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Staph and shaving

Discussion in 'Grooming' started by Brigabart, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Brigabart

    Brigabart Forums Novice

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    So... I have a young sheltie. Two years. We have been dealing with a recent diagnosis of elbow dysplasia. Then a couple of weeks ago she broke out in blisters, maybe 30-40, this size of a large pea. Especially in her chest and under the front legs, but they were all over. She was diagnosed with a systemic staph infection and put on two weeks of antibiotics. It cleared up and the last scabs came off three days ago. Yesterday I noticed new blisters appearing, and this time they seem sore. She's never been itchy throughout this ordeal. So, we will probably be doing some more testing to see what is going on.
    So with all that, I'm wondering about shaving. I'm not jumping into it. We will wait until after we figure this out. But I can see that her hair is hot and messy where the blisters pop. And it holds the scabs in next to her skin. I am aware that the general consensus is to never shave a sheltie, that this will take away the protection provided by her coat, that her coat may not grow back the same and will take a long time to do so. And she won't be beautiful. But right now, I'm wondering. Poor girl is on a ton of supplements to keep her elbows lubricated, limps when cold fronts come through, really I'm just glad we still have her. She's a therapy dog and visits the VA hospital in a baby carriage to keep the wear down on that elbow. Any thoughts on this perhaps being a case where, if this is an issue with her immune system and it keeps coming back, it might be best to keep her in a puppy cut? The vet is concerned about her immune system because she's not an itchy dog.... This infection just appeared out of no where.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Forums Enthusiast

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    Have you considered that she may be having an allergic reaction to something? Is she on any new meds for her elbow or have you changed anything in the house recently that may be causing this?
    On a side note have you tried green lipped mussel for her elbow? It's got glucosamine and chondroitin in it and helps reduce inflammation and helps to alleviate pain, very effective...my boy injured his shoulder and it helped more than a cortisone shot did.
     
  3. Brigabart

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    Yes all very good suggestions! She is indeed on green lipped mussel. We had not changed anything in her life before this happened.... She had been on her supplements for three months. No change in food or shampoo. We are super careful about what we change since we have kids with some pretty big allergies and sensitivities. I talked with the vet about seasonal allergies, but the pollen was not out yet with the first outbreak, and she has zero other allergy signs.. no itching, scratching, or red except for the blisters. She seems a bit off to me... More clingy, a bit subdued. Eating fine tho!
     
  4. ghggp

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    Do you think she could have picked up the staph infection at the hospital? I would really not stress her out by taking her places before she is totally cured! Sounds like a specialist should be consulted.

    I would think they would recommend shaving to allow the maximum air flow circulation! Hopefully, the area is minimal that you would need to trim. My boy had a staph infection during the summer on his belly. I had to shave him and he was on antibiotics until it cleared up!
     
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  5. Brigabart

    Brigabart Forums Novice

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    Good point. I was going to take her on Thursday, but we will put that off for now. Not sure how I'd shave minimally lol. She has the most on her chest and inside her front legs. But she also has spots on the fronts of her legs, back of her head, a couple on the backs of her rear legs, one on her ear!!! Poor girlie.
     
  6. Chris

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    "Do you think she could have picked up the staph infection at the hospital? I would really not stress her out by taking her places before she is totally cured!"

    Wow I think that's a brilliant thought.
     
  7. ghggp

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    My brother was in a severe car accident in 1999. He had to have multiple surgeries. One had to be delayed due to an extreme staph infection.
    He was healthy before he ever entered the hospital system. The only conclusion I could come to is he had acquired it at the hospital!
     
  8. Cara Sandler

    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

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    Staph is one of the most frequently occurring nosocomial (hospital acquired) infections. So it's a very real possibility that it was acquired at the hospital. Staph is nothing to mess with! It usually requires long treatments, sometimes with multiple antibiotics, since many strains of staph are resistant to most antibiotics.
     
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  9. ghggp

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    WOW, that is scary!!! "...many strains of staph are resistant to most antibiotics."

    Thanks Cara for the information! I had no idea...
     
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  10. sable

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    Wow what a skin disease to have. That is scary. Hopefully something can be figured out to have
    success.
     

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