Comments on Dog Skin Conditions: Superficial Bacterial Folliculitis

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Michelle   Hannacroix, New York

12/28/2013 12:51:39 PM

I am in need of some help for my dog. He is a three year old lab Sheppard mix. He has food allergies which I have under control but over the last 6 months he has started to pull his hair out around his rear legs, behind, back, and tail. I have taken him to the vet and have received no true solution. His skin looks similar to the photo above. What can I give my dog to relieve these symptoms.

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Jennifer   Seminole, Florida

5/2/2013 5:00:36 PM

I have a 16 week old Doberman Pinscher puppy that I have been bathing about once every 7-9 days. Is it normal for the Doberman breed to develop folliculitis from over bathing and grooming? Or could it be caused by puppy vaginitis?

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Julie   Port Charlotte, Florida

10/30/2012 3:05:44 PM

To Ann from Ft Worth-Great post, EXCEPT where you say No People Food. A truly natural canine diet consists of raw meat & bones, PERIOD. This is the single most bio-available diet for dogs, and if you don't believe me, try it yourself (please do proper research first!). The proof is in their poop. My 100 lb dog's poop is less than 1/3 smaller than it was when he was eating high-quality grain free kibble IE Blue Buffalo OR equally high quality, cooked canned foods such as Merritt or Natural Balance, AND it does not smell, nor attract flies; it turns white & crumbles within 48 hours.


Regardless of being raw fed for the past two & a half years, my wire-haired dachshund has developed folliculitis-most likely because he is hypothyroid. I will try treating your methods, as well as baking soda & Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, even though we just took him to the Dermatologist today, because now having a firm diagnosis, I much prefer using natural methods to the antibiotics & chemical shampoos given me by the vet.

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Ann   Ft. Worth, Texas

10/4/2012 8:25:50 PM

Most likely underlying culprit is allergies, such as a food allergy. Antihistamines won't cure it, because the underlying problem is still there. If you desire to treat naturally without drugs, you can use borax laundry soap (20 Mule Team brand) which is an antifungal, antibacterial and will NOT hurt your pet. Mix with water and spray it on or pour over pet in tub. Leave on for a few minutes, then rinse off afterward. Also, tea tree oil shampoo is great, because tea tree oil is also a natural antifungal, antibacterial and stops any itching. Colloidal silver spray (found in health food stores) is a natural antibiotic that is wonderful to spray on the skin to heal and kill the bacteria. But you MUST heal from within too and eliminate the food allergy from the diet. No people food, no wheat products in their dog food. Buy organic and all natural if possible. No cheap stuff, it's loaded with junk that kills and makes our pets sick. You can give colloidal silver drops in water dish daily and black walnut to treat yeast, fungus, and bacterial issues. Takes a while to clear it up but it can be done, and without harming your pet with rounds of drugs that ultimately make them worse. Best of luck to everyone.

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missy   danielson, CT

1/7/2012 2:49:34 PM

you said in beginning of article, that this could be caused by trama? What type of trama?

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sheri   akron, OH

11/1/2011 6:24:04 AM

good article. i have a dogo argentine who is pink.looks like your pic. vet has given antihystamines but it doesnt help. i love him hes a great dog, but what to do about my beautiful pink little piggy?

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Gary   Fredericksburg, VA

8/5/2011 10:53:40 AM

My dog is starting to get older and with age she has developed a few problems, one of them in particular lately on the back of her neck her skin is scabbing up and hair is falling out in little clumps where the scabs are. The weird part is it doesn't seem to bother her she's not scratching or anything, I guess I'm more concerned about it than she is! From the internet I can't find any pictures or list of symptoms that look similar to her condition. If anybody might know what it might be please let me know. She has never had any skin problems her whole life until now.I don't know if it's age or allergies.

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Toby   Port Hope, ON

12/5/2010 5:44:35 AM

Our dog, Toby, has bacterial foliculitis. Round bare patches. The perimeter of these patches is raw and red. Beyong these patches and into the hair is what appears to be really bad dandruff. She is on anti-biotics...I'm wondering if the underlying cause of her skin condition might be that she takes Thyrotab for her Thyroid imbalance. She is a 10 year old chocolate lab mix and only developed the skin problem starting in Agust 2010. Curious. Just lately she has developed a pretty nasty looking ear problem which is very tender. We have ear drops for that but have only just started using them. Poor old girl.

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Jean   pagosa Springs, CO

11/19/2010 9:55:56 AM

Thanks. I think my three-year-old female Siberian Husky has folliculitis. I'll take her to my vet.

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gillian   swansea, AL

11/5/2010 2:07:57 PM

I have a boxer who suffers from scabs hairloss and very intense itching, he has been phased off steroids, which were no good, i've been given 1 lot of antibiotics that worked, the rest didnt, hes shampooed regularly, about a week after stopping the tabs, skin complaint comes back. he has had biopsies which show food allergies, so over the years his diet has been changed to all hypo-allergenic food, can you suggest anything to help him

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Diane Rogers   Fort Gay, WV

4/1/2010 11:44:34 AM

my husband has a six year old red nose pit bull,and on his buttox on both sides he has what appears to be two pimple or boils on his back side,my husband has been using neosporian twice a day but not much has changed,could you offer some advice please

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Kat   Saint Lucie West, FL

2/24/2010 11:21:42 PM

Thumbs UP!!!

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Pet   Orland, IL

7/23/2009 8:46:34 AM

How do we get answers from you?

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margaret   new port richey, FL

7/13/2009 4:47:14 PM

my lab/chow mix has areasw in the leg pit( like arm pit) it is black and powdery looking. can you tell me what this sounds like?

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jeffrey   f.w.b, FL

5/6/2009 3:19:44 PM

great, wish our vet had told us there is an underlining cause to this condition. we have been fighting this for a couple of years now. hopefully we will find a vet to treat all issues. thanks!

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Mimi   La verne, CA

12/27/2008 8:49:41 PM

This looks like what my sister's dog has! I'll tell her about this. Thanks.

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Julia   Long Beach, CA

12/20/2008 3:48:51 PM

Great info! Thanks!

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Laura   Indianapolis, IN

11/24/2008 7:41:13 PM

Great information. Thanks!

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LOK   richland, PA

11/20/2008 12:29:48 PM

This web site was very helpful. So far the best one I have found. I have been searching all afternoon for answers. Thanks again!!

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MADELAINE   MIAMI, FL

8/31/2008 6:11:50 AM

I HIGHLY APPRECIATE THIS ARTICLE. IT HELP ME TO TAKE CARE OF MY DOG.

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