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Kodi's Pyoderma

Well, Kodi got a reprieve from his neutering surgery for a few days... He was supposed to be neutered last Thursday, but on Monday, (almost exactly two weeks after his long-acting antibiotic shot) the Pyoderma came back. So it was back to the vet again, where she gave him another shot, and gave me some antibacterial wipes to use on any new bumps that form. (ha! try THAT on a long-haired dog!!!)

She said (and I agree completely) that she didn't want to take a chance of cutting into skin with an active infection and spreading it, so his surgery was postponed until this coming Thursday. Like the last time, withing 2 days of being on the antibiotics, the bumps were receding, and are now just about gone. She said it's not at all uncommon for them to need to be treated for more than 2 weeks to completely clear it, so she was unconcerned.

The other frustrating part is that the ticks are still SO-O-O bad that it's hard to tell what bumps are left from tick bites, and what could be Pyoderma. His head has so many bumps that we've started to call him "lumpy"... he seems to have a strong reaction to tick bites, poor thing.

The vet had me switch him from Frontline to Advantix. I guess that Frontline just kills the ticks, but it can take 24 hours to kill them, during which time, they have probably already bitten the dog. I guess that the idea is that it is unlikely that they will pass a disease to the dog if they aren't attached for more than 24 hrs. Advantix actually has a tick repellent in it, so that hopefully they don't even TRY to attach themselves to the dog. I only put it on him on Friday, so I'm not sure yet how well it's working. There was another woman in the vet's office when I was exchanging the Frontline for the Advantix, and she said she'd done the same thing a couple of weeks ago, and it's really helped.

In the mean time, I'm trying to keep him out of wooded areas as much as possible, but that's easier said than done. He had an accident in the house the other day for the first time in a LONG time. I'm sure that the problem is that his favorite poop spot is on the wooded path around our property, and I've been trying to get him to go somewhere closer to the house. He doesn't mind peeing in his litter box, but only seems willing to poop in it when the weather outside is terrible. And even just out in the yard or even on walks on the street, he's still picking them up. Some guys are chick magnets, I've got myself a tick magnet!<g> In fairness, I've pulled lots off the cat too, so it's not JUST him. We've lived here for over 20 years and we've NEVER had such a bad tick season.


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Oh Karen, I am so sorry to hear that it came back. But glad your vet is unconcerned. IHT! I have not seen any on the boys this fall...but the spring they were everywhere. I wonder if the garlic spray we used this summer stopped the cycle.

Just a thought about your litter box...Jasper would not use the same tray for pee and poop... we added another tray and problem solved. (he did eventually decide outdoors is best and like Kodi must find the perfect spot even in the foulest of weather)




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Hi Missy,

Kodi already has two litter boxes... one in his pen, and another in the kitchen, so I'm not sure I want to add a third. He won't poop in the one in his pen unless there is something REALLY urgent... like before we realized his tummy doesn't do well with beef, even in the form of bully sticks or small treats.<g> He won't poop even in the kitchen one, unless it is impeccably clean. So I'm really careful to remove any wet litter as soon as I see it. Even then, he really doesn't WANT to use it to poop. On a really rainy day, if I see him moseying around looking like he needs to go, I have to TAKE him to the box and tell him "go poop". Then he looks at me like a martyr, but will dutifully make his circles and poop in the box.<g> But it is CLEARLY not a popular choice. He looks like he's being punished, (how DO they manage to look so pathetic!?!) no matter how much of a "party" I make it for having done a good job!


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LOL! what a character these little ones are. yeah don't add a third.




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My Duffy get that bacterial thing all the time. My vet prescribed capsules of an antibiotic that I give him with Pill Pouches. This time it did not completely clear up, so we'll be going to the vet. Also, when he get antibiotics, he immediately gets a yeast infection in his ear, usually his left. I no sooner get that cleared up and back come the bumps and scabs! Ugh!

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I am so sorry to hear that this is back

I do want to say that this Thursday seems to soon to plan on the surgery,tho. Seems to me that you guys would want to make sure it stayed cleared up first and not assume it will be gone by Thursday????

Hope he gets and stays better!!
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Ticks scare me, I can't imagine having so many that you have to keep getting them off the dog and cat! (I can't figure out how you even GET them off!) Yikes! I hope the Advantage works! I know when I headed to the mountains for vacation with Tucker that is what the vet recommended. We never did have a tick, but may have just been lucky.

I hope Kodi gets totally well with this antibiotic treatment!!

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My Duffy get that bacterial thing all the time. My vet prescribed capsules of an antibiotic that I give him with Pill Pouches. This time it did not completely clear up, so we'll be going to the vet. Also, when he get antibiotics, he immediately gets a yeast infection in his ear, usually his left. I no sooner get that cleared up and back come the bumps and scabs! Ugh!
He could have been given pills, but the antibiotic of choice for this infection (cephalosporin) is one I am violently allergic to. By giving him one long acting shot that lasts for two weeks, we were able to avoid me having to handle it at all.

Fortunately, there has been no sign of a yeast infection, but I have ear drops for him in case it becomes a problem.


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I'm so sorry you're having so many problems. Please keep an eye on Kodi on the Advantix, though. A few of us have had problems with Advantix and some dogs react poorly to it. Kubrick had muscle spasms on it, so I took him off of it and back on the Frontline. I hope Kodi feels better soon!


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I am so sorry to hear that this is back

I do want to say that this Thursday seems to soon to plan on the surgery,tho. Seems to me that you guys would want to make sure it stayed cleared up first and not assume it will be gone by Thursday????

Hope he gets and stays better!!
The vet seemed to think it was safe because he would already be on the antibiotics, and will be protected by them for another week. If he has any sign of the Pyoderma, they won't do the surgery.


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