Lincoln and Scout's Mom
Join Date: Jun 2007
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Lincoln's skin infection
My poor baby Lincoln is in his 13th day of wearing the CONE for an ongoing skin infection. He was digging into these sores on his face, leaving them bleeding, so I took him to urgent care on 9/1 and he was given antibiotics. After 11 days of those plus wearing the Cone, he seemed to be getting better so we took the cone off.
After 5 cone-free days of living it up, he had another flare up, and gouged up his face again. Last night the vet tech said we could give him human Benadryl. Now the vet thinks it may be allergy related since the antibiotics didn't really do much. And what's worse is that we put the cone back on him but Lincoln figured out how to lay in a "u" shape and twist his head to get his back foot into the cone to scratch his face and head! Having a long body, it is easy for him to do. So, I went to the vet again today to pick up a doggie antihistamine and a DEEPER cone for him which seems to be working better at blocking him from scratching.
He has been suffering with these skin eruptions since just before I went to the Nationals in Denver. He had a flare up again Sept 1 and now again this week. I just put 2 and 2 together and now I suspect he is allergic to the shampoo I am using on his head, since the eruptions are only on his head and neck and not anywhere on his body and seem to happen 1-2 days after he has a bath!
I use two shampoos on his face: one is a whitening shampoo from All systems that I've been using on him since he was 1 year old. The other is a supposedly hypo-allergenic formula that is tearless. I'm thinking the tearless shampoo may be the culprit since I just started using it maybe a couple of months ago when my first bottle of tearless shampoo ran out (which was a different brand).
I'd appreciate any insights or thoughts anyone might have, or if you have had any similar experiences!
Last edited by Jane; 08-11-2010 at 10:43 AM.