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@trapperweasel The big collar is a 5cm/2" “juicy strip” from K9 Crew!

@trapperweasel The big collar is a 5cm/2" “juicy strip” from K9 Crew!

A cute female dog was being very nice to Floyd today, using polite body language; loose face, slowly…

A cute female dog was being very nice to Floyd today, using polite body language; loose face, slowly wagging tail, turning her head, following at a distance. Really just trying hard to get him to play with her, and he just decided that he likes to slap and punch and this girl is NO FUN. He’s got clueless body language (head up, tail wagging, drooling, and then a VERY SUDDEN bolt in a random direction).

Oh well, guess dog playdates are mostly off the table, lol.

@trapperweasel The little meaty bricks in the packages are Heartgard treats (:

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The little meaty bricks in the packages are Heartgard treats (:

$402.24 later….More simplicef, ear cleaner, ear antibiotics, Bravecto, Heartgard My coworker…

$402.24 later….

More simplicef, ear cleaner, ear antibiotics, Bravecto, Heartgard

My coworker once said “you work for your dog!”… I’m thinking he’s right

My dog is sideways-humping his Holee Roller on the floor???

My dog is sideways-humping his Holee Roller on the floor???

Hey how did the handsome one’s tooth experiment go???

Oh!! Sorry for not posting an update on this, I ran out of Plaque Off. I’ve bought a bag of kelp granules and we are giving it another shot. He’s been on them for a month now.

When he was taking Plaque Off, I noticed that the plaque was becoming gradually weaker and more flaky at the edges, but it takes a couple months to see a really noticeable change. I will post in a little while (month or two) about how his current powder is working.

Here’s some photos of his skin issues that I’ve been dealing with on and off for about a…

Here’s some photos of his skin issues that I’ve been dealing with on and off for about a year now. The photos will be under the cut because they’re sort of gross.

He was originally diagnosed with superficial pyoderma, and that diagnosis has not changed since. He was given a chlorohexidine shampoo and that seemed to help a bit, but didn’t resolve the issue. It came back and the inside of his ear was a bit red. The vet prescribed Simplicef and Vanectyl P, and that cleared all of the issues up entirely.
We went camping, and then his skin issue came back full-flare. I figured I could maybe keep it at bay by using the shampoo, but it didn’t seem to work very well and it slowly progressed.
The vet has seen him a few times since then and isn’t too concerned.
Last night I went to pet his ear and felt that it was WET!!! You would think that after all the fussing I do over this dog’s skin, I would have noticed that he had an ear issue.. but nope, I have no idea how long it’s been like this. I’m going to guess approximately 1 week since it began, based on other photos I took where that ear is visible.

Regardless, I wiped it out with some toilet paper and it’s no longer moist, it’s drying up. He has an appointment booked for Thursday and we will hopefully get him back on some hard antibiotics again.
In some of the photos you can see the classic pyoderma pustules turning into rings/rashes with dry skin around them. He isn’t very itchy and they mostly just turn into dry skin “scabs” that you can wash or brush out. It’s non-contagious and doesn’t seem to bother him.. but I’d like to get it resolved!!

The main areas he gets these skin issues are in the groin/inner thigh area, the base of the tail and lower back, on his forelegs, and his sides. The white/grey patches on his elbows are supposedly pressure callouses, but I find this hard to believe because of the way he lays.. and he has a orthopedic bed.

Floyd is really progressing quickly with his tracking. If you give him the search command, he…

Floyd is really progressing quickly with his tracking. If you give him the search command, he immediately puts his nose to the ground and searches for a scent. If he finds a scent trail, he follows it all the way to the end.

Unfortunately sometimes this ends in nothing being found, in which case I put treats in the trail and give him the command again. (:

@trapperweasel What shampoo are you using on Jon, and what do his elbows look like?For Floyd, it…

@trapperweasel What shampoo are you using on Jon, and what do his elbows look like?

For Floyd, it starts off as a bump on his skin like a pimple (but without the white bit). Then at some point it disappears and forms a crusty scab that kills the hair. If this scab is washed, brushed, or picked off, the dead/loose hair comes out.

In areas with very little hair like on his belly, inner thighs/groin area, it looks dead-on like ringworm after the “pimple” bursts. There is a red ring of flaky skin and red center, it looks like a bullseye.

I should really take photos of these, they’re sort of interesting. I don’t want anyone to self-diagnose their pets illness with photos online to avoid going to the vet or whatever but maybe it will be helpful?

(As always, text posts are tagged with #bark so my followers can block the tag if they wish)

So Floyd’s skin is in full flare again….. I knew that it was flaring up again…

So Floyd’s skin is in full flare again….. I knew that it was flaring up again (that’s what all those bald patches are on his elbows and stomach), but have been giving the medicated shampoo a second shot. Clearly it isn’t enough because tonight I felt his ear and the inside was WET and he flinched. I wiped it out and looked at it and it’s very red.

I feel ashamed because you’d think that all the fussing I do over this dogs skin, I would notice this right?? Ughhh. I have no idea how long it’s been like this, it looks like moist eczema.

Gonna see if we can try Vanectyl P and Simplecef again… but I’m open to anything. Give me the toughest stuff you’ve got. Anything!!!!