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04 March 2008


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Christie Keith

Fortunately, she is HUGELY improved from just one dose of the new pile of money antibiotics. I have never had any effect on anything I tried colloidal silver on, from rashes, hangnails, and cuts of my own, to my dog Raven's ear infections, to digestive problems. I'm afraid I'm a colloidal silver non-believer.


In addition to her antibiotic treatment, I'd be very tempted to add commercially prepared 5PPM collodial silver (i.e. visit Wild Oats) to the wound treatment to increase the microstatic antibacterial activity there. I've had very good luck with colloidal silver with my kitties who both lived to 21 years old. The key in their medical statements is that this is RESISTANT...

Christie Keith

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone!

Staph. aureus is one of the bacteria that can cause necrotizing fascitis... we had a huge outbreak of it here in California in 2004.

However, that was the hospital acquired strain of MRSA, not the plain old community-acquired MRSA. I didn't mean to imply Kyrie was at risk of that!

Leslie k

Hoping Kyrie is feeling better soon !


I'm sorry Kyrie has the misfortune to be battle a super-bug :( My pup just went through a yucky groom-shop-acquired skin infection, and it was no fun. She sends an empathetic aroooo to Kyrie!

I think you might be mistaken when you say that Staph. aureus (or S. insipidus) are what are commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria. As bad as having an MRSA/I infection is, necrotizing fasciitis is much more severe, often requiring amputation of a limb to halt the rapid spread of infection. There are several "flesh-eating bacteria", with bacteria in the Streptococcus family (especially S. pyogenes) being the most common.


Sending Kyrie love and wishes for a speedy recovery.


Fingers crossed for quick recovery.

Thanks for sharing this info.

Nadine L.

Thank you for that good information. Staph seems to be rampant these days. Hearing about it more frequently than before. It must be alarming to you, Christie. Rest and heal, Kyrie.


Have you had her thyroid checked? (The blood sample should go to Michigan State for this.) As you correctly point out, most animals and people with MRSA on their skin don't get sick. So there's a reason this happened to Kyrie. My elderly Collie would have died from a MRSA infection if we hadn't figured out that he was hypothyroid and started him on thyroid supplementation. The MRSA infection was the only symptom he had. His skin and coat looked fine.

Sandi K

Christie, happy dances for Kyrie that she has shown improvement! Poor thing. This is all new to me, thanks for letting us know.


Christie, hope Kyrie heals quickly on the wallet-busting antibiotic. Has your vet tried medical grade honey on these resistant infections? I'm cuious if what I've read is fact or fiction re efficacy.

Christie Keith

No, I haven't had honey suggested to me. I'm sure it has some anti-microbial activity, but I wouldn't expect it to have efficacy here, on an infection in the tissues. But I'd have to know more to say for sure.


Yikes! Not fun for anyone. Am glad to hear that 24 hours on new antibiotics produced noticeable changes. Which sort of brings me to this point. While I concede that a culture first thing would be good, wouldn't the results of a culture take longer than just changing antibiotics if no improvement was seen in 2 days? In my mind 2 days would be plenty to see the if the infection was going to halt in its tracks, if not start to heal a bit. I would want to know what kind of bacteria was present, but I think using a culture as a diagnostic tool might be too slow.


Just saw this on CNN:



It very well could be a spider bite. The brown recluse can have an extremely toxic bite, resulting in necrosis and death. Some people get sick and die, others don't, it probably varies from spider to spider. I got a bite, it was in my sleep, I woke for a moment, then brushed it off, didn't remember till much later...it leaves a necosis spot that usually turns black, and speads. The immunde system attacks the toxin, and it starts release of poison in the blood stream. There isn't a lot of information 'out there', but there was a public television program, complete with progression of medical treatment to death of the bite, and a laypersons scientific explanation of the toxic effect. I wouldn't try to explain it, other than when the immune system attacks the toxin, it is actually released in the blood stream and kidney and organ failure develop. It's two stages, first the necrosis, then the systemic poison release, sometimes months later. If it's only a skin infection, try surface treatment of Rosemary or Teatree essential oil. I am not a vet. Check with someone who's opinion you respect, but if applied and cleaned daily it should clear up almost anything. If it is a brown recluse bite, it would be beneficial if you could get further information, it's out there somewhere.

Debbie Snead

After reading your story, I would try to give her something called Virastop by Enzymedica. It is an protein enzyme and it did clear up whatever problem I had as well as my daughter's terrible infection. It looked like terrible boils, terrible, painful, skin condition. I also put colloidal silver salve on the boils and they never came to a head or got bigger like they did if they weren't treated. The Virastop is given on an empty stomach. I probably went through 2 or 3 bottles before it cleared up and has never come back. It is a much safer alternative to antibiotics. You also need to give her probiotics and enzymes because the antibiotics destroy the gut flora. Also goldenseal is a great alternative to antibiotics, too!

Linda Morris

I am glad your dog is getting better. My advice is about the medication. You can just buy a few days worth of medication then if it is not working you have not paid for the full script. I have done this many times and it really saved me lots of money over the years. Take care

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