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I'm sorry to hear Coady has these issues,
Could you please send a clear photo of the affected skin?
When did it begin and does it bother her?
What treatment is she on at the moment?
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So, synulox is an antibiotic which is often given for skin infections and would typically be effective for a bacterial infection of the skin around the nose.
However, my concern would be that this is something else such as a fungal infection or parasitic infection (such as mites), especially if the antibiotics have not helped.
Does she rub at the nose as if it bothers her?
Was the skin swabbed or cultured?
Oh bless her,. it must be very uncomfortable.
When did she start the antibiotics and what dose is she on?
Did the vet also provide any medical washes or creams?
Antibiotics can take a few days to become effective but if it has been more than a few days and there is no change, we may need to change tacks.
I would strongly advise we run some tests such as an impression smear/swab to check for e.g. a fungal infection or mites. We can then ensure she is on the right treatment.
It may be that we need to use a medicated shampoo/topical cream as well as systemic medicine.
If very uncomfortable, she will likely also benefit from some anti-itch / anti inflammatory medicine.
I would use a buster collar so she cannot get to the area and cause further skin damage.
I would also use a dilute solution of Chlorhexidine to bathe the area: This can be bought from any chemist. Dilute it 1:10 with warm water and apply with cotton wool. Leave on for 5 minutes and then gently rinse with wet cotton wool. Do this daily for 5 days. This should help reduce bacteria and fungal levels and can reduce itch a little.
Hopefully we can get on top of this soon as I understand it must be a worry.
I have just seen your update.
As It has only been 48 hours, it could be that the antibiotics have not yet had time to work. You may choose to wait a further 48 hours, especially if she seems settled and things have not worsened.
Sleepiness would not be expected from the medicine she's on.
It could be a coincidence, the warmer weather or perhaps there is more going on here. If there is an obvious lethargy and she is acting out of character, I would have her seen again sooner so she can be assessed.
It's reassuring you mentioned the sleepiness to the vet and she wasn't concerned after assessing her. Ear infections can also be uncomfortable and cause lethargy.
She is utterly gorgeous!
It sounds like you are doing all of the right things. Fingers crossed she is on the mend very soon.
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