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How is the hair coat? Is it a bit thinner or more coarse? Does it grow back in slower? Do we many times have a bit of a yeasty or musty odor?
Strep canis is a normal bacteria that is part of the normal flora of the skin found on dogs. Diagnosis of this will be very common. This is one of the common bacteria that is on their skin. At times if we have underlying conditions or say a cut or abrasion to the skin, this bacteria can get deeper into the system. Remember the whole body is covered in bacteria, the GI tract, the mouth, the skin. It all comes down to the normal flora and the abnormal flora. There also can be underling conditions that can make things worse and allow the flora to get out of harmony, or the normal flora of bacteria to gain deeper entry and access into the system.
Have you been doing any medicated baths or treatments to keep the skin and haircoat in a healthier way?
This is more of a self limiting issue I feel. Have we put on weight this last year? How often do we get skin infections? Do we get repeat ear and paw infections?
Malaseb is a good shampoo, it has chlorhexidine and miconazole in it. This does a good job to kill both yeast and bacteria. There is also a spray called Micochlor that can be ordered online on Amazon that also has miconazole and chlorhexidine in it. You can spray this on areas to also help to control the yeast and bacteria at localized places. It does not get absorbed into the system, so it keeps systemic medications lower in the system.
Have they ever tested the thyroid level. Many of these type of dogs have many of these skin problems from an underlying condition like low thyroid that makes the skin not as healthy and weakens the immune system so we are more susceptible to opportunistic skin infections.
What is in the trizoral ear product? I may have a better protocol for them also.
If there Is an underlying low thyroid, then we get on the thyroid supplement, within a very short period of times the skin and immune system return to a healthier state, many times the atopy is coming from the low thyroid, the apoquel is addressing the itching but not the underlying cause. Just wanted to mention that to you. It may help, then they also lose weight, become more active and energetic again, like a normal healthy dog would be.
I am going to send an ear protocol that will work better for you also.
This ear flush has decreased my rate of repeat ear infections approximately 95%. It will control the bacteria and the yeast much more effectively than the Trizaural. It is the best prevention for more ear problems you can find.
About the bacteria, you will always find bacteria, they are covered in it. My biggest concern for your little one was the amount of repeat infections. This is why I think there is more going on to cause it. I like to look for the underlying problems and not just treat the clinical signs.
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This all will be self limiting. The same bacteria are on both of your dogs. The sister just does not have any underlying health problems, that is why she is able to keep control over her natural flora on the skin. However all dogs are prone to ear issues, you may want to use the ear flush I mentioned to atleast once a week clean her ears to help prevent any problems also.