She has this horrible itching problem, I do take her to the vet, they give her the green capsule antibiotic, steroids, and an antihistamine. she has a lump which when it was small, i had the vet look at it, and he said "It's common, nothing to worry about, leave it alone." Now it's the size of a large lemon. She never had a problem excessive itching before the lump, but they said it's not related. They want her to have blood work costing upwards of $300.00 (for complete), which is not easy. When I brought her the 1st time I paid $500.00. That was 3 years ago. but back to- I have 875mg amoxicillin. can she take this? as soon as taxes are in, going to different vet. she is 10 yrs. old and weighs around 65 lbs.
15 Feb 2011
I had an older lab mix that had terrible itching. Poor dog would scratch and scratch until he started losing weight from so much itching and scratching. He used to get bald spots too.We had every test done on him, blood tests and skin tests where they looked at his skin under a microscope and they found nothing! So they concluded it was allergies. They wanted us to buy a special food for him but we never did. The thing that did help him most were the steroids. They only gave him antibiotics if his skin got infected from all the scratching. I wouldnt give him an antibiotic that wasnt prescribed for him. Antibiotics have to be given in certain amounts for a certain length of time.
It wont help the itch factor, it will only help if the skin areas are infected where he's broken the skin from scratching.You have to be sure the antibiotic will kill the likely suspect causing the infection. I think 875 mg may be too much for the dog. Our dog weighed about the same 60-65 lbs and we gave him chlor-trimeton OTC pills. They are either 4mg or 0.4mg I dont remember which, but we gave him 3 tabs every 4 hours. He also took diphenhydramine 50 mg every 4 hours on other occasions (not together). I bought oatmeal shampoo to help moisturize his skin and help the itching too. Some times we used Aveeno baths. That lump sounds like a tumor of some sort, hopefully it is benign. You should have it evaluated by the vet again. I know Vets are expensive. We ended up paying a fortune for this or that over the years but he was worth every penny.
15 Feb 2011
iammary, I would not suggest you give your dog amoxicillian! Sounds like allergies, & could be allergic to the amoxicillian! Please do the blood allergy tests. Know its expensive, but we had a Bichon that had horrible allergies. I finally got the tests food included & found out her worst allergy was to humans! Unbelieveable! My hubby has Psorasis! Her others were mainly to all meats except duck! Dick Van Patten had a Bichon that had similar problems, & had the money to develop the food & it is sold at Petco with just duck & potatoes. She did so much better after that. If you love your pooch ( I know you do) go for the tests! We have to vacuum alot for the skin, but then I'm allergic to dogs too, so it's ok. What you get back from your best friend is well worth it in the end.
Find a vet that may take payments (altho' since tests are usually done in University Vet Labs your Vet has to pay upfront)it's at least worth a try. Sounds like he's in misery. Good luck to both of you. Your friend, Mary
16 Feb 2011
Of course any size dog can take Amoxicillin, however it doesn't seem to be the medicine that would cure your pet at all. I wish I could send you to my old chinese veterinarian for he would do the surgery to remove the dog's lemon-sized lump without insisting on the pre-surgery blood tests. It is very likely that they will also insist on a biopsy of the lump which is more $. Wow. Maybe you can find another veterinarian that is lowcost.
Amoxicillin should be given briefly post-surgery as clearly, with the lump on the dog increasing in size, it needs to be removed.
Has your dog been diagnosed for the skin condition at all? Which steroids did you try? You might try putting medicated baby powder all over the dog everday, two or three times a day. I was amazed at how well this cured the inflammation on two of my cats skins and how rapidly, altho their problems were not chronic. What was remarkable was that their itching, redness, and weeping did not recur for a long time if at all. One cat had what looked to be classic weeping rash and with powders, it cleared up in less than a week!
Study a variety of body and baby powders and try one on your dog. It couldn't do any harm.
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