I have a ten-year-old German Shepherd. She has been fighting a staph infection for the past three years. She is currently being treated by a dermatologist and has been through every medication available, but is no longer healing or getting any relief. I would say approximately 75% of her body is covered in sores. I shower her weekly and we now have a cone on her so that she will stop biting at herself. The veterinarian says that as a last resort she can give her an intravenous medication that we cannot afford. This medication may or may not work. I’m at my wits end. Have you heard of this before and do you have any suggestions?
— Erina Muraca, Merrick , NY
It sounds like you both have been through a lot these past few years. Three years is a long time to have a health issue. I am not a veterinarian, but I do know that staph infections are very tough to treat.
If you find it possible, I recommend trying the intravenous medication. Your dog clearly is uncomfortable and has a systemic disease which this type of medication could help.
Other options include taking her to another veterinarian for a second opinion or to a holistic veterinarian to see if he or she can offer a different set of solutions. I have visited holistic vets before for various health issues with my dogs. They have been reasonably priced and combined traditional and alternative approaches towards my dogs’ health issue. You can find a holistic veterinarian at https://www.ahvma.org/find-a-holistic-veterinarian/.
Keep me posted on how she is doing.
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