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Experience:  15 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine
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My dog has a severe bacterial infection pseudomonas aeruginosa

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My dog has a severe bacterial infection pseudomonas aeruginosa and his face and head have lots of hard scabs stuck to his fur, he is on meds from my vet but washing doesn't remove the scabs is there anything safe I can use to soak the fur and soften the scabs to help them to come off and allow air to the skin underneath. Thank you
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Joey :

Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

Dr. Joey :

This poor guy! My top recommendation is to use a diluted chlorhexidine solution. Your vet can provide this for you, or you can purchase Hexadene flush (made by virbac) (here is an amazon link:

Dr. Joey :

I also want to confirm that since this is not clearing that your vet performed a skin biopsy to ensure that this is just an atypical deep infection, and not an unusual immune-mediated condition that will require an immunosuppressive medication to clear/treat. If this has not been done, then this is recommended. At the time of skin biopsy a culture (deep culture) of tissue can be submitted to the lab to know what antibiotic will resolve this. And to rule out fungal infection.

Dr. Joey :

This needs far more than a swab, given the longevity. It needs a biopsy, which is super easy for your vet to do. He would need some light sedation and then a few samples can be taken. These samples would need to be submitted to a dermatopathologist (not the regular pathologist), but your vet should be aware of this.

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Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 3 years ago.

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