Carlos is a very sweet and happy 13-year-old Boston terrier mix with a lifelong history of skin problems and itch secondary to allergies. Carlos had been doing well off and on with his allergies until February this year when he developed an uncontrollable full-body itch. When he saw Dr. McGinty at the end of March, he had been living with a medical cone off and on for a year due to excessive paw chewing and ear/face scratching. Upon examination, he had developed severe sores, crusting, and green discharge on his belly. He was also missing most of the hair on his legs and face and had very red, moist, and inflamed skin around his eyes. He had developed severe ear pain and was very reluctant to have his ears touched for a thorough exam. To rule out underlying causes of his worsening itch and skin changes, Dr. McGinty first addressed his skin infection. Several samples were taken from his belly, feet, and face and were examined under the microscope. No skin mites (more commonly known as “mange”) were found. He did, however, have an abundant growth of bacteria and yeast throughout his skin. Carlos was started on a three-week course of oral antibiotics and antifungal medication to address the infection. He was also started on three times a week bathing regimen with an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo called Mal-A-Ket, plus an antibacterial and antifungal ointment for his ears. He continued on his current Apoquel oral medication for allergies and thyroid supplement for hypothyroidism. To ensure that he was being treated with the correct antibiotic, samples of the debris from his skin were sent out for bacterial culture and antibiotic sensitivity. Results confirmed that the correct antibiotic was prescribed. His owners were also instructed to continue keeping him in the cone to prevent excessive licking and scratching. SKIN PROBLEMS CAU CARLOS MISERY Can’t S Scratc the Itc
INGREDIENTS • 1 cup strawberries • 1/4 cup water • A few dollops of xylitol-free peanut butter (Xylitol is a sweetener sometimes found in peanut butter that is toxic to dogs.) Peanut butter and jam is a classic flavor combo — even for dogs! Your pups will love these PB&J frozen snacks to beat the summer heat. Puppy Peanut Butter and Jam Frozen Treats
Wash strawberries thoroughly and slice off the tops.
2. To a blender, add strawberries and water and purée until smooth. 3. Pour the liquid into an ice cube tray or mold until each slot is 3/4 full. 4. Using a spoon, top each ice cube slot with a small amount of peanut butter. 5. Pop the tray into the freezer and leave until completely frozen. 6. Serve treats straight out of the freezer, and watch your pup enjoy!
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