I need some advice.
I have a 10 yr old female (Rufus, I know, it’s a boy’s name) who has just been diagnosed with cancer. We don’t know how much it has spread so we are taking it one day at a time. The doctor has removed 3 tumors, one from her tail pocket and 2 from her left leg. She seems in good spirits and is even playful at times.
She has a skin condition which I believe may be a staph infection but the skin specialist has not said that. It may be related to the cancer, I don’t know. She is currently on antibiotics, chlorhexidine lotion and medicated shampoo now for over 30 days. She scratches constantly to the point where she is opening bloody wounds under her chin and under her front pits. Her skin around her little butt is in a constant shade of pink to red. She takes Benadryl occasionally but only lately now that the itching seems very severe. She also takes a heart pill to remove excess water so her bowls are slightly runny but not bad.
It’s very important to me that I do what I can to fight this bacterial skin infection and make her as comfortable as possible. I’ve lost faith in the dermatologist so I’m asking these questions.
I would like to know about the raw diet (she is currently on potato and rabbit) which helped firm up her stools, but was wondering if I should switch over to a raw diet as she has had digestive problems for some time. I’ve read the digestive problems can cause skin problems. So I’m hoping this can be resolved with a diet change.
Also, can anyone recommend a probiotic? I was thinking a probiotic mixed with a raw diet may help ease the itching long enough for the antibiotics to kill the bacteria.
Finally, any and all advice on how to fight a bacterial skin infection would be greatly appreciated. I don’t think I can do much about the cancer except love her as much as I can.
Thank you all so much in advance