me to know what is completely going on with her. She may need supprtive therapy today--fluids, anti-nausea meds, etc. Good luck and contact her vet.
10 years experience: dermatology, infectious diseases, preventative medicine, client education.