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    OHHH CRAP @Lucy-licious!! That does look like that! THANK YOU and THANK YOU @Donna LeBlanc! for your information, I have been giving him yogurt all week in the morning and at night to battle the antibiotics. I am responding first then I am going to google. How in the world do they get this staff infection? Vegas is very clean, in fact just had a bath last Sunday with anti-fungal yeast shampoo. My house/floors are very clean how did this happen? Do you think with his ear infection and all the antibiotics he has been on this last week lowered his immune system?? Now I am totally baffled.

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    Antibiotics do lower immunity as you know. Staph is very common and naturally lives in the natural flora on the skin surface if everybody, unfortunately it is an opportunist bacteria that will turn bad if it gets the opportunity to do so. Vegas is immunosuppressed and it has unfortunately taken a hold. I doubt Ammoxicillin will work, different antibiotics work for different things. Ammoxicillin is known for ear and chest infections. You have caught this quickly I hope it clears up fast too.

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    Staph is everywhere and maybe with his immune system low from his ear infection, it could be what caused it. Poor Vegas, hope he gets better soon.
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    Everyone, humans, dogs, cats...even our cute CLEAN Bullies have staph bacteria present on skin. When the skin gets a scrape or scratch on it...that's what allows the staph to enter our system and cause problems...all it would take is something as small as an insect bite or if Vegas had an itch and scratched a small amount of skin...the staph bacteria enters and the infection starts. If the immune system has been compromised, it's easier for the infection to start and spread. Our vet said that Chloe's immune system was compromised because of her low thyroid level. Punkie B has only had the infection once...I have been giving her yogurt everyday even after she got off her antibiotics...it isn't easy or cheap to keep Bullies in good health! But they are worth every cent! Keep us posted on Vegas! xxxx

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    Wow poor Vegas I hope u caught this early cause staph and be very dangerous!! A friend of mines baby girl that's 10 months might have staph and it was caused by the Drs not cleaning the Iv area very good. I heard u can get it different ways one girl got strep and ended up w staph, another she had a upper respiratory infection. Once it's in the blood it can spread fast. Google bacteria in blood
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    glad you got answers.. Hope Vegas gets better soon!

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    Kelly, Seems the vet is in order, but, you can start giving him some fish oil (NOT cod liver oil) and that will also help to boost his immune system. Salmon oil is good. I did a lot of research on how to boost their immune systems when Gypsy turned up with the demodex. You can do the fish oil, give him a bite of raw beef or veal liver (chicken in a pinch). Just a smidge like the size of a dime. You can increase it over time but since he hasn't ever had it before, any more than that might give him softer poop. You can also give him a good probiotic. Jarro makes a pet one that is ok that you can get at the vitamin shoppe or order online. Yogurt is great but he would have to eat about 50 servings to get the same as he would get in a probiotic. You just sprinkle it on his food and he *shouldn't* have a reaction to it. There are more suggestions but I know you are not crazy about giving anything other than veggies/yogurt/kibble so I will skip those lol. I do know that keeping them relaxed and calm is great. Maybe get some lavender oil and rub him with a tiny bit of it. It should help him stay calm and relieve any stress along with the message .

    The point of all of this is to support him while he fights ANY infection or the side effects of an antibiotic. It will help him to get better faster and continue to feel good. Poor Vegas . I hope you can get in at the doc for something to help with that. It seems his immune system was down even before the antibiotic or he wouldn't have gotten repeated ear infections. I wish I could give him a hug!

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    @GatorRay, thank you for all the advice, I do have triple stength fish oil pills that I take myself, do you think those would work for him? They are from GNC. About the raw meat, I just simply can not do it, I think I would gag, I have a hard time myself with meat much less raw, although I read your blogs and admire those that are using the raw diet, I don't think I could stomach it. I am going to look into the probiotics, I don't know what is going on with his immune system lately, he is in a calm household and is a very calm boy, (he has his moments of being a wild man) Thanks again!!

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    Kelly, no worries on the liver...just a thought . Believe me, I am not offended when people don't want to add raw stuff. It has to be something you are comfortable with and if you aren't, no biggie!

    What are the ingredients on the fish oil? Probiotics are easy to use and NOT stinky or gross. So, if you go that route, they are easy to get and easy to use. You just sprinkle it on his food.

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    Poor Vegas. He has had his share of infections already! Tell those germs to take a hike! Feel better soon!

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    aw i hope vegas feels better soon. no advice here as ive not encountered that with sarah but lots of well wishes and hope he gets better. you already have gotten excellent advice. keep us posted

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    yes, let us know if the vet confirms it as staph and how he treats it. I have never encountered this before but I sure can't think it is comfortable! Poor guy! and Poor momma too

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