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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!

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Poor baby- that must be so frustrating. If I were you I would switch both products that you use on the face area. I was told by my vet, that they can develope allergies to something at any time, like Lexi is not doing with her food that he had been on for a few years. I would do whatever it takes to get the allergic reation to go away - it can develop into other things. Give him a kiss for us.
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Oh Poor Lincoln!!! Jane, I don't know which I feel worse for him for - the itchies or having to wear the cone. I agree with Laurie, that I would switch both shampoos--- may want to try the shampoo you use on his body and just be careful around his eyes. Also have you been trying any new foods in the past couple of months. I think that could cause it too. Give Lincoln a big hug from me and the boys




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Bless his heart, poor baby! As a fellow skin allergy sufferer I can totally sympathize with him.

We had a little weiner dog who could bend himself in half and scratch w/a cone on, too. It's gotta be that long body...

Give Lincoln huge healing hugs from me!

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I had/have skin allergies as well which turned out to be from soap. We tried ALL different soap brands etc. no luck. After a year of testing we discovered I am allgeric to sodium lauyrl sulphate. ("It "makes the soap bubble more and is not necessary in soap. The add it because people think more bubbles=cleanner skin/stuff
Watch out changing shampoos because it is in most.
This really sounds like the same condition I would have from the soaps. I wanted to scratch like crazy
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Thank you Laurie, Missy, Leslie and Sally for your sympathy! I think you are right, Laurie, I'd better abandon both products even though I *really* love that whitening shampoo. It just isn't worth it to see him suffer. And Missy, it is so sad when I can see Lincoln has an itch - he'll whine and you'll see his back feet twitching wanting to scratch it. Sometimes he scratches the cone anyway. I decided to spoil him a teeny bit with a new rolled leather collar to hold the cone on instead of the scrap of gauze they gave me at the vet's...and a few extra pieces of dried chicken breast (homemade, not from China!)

The worst part was when I took Scout to a Hav playdate today. He looked so excited when I got Scout's collar and leash on...but then I had to leave him behind....

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Poor Lincoln. Hope he is feeling better soon. Allergies stink!!!!!!!
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Jane,
So sorry to hear about Lincoln's skin condition, I hope the benadryl is going to make it alot better soon.
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The worst part was when I took Scout to a Hav playdate today. He looked so excited when I got Scout's collar and leash on...but then I had to leave him behind
Ohhh poor poor Lincoln. I wish him a very speedy recovery. I too get itchy rashes all the time and if I could scratch them with my back legs I would too.

When Jasper had them the vet gave me a powerful topical cortisone in powder form that you made into a paste - I'm sorry I don't remember the name but it worked pretty fast. maybe ask your vet about it.




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Hey Jane----
Give my crush a big hug and a little scratch from me!I hope he gets better soon!Poor Lincoln.....(he still is a heart throb in a cone)

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