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Did the vet do blood work to check her kidney and internal organ function? If that was normal I am thinking the increase in thirst is from the steroids. Increased water consumption is a common side effect.
Eating cat feces is not a symptom because all dogs, including mine, like to do that.
The bumps on the skin is most like likely allergy related. The itching is allergy related as well.
The most common allergens are food, flea saliva, and environmental. The vet can do a blood test to see what she is allergic to. Then she may need to be put on a hypo-allergenic diet, receive allergy shots, or be put on symptomatic treatment.
If the vaginal drainage is colored, and she is spayed, then that is most likely a vaginitis or infection of the vagina. If she has been on two different antibiotics and it has not resolved a culture may need to be done where a sample of the vaginal drainage is sent to the lab and cultured to see what is growing in there and what antibiotics it is sensitive and resistant to.
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So as you probably know, blood work should be done to check her internal organ function and make sure there is not an underlying issue causing her to drink more water. But she could still be drinking more water from the steroids until it has been about 4 weeks since the alst pill.
So a vaginal culture and sensitivity could be done to see what is growing in there and what antibiotics it is sensitive and resistant to.
Canidea All Life Stages dog food is a good food but not hypo-allergenic. A 8 week diet trial with a hypo-allergenic food would have to be done to see if she has food allergies. You have to get the hypo-allergenic diet from a vet. There are no over the counter versions.
If the bumps and itching are allergy related would an antibiotic help that?
Normally what happens when they have allergies is they scratch the skin. The tiny breaks in the skin and the inflammation allows bacteria to enter the skin causing red bumps which would respond to antibiotics. A bacterial infection, secondary to allergic dermatitis or allergic skin inflammation, would respond to antibiotics.
Recurrent skin infections are often due to allergies and the chronic itching and inflammation.
Does that make sense?