Treating Canine Staph Infection
by Ann Lee
Reader Question: How To Treat A Dog's Staph Infection
Tosha is a 12 year old 3 lb. Maltese, so precious. She has developed a staph infection and she is now on a second round of antibiotics. 3 weeks ago Clavamox 2 x daily. It improved some. Back to vet and now on clindamycin 2 x daily. Is there anything else that I can do for her? I was wondering about a shampoo to use and some kind of medication to use on these sores. She really doesn’t feel good. Can you please advise? Veterinarian's Advice Regarding How To Treat A Staph Infection
Yes, topical treatments for skin infections can be very helpful, in addition to oral antibiotics in severe cases. I don’t know the particulars of Tosha’s case so I can’t make a specific recommendation as to what type of shampoo, etc. might work best, but I frequently recommend products that contain the active ingredient chlorhexidine
when treating bacterial skin infections.
Canine skin infections can be difficult to eradicate. I typically treat for at least three weeks and for five days after all clinical signs of the infection have disappeared to reduce the chances of a relapse. If the infection fails to respond to appropriate treatment or comes back repeatedly, it’s time to look for an underlying cause.
Allergies, hormonal disorders, immune-mediated diseases, some types of cancer, metabolic issues, parasitic infestations, and more can all cause dogs to develop secondary bacterial infections of the skin that won’t resolve unless the primary problem is also dealt with.
Jennifer Coates, DVM