Moist dermatitis

I just had Poppy at the vet and she has moist interdigital dermatitis (wetness between her pads), which is causing her to pull at the fur, which is keeping the skin wet.... It's a nasty circle we're stuck in. Apparently she's got the same thing around her vulva as well, which has also caused a UTI.
Has anybody else experienced this with their female OES?
What works, besides keeping the fur trimmed right down to the skin?
It happened so quickly and it's so bad that she's had to be put on antibiotics.
And while I'm asking questions....can anyone recommend a good pet insurance company. Poppy is getting expensive really quickly.
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Did your vet say if it was caused by a bacterial or yeast infection or allergies? You can combine rosemary and lavender, massaging it into her skin, just don't put it on any wet or inflamed areas. Good luck.
Misty had the same thing. Only one foot and vulva. I cleansed with nolvasan once a day and gave cephalexin and benadryl twice a day. She does not lick it anymore since the benedryl stopped the itch and its been one week and its almost healed. Talk to your vet about an impression smear to find out if its yeast or bacteria. That will help with what meds to use.
My Panda has allergies... I give her allergy shots for them but it will take a year to see if they actually help her. So for now we give her antihistamines which help somewhat to curb the foot chewing and ear scratching. We actually have two sheepies with allergies but one has again found relief to her seasonal allergies.

We had Panda to the vet last week. She had recently completed a months treatment for an urinary tract infection after a culture showed two types of bacteria. The second culture came back with a 3rd bacteria this time but this one's Enterococcus which is difficult to treat so she's on Amoxicillin for 6 weeks. The internist at Idexx said she "may be immune depressed- most common causes are hypothyroidism or cushings". The cushings test came back negative but she is in the gray zone for low thyroid so she's begun treatment with Soloxine. This is the third thyroid test we've had done on her in the past year and it was finally gray zone... now 4 out of 6 of mine are hypothyroid or boarderline.

Panda also had to be x-rayed a second time for bladder stones, then an ultrasound and thankfully there weren't any. But we might have to repeat the ultrasound to determine if the spay surgery may have left a problem with the uterine stump. When they sedated her to do the ultrasound, they had to shave her belly down and found she too was irritated down there. I usually keep the girls clipped short so they stay drier/cleaner but she was the last one to be shaved down and I hadn't gotten to her yet. ANYWAY... the vet told us to use VET Solutions Swimmer's Ear Astringent to the "perivulvar area twice a day for a week then twice a week to prevent recurrence". It keeps the area drier and the irritation has cleared up. I think it depends on just how irritated the area is whether it should be used or not. You might ask your vet if this would be appropriate for Poppy. We also give Vitamin C to keep the urine more acidic... (she also has struvite crystals).

As for the feet... it seems like a vicious cycle because of the chewing. I keep the fur between the pads short for faster drying and I wash her feet every 3 days with Douxo... it's a shampoo from the vet for Seborrhea but has provided some relief. If you find other ways to stop the foot itching/chewing please let me know!

We have pet insurance on 4 of ours... two are uninsurable. Pre-existing conditions are usually excluded permanently or for a specified period of time. On the forms I've completed for insurance, you need to disclose all previous illnesses and vet treatment and these conditions are on the excluded or restricted list. Just be sure to ask questions before you sign up.

Hang in there... I know it's frustrating. It's a struggle sometimes but these shaggie beasties are worth it.

What is the dosage of Vitamin C that you give Panda everyday? Izzie has chronic/reacurring UTI's. She has been infection free for several months now, but I am always open to anything that could help prevent future problems. She currently gets cranberry pills everyday, and I am guessing there is some amount of Vitamin C in them. I'll check on that, but perhaps an additional supplement may help.
We aren't under control here so I'm definitely NOT a source for how-to info. :wink:

The Idexx internist's notes said "Use vitamin C 250-500 mg once a day to simulate immune system." We had been giving 500mg of Vitamin C for almost a year but just switched over to Ester C. It says it's absorbed better so I thought it might be better for Panda. I can't figure out if the cranberry capsules are better or the Ester C?? I was told recently that some dogs do better with the cranberry. The bottle I have says...

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) (fruit)
Juice Concentrate (30% organic acids) 800 mg*
* Daily value not established.

So I don't know the maximum Vitamin C that a dog with recurrent UTI's should get. We had asked about giving Panda a higher dose but the vet said it might upset her stomach. Panda is also on c/d prescription diet for the struvite crystals which also acidifies the urine.

It's probably a good question for the vet. If Izzie's currently under control I wouldn't change a thing! :D BTW... what cranberry caplet dosage do you use?
We give Izzie 2 300mg capsules a day (when we remember :oops: ). One in the morning and one at night. We buy them at Costco...they are softgels.

I also wonder if everything may be not be absorbed from human pills because things pass through their digestive system faster?...right?
I also wonder if everything may be not be absorbed from human pills because things pass through their digestive system faster?...right?

I've heard things pass through dogs faster too. I've also heard that if excess vitamin C is taken it passes through without being absorbed. Again, I'm not a professional though so maybe someone else out there can give us more info??
We have occassionally had to resort to a short course of Prednisone (24 hrs) to stop the itching at the site. With a short course like that, you don't have to slowly decrease the medication and it shouldn't make the infection worse, even if it is yeast.

The last time we dealt with it, I put Ammens powder on the area to help sooth it and dry it up. It was the only thing that worked for my son's diaper rash. :oops: It has zinc oxide and cornstarch as the main ingredients. Directions say not to use on broken skin or inhale it. I have no clue what it does if you eat it.
Check with your vet before using it, but my vet is adding it to his bag of tricks since it worked so well for my furry kid.
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