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Old January 8th, 2008, 09:41 AM
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Folliculitis--warning: sort of graphic pics

Sunday morning, Ridge began to show some swelling and lumpiness on her muzzle--mostly along the bridge right behind the nose. I called the vet, who thought it was folliculitis and had us start her on some amoxicillin (we have a rather extensive collection of antibiotics on hand because we live so far from the vet and have so many dogs ), then we took her in yesterday morning. By the time we took her in, her follicles had begun weeping blood, and by the time she came home she looked even worse.

I took this pics after a warm compress this morning had removed much of the bright-red blood that weeps from the sores:

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You can't see it, but there's an open bloody patch about the size of a 50-cent piece down the right side of her muzzle across the whiskers, as well, and some non-bloody lumps along her lips and on her chin. We're hoping that the antibiotic will clear those up without them breaking open.

She's been switched to clavamox with compresses a few times a day to help draw the infection and we're hoping that she'll be better in a few days.

Meanwhile, though, does anyone have any suggestions on
  • How to make her more comfortable?
  • How to keep the other dogs from wanting to clean up her face

Poor baby. Believe it or not, though, she does look better than yesterday--her eyes are brighter, so we're hoping that means she's feeling better.

But no kissies on the muzzle for poor Ridge for a while... :sad:
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Old January 8th, 2008, 09:49 AM
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That looks sooo painful !!!:sad:

Poor Ridge I hope that it gets better soon..
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Old January 8th, 2008, 09:53 AM
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Thanks, breeze... Ridge appreciates the good wishes

I have to keep making hazel sit down cuz she gets woozy looking at it...
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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Is there no topical treatment??

just the antibiotics and warm compresses??

Does it itch her??
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:09 AM
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Doesn't seem to itch too bad, yet, but I'm worried about when it starts healing more.

No topicals--nothing to irritate the skin further or interfere with the draining, I guess. She seems to like the warm compresses.

Sigh...and now the Pack is milling about at the door! Guess I'll have to go run interference for Ridge so no one tries to play rough with her! Poor Ridgie....she really likes to play rough
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:13 AM
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When it starts to heel more could you not put a topical cream to take away the itchies??

how long did the vet say it would take to start heeling??
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:20 AM
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dip her tail in peanut butter or bacon drippings? that'll keep the others away from her face at least... (just kidding of course!)

poor baby - hugs to her! Hope she's on the mend real soon!
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:33 AM
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for poor Ridge. That looks very painful. I hope it heals quickly with the meds.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:47 AM
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Awwww, poor Ridge. It does look painful.
for a quick recovery for Ridge, and Hazel will be doing double duty to make up for all those missed muzzle kisses
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:55 AM
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that's what people must feel like when they get a cold sore. I don't get them but I imagine they are equally as uncomfortable.
no advise sorry.
anything I've ever done to comfort my dogs when they hurt never works.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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dip her tail in peanut butter or bacon drippings? that'll keep the others away from her face at least... ...
I like that idea

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Tether the rest of the pack to Dad and ask him to stay away from you and Ridge?

Big hugs to Ridge. Hope she heals quick and itchlessly .
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Old January 14th, 2008, 11:53 PM
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or you can pick a nose lol

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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:03 AM
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The Ye Olde New Snozz Shoppe! When Ridge gets up tomorrow we'll do a little browsing and see if she can find a model she likes! Thanks, Shaykeija!
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:46 AM
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Don't pick her nose Hazel . That's a disgusting habit to teach her .
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Old January 15th, 2008, 01:18 AM
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Don't pick her nose Hazel . That's a disgusting habit to teach her .



I do love the Sibe nose best though.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 01:21 AM
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Glad Ridge is starting to feel better.

And some more healing fairy dust....

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Old January 15th, 2008, 01:46 PM
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Hazel, I wouldn't put anything on her nose without consulting with your vet first. It probably is best to keep doing what you are doing and since it is healing just let it run its course. If you want to soften the scabs, neosporin (triple antibiotic) might be ok, but I think it is probably best to stick with the compresses (ideally with saline) and leave it open to air. Glad she is feeling better and SUPER GLAD that she is peeing!!!!!!
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It does look similar .. but hard to tell. Oh how I hope it's something that can easily be cleared up with antibiotics!! I will definately keep you posted on how it goes. Again thanks for your support, it is appreciated.

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