The basset hound fights persistent skin problems and fear of cancer

Vets in the dermatology section of Cornell University Hospital for Animals diagnosed Daisy with a yeast infection and bacterial overgrowth on her skin.

A basset’s facial folds are a hallmark of the breed’s drooping charm, but for six-year-old Daisy, an allergic reaction made these folds go from adorable to painful.

When a rash appeared on Daisy’s ears and body, owner Linda Hayden worked with her local vet to treat the problem. After some trial and error with shampoos, antifungal drugs, and steroids, Daisy’s vet referred her to Cornell University Hospital for Animals for specialist treatment.

“She was crying, scratching. It was just awful, ”said Hayden. “It was a nightmare for her and for me.”

Vets in the dermatology section of the veterinary hospital diagnosed Daisy with a yeast infection and bacterial overgrowth on her skin. “Bassets are predisposed to ear infections because their ears retain moisture,” said Dr. Kaitlyn Peden, resident dermatology veterinarian who treated Daisy.

Peden and the dermatology team treated Daisy’s ear infection with an ointment containing an antifungal, antibacterial, and steroid. They asked Hayden to treat Daisy’s ears twice a week with another solution to help prevent future infections. Treatment for her overall yeast infection required long-term systemic antifungal therapy – a combination of prescribed drugs and over-the-counter powder. They also collected and analyzed a bacterial culture to determine the best antibiotic for Daisy.

“When she came back for a recheck, Daisy improved a lot,” Peden said. “She still had inflamed spots on her stomach and bacterial overgrowth in places, so we recommended an ear cream and cleanser for ongoing maintenance.”

With careful treatment by dermatologists and careful monitoring from Hayden, Daisy’s skin problems began to clear up. It was around this time, however, that Daisy’s vets discovered a tumor in her mammary glands.

“My heart just fell,” said Hayden. “She’s come this far with her skin problems, and now she has a tumor. I was devastated. “

The vets measured the tumor and, on a subsequent visit, found that not only was it growing, but more had appeared. Mammary gland masses are most often found in older dogs like Daisy who are not spayed or who have been spayed at an older age. Since about half of those lumps turn out to be malignant, her care team wanted to remove Daisy’s mass as soon as possible.

Neutering is beneficial for a female dog or cat at any age, and not just for preventing reproduction. It will also significantly reduce a pet’s risk of cancer and life-threatening uterine infections if done before their first heat cycle. “Pet owners may have heard of breast cancer in human females, but this type of tumor development is actually more likely in dogs than humans,” said Michelle Moyal, DVM ’07, Clinical assistant professor of primary care surgery, who performed Daisy’s surgery.

With careful treatment by dermatologists and careful monitoring by her owner, Daisy’s skin problems began to clear up.

The treatment in Daisy’s case was a bit more complicated as she was taking long-term steroids for her skin problems. “While steroids were needed to cure her chronic skin problem, high dose or chronic administration of steroids can affect the body’s ability to heal,” Moyal said. “Healing is especially important after surgery! “

Moyal and the dermatology team weaned Daisy at the lowest dose that would allow her to stay comfortable while allowing her to heal. His surgical treatment would be twofold: sterilize and then remove the mammary glands with tumors.

“I was a nervous wreck,” said Hayden. “I had the courage and took her, and I kept thinking, ‘Please let her be alright, please let her be alright. “”

The cost of surgery can often be prohibitive, and Hayden had already spent a lot on Daisy’s skin treatments. Vets determined that Daisy was a good candidate for funding made possible by PetSmart Charities, which established a two-year, $ 200,000 grant to support Cornell Small Animal Community Practice initiatives that expand welfare care, sterilization services, as well as urgent medical and surgical procedures for pets. company in Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region. The grant helps faculty and students provide veterinary care to more than 1,500 animals and helped get the help Daisy needed, said Hayden.

Fortunately, Daisy’s surgery went well and she was able to return home the same day with pain relievers and strict instructions for rest. After analysis, the collected masses were found to be benign.

“For me, this business stands out for all the great people who work together to make it a success,” Moyal said. “When Dr Peden approached me for surgery, she was looking for options to help Daisy. This persistence is the perfect example of what vets do to help their patients. The dermatology section, primary care surgery and technicians at Cornell’s Small Animal Community Practice performed preoperative preparation, monitored anesthesia, and ensured that Daisy’s recovery was safe and smooth. “This collaboration is a great example of what is happening in primary care, or general practice, every day,” Moyal said.

Daisy may have had a bumpy road to recovery, but Hayden says she’s back to normal: “She’s a big troublemaker! Hayden is monitoring her skin issues to make sure nothing new appears, and Daisy is now on a diet to avoid joint problems and canine diabetes.

“I am so grateful to Cornell and to PetSmart,” said Hayden. “I can’t thank them enough. Everyone from the receptionist to the students, nurses and doctors were wonderful.

Melanie Greaver Cordova is Assistant Director of Communications at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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