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Old 06-30-2010, 08:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Gosh Stacy, I am so sorry to hear this about your beautiful Caira. She looks so uncomfortable and I am sure you are feeling just as badly for her. I think you may have hit on something there with the hormonal issue though I am just guessing. In any case, I hope the Vet finds out as soon as possible the reason for this poor darlings skin problem. Give her hugs and kisses from me please. Oh, and I am sending you a hug too.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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OMG! I am so very, very sorry to hear this. I can imagine how difficult this is for both of you.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Have they biopsied any of the lesions? Tried any antihistamines or anything for inhalant allergies? I assume the dermatologist did a skin scraping... I would give them a call and let them know it's getting worse. I've seen forms of pemphigus look like this but that needs a biopsy.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Stacy,

I'm so sorry to hear about Caira's skin problems. Harry
had a staph skin infection a few months ago and Marj
told me to use Clearasil on Harry's lesions.... and it
worked. The vet had also given me antibiotics and
chlorhexadine shampoo. The combination of all 3 things
worked for him, but I think the Clearasil did the trick. I
asked the vet about it and he said that using Clearasil
made sense.

I don't know how to put in links to previous threads, but
if you search SM for "Clearasil", the threads that I started
about Harry's infection come up.

I feel so bad for your little girl. Good luck.

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Oh Stacy that has to be miserable for her. It made me want to cry just looking at her. Bless her heart and yours. I hope you get this figured out soon and have Caira back to her happy beautiful self.
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I'm sorry that poor Caira is so uncomfortable and unwell - I really hope that something improves soon for you both!

It looks very painful!

I would probably be taking her back if it was getting worse - or calling the vet and saying it's getting worse.
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OMG, Stacy, this is sooooooooooooooooo much worse than I had imagined when you first mentioned it to me. Poor, poor, poor, sweet little Caira. I would do what Jaimie suggested about the biopsy, but I would also use Aloe for the open sores. Get the kind that is a green gooey gel for sunburns. I think it's made by Banana something or other. Anyway, rub the Aloe gel on her open sores at least 3 times a day. I've had luck using that for hot spots and such and if she's already wearing the cone, it will be fine, because they seem to lick the Aloe.

My heart is breaking just looking at the little sweetheart. No wonder she wants to dig her eyes out. She looks just miserable.

Prayers being sent that you get an answer soon and something that will provide relief for Caira.
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Stacy,

I'm so sorry to hear about Caira's skin problems. Harry
had a staph skin infection a few months ago and Marj
told me to use Clearasil on Harry's lesions.... and it
worked. The vet had also given me antibiotics and
chlorhexadine shampoo. The combination of all 3 things
worked for him, but I think the Clearasil did the trick. I
asked the vet about it and he said that using Clearasil
made sense.

I don't know how to put in links to previous threads, but
if you search SM for "Clearasil", the threads that I started
about Harry's infection come up.

I feel so bad for your little girl. Good luck.

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Lady has battled staph infections for a couple of years now. In her case, it's her weak autoimmune system from her diabetes.

Clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) works amazingly well. I know Deb took my advice and used it on her Lulu after antibiotics didn't clear up her staph.

LOOK AT MY LULU!!!

Benzoyl peroxide shampoo is also more effective on staph than chlorhexidene.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Poor Caira!!! My goodness how uncomfortable she must be!!! And how upset and frustrated you must be trying to help her.

Dr. Jaime is so sweet to chime in with some suggestions maybe they will help.

I agree with Suzan, on the meat with rice for a couple weeks and coconut oil on the lesions. The only change I might make is to give coconut oil internally as well. Neither should make it worse. Talk to the vet to make sure he/she knows what is going on and that it wouldn't harm Caira's current treatment.

I have also read that adding vitamin C to a dogs diet can help strengthen their immune system so that might be something to think and talk to the vet about.

The more you can strengthen Caira's immune system the easier it will be for the Vet to help her fight this off.

Prayers for Caira, her veterinarian and you. Get better soon little girl!!
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Stacy - I'm so sorry for what Caira's going through. Here you've been going to all these shows and as busy as can be and have the worry of Caira's condition weighing on you. I can't imagine how helpless you must feel. I'm hoping that some of the suggestions others here gave might work.

One of my friend's Maltese had a horrible skin problem and was put on steroids, antihistamine and some sort of valium type med for dogs since he was making himself crazy with the itching. I'm not a big med person, so I wouldn't really go that route but it worked for them. I've done a lot of work with food allergies in kids and some of them have such bad eczema that they have scratched their skin until it bleeds. Vanicreme is a company that makes several skin products that the Drs. at Mt. Sinai in NY rave about. I'm not sure if it could help pets, but you can check it online. I've ordered the skin cream from Drugstore.com. and I use it myself.
Good luck in finding something that will help. Poor little Caira looks so sweet. I hate to see her go through this.
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