|Barked: Thu Jun 3, '10 11:53am PST |
|First - Get your dog onto a good flea control. If you want to use a topical medication I reccomend Frontline, Advantage or Advantix. I would avoid BioSpot or Hartz. These topical medications can be purchased at your local vet or in some cases local Animal Products store like PetCo. Topical medications work very well in eliminating fleas but keep in mind that they require the natural oils in your pets skin to work. So they should be applied either 2 days prior to or 2 days after a bath or swimming. If you apply them to close to a bath or swimming they will not work as well.
There are also some tablets that work well in killing fleas too. Comfortis is currently the best product I have seen that is in tablet form.
OTC Flea dips and Flea collars generally don't work very well especially if the infestation is big.
Make sure ALL animals in the house are treated at the same time!
You also need to CLEAN the house. Vaccuum Vaccuum Vaccuum!!! If you have a bag vacuum cleaner - buy a flea collar - cut it up - place in bag then vacuume away! Make sure to dispose of the bag immedietly or those fleas may jump back out and reinfest house.
As for the itchiness and sores - I would speak with your vet about starting an anti-histamine immedietly. Benedryl, Claritin and Zyertec are all good for use in dogs. The anti-histamine will help bring down the inflammation in your dogs skin! Since sores are already present you may have a secondary bacterial infection going on so having a vet visit is a really good idea in case you need oral antibiotics or a cream antibiotic for the skin.
I would also consider having your dog wear an e-collar or t-shirt to prevent him from chewing, scratching and licking which is only really making the skin more irritated!
I would not go to Depo-Medrol right now. Depo-Medrol is an injectable or tablet steriod that is similiar to prednisone. Steriods have alot of side effects that can be dangerous. One is that is actually decreases your dogs immune system and when they have a parasitic infection with sores it could allow those sores to become infected further and have trouble healing. It is also very harsh on the liver and kidneys so should not be given unless recent bloodwork has shown these organs to be working correctly. It is usually reccomended to keep Depo as a last option when the chance of infection is present.
I would definetly try the other options first then if there is no improvement you can speak with your vet about using a steriod like depo-medrol or prednisone.
IMHO vets often overuse steriods like depo-medrol and prednisone and it can be very dangerous for alot of pets. Allergies should be treated with anti-histamines NOT steroids.
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