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Persistent staph. infection

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Nellybelly, Jun 25, 2015.


  1. Nellybelly

    Nellybelly PetForums VIP

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    A friend of mine has an 11 year old male labrador, who has been suffering from a staph infection in his front paws for over a year (we suspect), confirmed past 2 months.
    He has been treated with antibiotics for over 2 months, and the staph infection (specifically s. auricularis) is still present according to the latest laboratory results that came out yesterday.

    The dog has been treated with antibiotics: Marbofloxacin for 2 weeks, Ciproflaxin for 20 days, and back on Marbofloxacin which is he is still on.

    Brief history:
    He was neutered 3 months ago after diagnosis of chronic prostatitis, which has since resolved.
    FHO (femoral head osteotomy) surgery last year.
    Also, the dog has2 bullets in his body, which were found by chanceby chance in x-rays taken 1.5 years ago. We do not know how long they have been there. He is a rescue.
    And lastly, just over a year ago his left front paw (which is the most painful for him) was lanced to drain a cyst. Prior to this, the dog had not suffered from any skin problems on his paws. Since this time, his paws have never been right, despite having been on these antibiotics for 2 months (which are the ones indicated by the antibiogram).

    Any ideas why this infection is now going away? Anything we should test for?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    there is a condition called interdigital furunculosis often reffered to as interdigital cysts although the actual lesions are usually not cysts as such. Some breeds are more prone to the condition then others interestingly the Labrador is one of them. This condition is caused by deep bacterial infection too. Sometimes it can be an isolated case set off by a foreign body like a grass seed. if it affects more then one paw and is constant, then in certain breeds including the lab its often caused by hairs being forced back into the follicles, best way to describe it I can think of is probably ingrowing hair. The keratin which hair is, is then inflammatory, you then get secondary bacterial infection as well and that then sets up an ongoing problem and circle of inflammation and infection. Other causes can be demodex mites that live in the hair follicles that sets it off, or dermatitis.
    If there is an underlying cause that has to be treated too, but the deep bacterial infection is usually treated with a mix of long term oral antibiotics and topical treatment like antbiotic ointment and foot soaks in chlorexhidine which is basically surgical scrub like hibiscrub or vetasept just different brand names.

    Have a look at the link there is lots more info on the subject on there. including a small pic of the sort of lesions you get that can form. The condition is very painful too and causes lameness.

    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/i...is/overview_of_interdigital_furunculosis.html
     
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    Nellybelly PetForums VIP

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    Thanks a million for this. The dog will be going to the vet again this afternoon, and I will let you know how they get on.
     
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