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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 13 year old purebred red nose APBT. A year ago I

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I have a 13 year old purebred red nose APBT . A year ago I moved to an apt that was infested with fleas... For the first time in his life (I've always used monthly tropicals) I couldn't get rid of them. It took six months where I did everything including environmental treatments. He ended up with a secondary skin infection. I am on disability from recent back surgery and funds are very limited I've used other antibiotics which helps greatly but didn't eradicate than infection completely I currently have keflex and macrobid will either of these work for him?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Cephalexin (Keflex) is ideal when addressing the usual Staphylococcal pyoderma (bacterial skin infection) in dogs. I dose it at 10 mg/lb twice daily for a minimum of 3-4 weeks and 1 week past clinical signs. Bathing him twice weekly in an antimicrobial shampoo containing either chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide should hasten resolution of the infection. These shampoos can be found over the counter and at his vet hospital. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.