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Posted by: LP | 2008/10/04

Puppy infection

Hi all

Our 4 month old puppy has been to the vet 3 times now. She bites herself so badly , casuee she is obviously itching, that there are bold patches now. The vet gave her anti-biotics for a week, said its a fungal infection. Didn' t help, went back, gave anti-biotics for another week, helped a bit but she is still itching. We went back again today, he drew blood to run tests.

My friends who also have dogs are saying that dogs should not be given anti-biotics, that is doesn' t work to clear an infection.

Is our vet harming our puppy?

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Dear LP

A puppy of 4 months are not old enough to have serious skin allergies or food allergies. These normally start from 6 months onwards. There are only a few possibilities: Likely Sarcoptic mange- not always positive on skin scrapes or fleas. If the dog has not been dipped for mange ask the vet for dip and start dipping.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/10/04

Antibiotics DO fight infections, but in some cases it takes a couple of tries to get the exact right antibiotic.

Your anti-antibiotic friends have some strange notions, rather listen to your vet!

The reason your vet drew blood is probably to check exactly which bacteria are involved, so that he can prescribe the specific antibiotic to address this. Don' t blame your vet for not giving the right one immediately - the normal thing is to give a broad-spectrum (a sort of multi-purpose) one first - usually this works, but occasionally it doesn' t. It' s not the vet' s fault - and the vet isn' t harming the puppy.

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