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My mother's dog Wicket (Shih Tzu) has struggled with skin and ear problems for quite some time. Hi Lisa,From the photos you submitted, and the great detailed history you wrote, I can definitely get you started in the right direction to help Wicket.Shih Tzu breeds are susceptible to allergic skin conditions, flea allergies, contact allergies, and inhaled allergies. Dr Richard Pitcairn's book, Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats advises owners to feed a raw meat diet, with "as many fresh and high quality ingredients as possible.
Hi Kim,That is wonderful that you have found some help with the enzyme product called Allerase, containing amylase, protease, invertase and a few other enzymes.Rather than continue to give a product that may be 'suppressing' their symptoms or merely providing palliation, (since you mentioned that you must give it two times daily, and if you miss a dose they relapse back to itching again), you might consider a raw diet. Hi Jill, Thank you for your comments on allergies to fragrances, laundry detergents, and soaps.
You are a sick "doctor", claiming your ways are right and every other is incorrect, then sending people to quacks that hock homeopathic medication. Disclaimers: The information contained in this web site is provided for general informational purposes only. Haemophilus influenzae bacteria attaching to a surface as seen by a scanning electron microscope. Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) and the Oak Crest Institute of Science, both in Pasadena, Calif, have discovered the link between antibiotics and bacterial biofilm formation leading to chronic lung, sinus and ear infections. During the study, non-typeable Haemophilus influenza (NTHi) bacteria, a common pathogen of humans, was exposed to non-lethal doses of ampicillin, a class of antibiotics commonly used to treat respiratory, sinus and ear infections, or other beta-lactam antibiotics.
Biofilms are highly structured communities of microorganisms that attach to one another and to surfaces. Dr Webster believes modern medicine needs to find ways of detecting and treating biofilm infections before the bacteria are able to form these protective structures.  The difficulties of treating biofilm infections, which can be up to 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics, have prompted some physicians to propose a gradual move away from traditional antibiotic treatments and toward non-antibiotic therapies. Today, many chronic sinusitis sufferers are finding relief by undergoing a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure called functional endoscopic sinus surgery, or FESS. The physicians at Cornerstone Ear, Nose and Throat, PA, have seen tremendous growth in the number of FESS procedures performed in recent years, performing approximately 400 procedures a year. Adding to the surgery’s appeal is the minimal recovery time and postoperative side effects.
Since 1994, CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat has helped patients enjoy every breath, sleep better every night, hear every word, and live every moment. We offer CareCredit™, a healthcare credit card specifically designed to pay for treatments and procedures not covered by insurance. Many times, kids suffering from ear infections don’t need any medications, since the condition may resolve without them. Kids younger than 2 years of age or those who look and feel very ill because of some ear infection usually have to get antibiotics and you have to consult your doctor about this issue. In case your kid gets these drugs, it is very likely going to be some Amoxil (amoxicillin), which is proven to work for ear infections and also cost reasonably less than some other brands.
Although these drugs are usually very efficient for ear infections, you, as the parent, may want to think about the side effects of antibiotics, the risk for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and also about the costs of the drugs.
Ear infection may be treated with several other drugs, including some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), pain killers or even corticosteroids. Serious ear pains may be resolved using some eardrops or codeine, but these shouldn’t be used if there is some ruptured eardrum. Find health and lifestyle advices & Get answers!Share real-life experiences with more than 250,000 community members!
Clean with a mild shampoo like baby shampoo 1 to 2 times per week and apply aloe vera to the red inflamed areas to help decrease redness. Raw dog food diets are much easier for dogs to digest, and provide the moisture their skin, and other organs need to be healthy.
If you read my posts, I readily acquiesce to other views and their experiences, especially if they work! The study results, published in the July 9 edition of PLOS ONE, illustrate how bacterial biofilms can actually thrive, rather than decrease, when given low doses of antibiotics.


The dose of the antibiotic was not enough to kill the bacteria, which allowed the bacteria to react to the antibiotic by producing glycogen to produce stronger biofilms when grown in the laboratory. Therefore, bacteria forced into forming stronger biofilms will become more difficult to treat and will cause more severe chronic infections. During this procedure, the surgeon inserts an endoscope through the nose into the sinuses, looking for structural abnormalities, cleaning and draining the sinuses and removing any obstructive growths, such as polyps or cysts.
All of the physicians at Cornerstone Ear, Nose and Throat agree that nasal packing is rarely necessary in the post operative period and discomfort is generally mild.
McClelland is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT), as well as the Administrative and Founding Partner of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA.
As otolaryngologists (ENTs), our physicians specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders, as well as disorders related to the face and neck.
This part of the ear is located behind the eardrum and it can be easily infected by different microorganisms coming from the nose or throat.
Children who respond to home treatment and feel better after some home care don’t have to get some antibiotics but all other little patients may need those. Antibiotics or tubes in the ears may also be helpful for accumulated fluid behind the eardrum in some cases.
NSAIDs, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen), Aleve, Advil, Motrin or some other may be very useful to reduce the fever and ear pains. Additional treatment may also include corticosteroid drugs, which can be combined with antibiotics if there is some fluid behind the eardrum.
Now that you have stopped the Benadryl and the Skin-Eze (with the Chinese herbs, it will be ok to start homeopathic remedies.
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Last June he was given a Lepto shot in June during an allergy flare that we now know after allergy testing with a dermatology vet is from corn pollen.
Although, I do feel that I know a bit about dog food, as I have been practicing veterinary medicine since 1980, and I have maintained a veterinary license in 3 states by completing all my continuing education requirements, plus completing the Professional Course in Homeopathy by Dr Richard Pitcairn and the Basic and Advanced Acupuncture Course from the Chi Institute in Florida.
This layer is highly protective for the organisms within it, and when new bacteria are produced they stay within the slimy layer.
Adults will suffer protracted lung infections as the bacteria hunker down into their protective slime, and children will have repeated ear infections.
The surgery enlarges the natural openings of the sinuses and can restore the normal flow of mucus without leaving any visible scars. Daron Smith, MD, has been doing sinus surgery for over 12 years and remarks that many of his patients have reported little need for pain medicine after the surgery. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat is proud to offer thorough, technologically advanced diagnosis and treatment for the full range of ENT conditions.
Make sure you never give the child aspirin, because of the Reye syndrome (serious health problem) it may cause. The annual dog vaccinations have also created a burden on his immune system which he does not need at this time.Since all vaccines come with a package insert that says, 'To be administered to healthy animals only', I would advise NO more vaccinations for Wicket until he is completely healthy. Between the toes and in the skin folds you can apply apple cider vinegar to help decrease the yeasty smell. Thank you!DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person. Since the pituitary gland registers a sufficient amount of thyroid hormone in circulation, (the 'external' source), it will not stimulate the thyroid gland to make any thyroid hormone.
Simply click here to return to Ask a Vet Online via My Online Vet (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED FOR NEW QUESTIONS). With the introduction of antibiotic-produced glycogen, the biofilms have an almost endless food source that can be used once antibiotic exposure has ended. What may appear to be antibiotic resistance when an infection does not clear up may actually be biofilms at work.


The cold may provoke swelling of the Eustachian tubes in the ear, leading to blockage of this structure and consequent entrapment of the fluid in the ear. And even then, I would be very worried that if he received another vaccine it may cause him to relapse!! Ear problems are usually the last to clear up, as usually they were the first problem that appeared. Therefore, it is essential to help support the thyroid gland during this time. Ketoconazole is a VERY potent anti-fungal medicine, that can have serious side effects. Smith also says, “Although no surgery is going to be without some discomfort, I can say, having undergone the surgery last year myself, that the pain is not severe and only lasts for a few days. Microorganisms usually take advantage of this environment and grow there, causing ear infection. And the longer the symptoms are 'suppressed' with the conventional drops, the HARDER it will be to treat the problem and get her cured.
Thank you!DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. And since yeast, and fungal infections, are opportunistic, they will clear up if the host regains optimal health and has a strong immune system.
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One of the reasons why children are commonly seen to suffer from ear problems probably lay in the fact that their ear tubes are very small and can be blocked fairly easily. In the meantime, applying some sweet almond oil into each ear (or the 'bad' ear) may help soothe his tissues. Providing immune supplements, a healthy diet, decrease stress, MINIMAL OR NO vaccinations, and homeopathic remedies, would be the HOLISTIC way of treating these chronic diseases. To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Thank you! DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. Acute sinusitis is often marked by a thick, green or yellow nasal discharge and can last up to four weeks or more.
This text was published in 1992, states that annual vaccinations are obsolete, and there is no valid reason for them to be given.Food:First, diet should be moist! In my last response, all of my suggestions are not the cure, a homeopathic remedy will be the cure or at least the path to improving his condition. I would be ashamed and embarrassed to know you and anyone in your life should feel the same. Most cases respond well to antibiotics and decongestants, and people can resume normal activities quickly.
Using holistic methods are much healthier than conventional drugs for chronic treatment.You wrote,----------------------------------------------We still have him on Natural Balance duck and potato.
After spending $1,200 over two appointments with the dermatologist for testing, immunotherapy injections at home (every 3 days) and skin punches it occurred to me that maybe I could find an answer from the enzyme product my husband uses for digestion issues.
You might also want to check our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options and read about the benefits of a raw diet for Wicket.
He should not be on dry food.Instead of the 'hard' treats, unless they are tartar control, I would substitute fruit and vegetables for treats. So we had to put the medicated drops in again, and now it is starting to clear.I don't like the idea of using the drops in his ears all the time.
I started with mixing the powder from 1 capsule with just enough gravy from their food to soak up the enzyme.it worked until the afternoon and then I gave them another.



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