Monday, January 7, 2013

Can you give a dog the antibiotic Minocycline for ear infections?

Q. I realize it is a drug mainly used for acne on humans, but I have also heard that it can treat ear infections in dogs. If anybody knows if this is accurate please let me know. Thanks!

A. I would ask my vet this question. One of the things you don't know is the correct dosage, or duration of dosage for the weight of your dog. It's used for a lot of different things, but only a vet can safely prescribe the amount needed. Check the official site below (scroll down to "Indications and Usage for Minocycline").

Misuse of antibiotics is one of the major reasons for the appearance and prevalence of MRSA. I now have 3 family members who suffer with this. Please consult with your vet. I have successfully used Prednisone to treat a spinal injury on one of my dogs, but I did it with my vet's dosage recommendation and supervision.

My Dogs Ears are clogged with antibiotics?
Q. My Labordor retrever has always had bad ears but latley its been worse. A week ago we put antibiotic the vet gave us and it got glogged in his ear canal. When we rub his ears u can ea the fluid in their and it makes a woosh woosh sound. Can anyone help me were trying to avoid going to the vets becasue it is so expensive.

A. keep massaging the ear. you should be able to receive a followup visit since the vet just saw him a week ago.. there shouldn't be an expensive charge for a recheck

Is there any over the counter antibiotic that I can use to get rid of my dogs yeast infection in his ears?
Q. I can't afford a vet right now .

A. don't know about the antibiotic's but if you keep the ears dry and apply some Camphor oil 1 or 2 times daily it works on rabbits, why not canines?

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

what is the difference of an abscess and a mast cell tumor? (in dogs)?

Q. thanks in advance

A. Mastcell tumor- growth or lump of mast cells (a type of white blood cell). Mast cell tumors can involve the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscle tissue. Also called mastocytoma. Cancer

Abscess An enclosed collection of pus in tissues, organs, or confined spaces in the body. An abscess is a sign of infection and is usually swollen and inflamed.

How much does treatment for anal abscess in a dog cost?
Q. My Jack Russell's rear end (next to the anus) is leaking a dark red/brown liquid. I looked it up online and I think it's a (ruptured) anal abscess. None of my pets have ever had this before; I plan to take her to the vet tomorrow morning.

I was just wondering for those who have had this happened to their pet - is surgery necessary? I know that the abscess must be drained and antibiotics are probably necessary... Does any one know how much all this would cost? (ballpark figure for checkup and treatment/surgery if necessary)

Thanks for your help.

A. probably just needs her anal glands cleaned out. It's pretty simple. My vet offered to show me how to do it, and i said no thanks! Basically they just squeeze the excess crap out like squeezing a huge zit just inside the dogs anus, with latex gloves on of course, and wow does it smell bad!

Retrobulbar Abscess in 2 1/2 year old dog?
Q. Early in December, I noticed swelling in one of my Miniature Aussie's eyes as well as some drainage and that he seemed to be in pain when opening his mouth. We went to the vet and by that time the swelling in the eye was gone. He was sedated and the vet informed me that his right tonsil appeared swollen so he prescribed Cephalexen. He continued to eat normally and act more normal. By the time he finished his medication, it seemed like everything was fine. About 3 weeks after finishing the medication, I noticed swelling in the same eye again. We went back to the vet and he was prescribed Amoxicillin and Baytril. During the visit, the vet mentioned that he could have retrobulbar abscess, but he seemed hopeful that the medication would correct the issue. Within a couple of days, the swelling was gone again and over the following 10 days I noticed some drainage from the eye. He just finished the second round of medication and appears to still be pained by opening his mouth. I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with retrobulbar abscess, what worked for treatment, and what the overall cost was? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just want to find out what the real issue is and have it corrected. Thanks!

A. I would asked your vet about a carnassial tooth root abscess. They can appear as a swelling near the eye which can go away with antibiotics, but will come back. The most common course of treatment is removal of the tooth unless you can find a vet who will do a root canal.

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