Caused by the Staphylococcal bacteria, a staph infection is common in dogs. Lowchens Australia says that the early signs of an infection include yellowing pustules, dry cracked skin and red patches. Dogs also lose hair in the affected areas. It is usually treated with antibiotics, but many types of bacteria are becoming immune to the medication. There are several natural alternatives to try before looking toward traditional medication.
Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano, derived from the herb often used in cooking, can be used to treat a staph infection in a dog. According to Natural Dog Remedies, oil of oregano is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antiseptic. To treat the infection, mix a few drops oil of oregano into some olive oil and apply directly to the afflicted area. Test a small area before applying to ensure there will be no skin irritation.
Colloidal silver can be used to treat dogs with a staph infection as it is thought to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus. This means an infection can be cleared up quite quickly by applying topically using special sprays or creams that can be purchased over the Internet. You should always consult with a veterinarian before administering herbal remedies.
Calendula has many uses for soothing skin, but it also contains anti-fugal and antibacterial properties. With some dried calendula, prepare a pot of tea and once it has cooled, soak a clean cloth, bathing the infected area in the tea. You can also buy creams from natural health stores.