Hi, guys. I've never posted in the community before, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules.
I haven't transferred my pics to the computer yet, so I can't give you guys a photo, alas.
Our girl "Bellatrix" came from Smokin' Lads Kennel in Phoenix. (She's Smokin' Lads Warrior Queen as registered.) She's, quite frankly, a magnificent dog. She's got one of the most beautiful heads I've ever seen on an OEM, and God himself could not ask for a dog with a better temperament than she does. She's just one of those dogs who are just naturally *good*. We don't have children, and while we do realize she's a dog, she is as dear to us as we can imagine a child could be.
After about 9 months, she had an issue with urinary tract infections, we got her the plastic surgery she needed so her vulva wasn't constantly being infected. She's very big for a bitch -- 33" at the shoulder and 220 lbs -- though she needs to lose 10, and I understand that the vulva was so large that it folded a bit and trapped the bacteria there. Recently, she somehow cut herself and got 3 different infections, including MRSA, on the inside of her right foreleg. Two wounds, both open to the muscle. Horrible. Fortunately, between our wonderful vet (for anyone in Tucson,I highly recommend Ina Road Animal Hospital. They open at 7 am, close at 1 am, 365 days a year. Virtually all the techs there own Giants, mainly types of mastiffs, and several of the vets do as well --they really understand Giants) and good nursing on our part, she's completely healed.
During these events, naturally she's been on antibiotics. Her lower jaw to the hairy part of her throat is simply covered with big pink pimples (that occasionally bleed), but when she's on the antibiotics, her skin is perfect. We very briefly discussed it with the vet who did the plastic surgery (Veterinary Specialist Hospital in Tucson -- they've got specialists for anything your mastiff would need) on her. She thought most of the skin problems were because she's almost always wet.
For a few weeks now, when she comes away from the water bucket, we rub her chin and chest dry, but I can't spend my whole day drying her jaw off from her drool --- and she's a very drooly girl.
I know we could put her back on antibiotics and get rid of the pimples, but neither my husband nor I want to have her on antibiotics for the rest of her life --she just turned 3.
I'm desperate enough to try and design some sort of high bib I could tie it around her neck and so not have to jump up every time she drinks. But that wouldn't take care of the muzzle bottom constantly being wet because of her saliva.
Does anyone have any suggestions, particularly for the under muzzle problem? She's such a beautiful dog, and while most people don't see them, I do, and it makes me feel as if I'm not taking care of my dog, and that's kind of a big thing to me.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me.