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GoodboysBaddogs
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posted 08-19-2003 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoodboysBaddogs     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Any & Everyone,
I have a concern regarding these bump-like infections on my dogs skin. They first where noticed on his head, but after Benzoyl Peroxide bath it seemed to get rid of the initial bumps. Unfortunatly, my dog got attacked and bitten by another dog a couple days after. Then, these same bump-like infections that seemed to be under control (for the most part gone), eventually came back w/ a vengence! Now, these bumps are all over my dogs body! Their on his head, side of his face, his front legs (shoulder area), both sides of his body, his hind legs, and underneith (his belly and groin area). The hair stands up where these bumps are noticed/felt. I'm not sure if this is originally related to my dogs bite wounds, because he had these prior to the bite wounds. Like i mentioned they were pretty much under control, and almost gone. I think the stress his body/system went through in healing his bite wounds made these bump-like infections reappear... I have an idea of what they are, but don't know for sure. I feel like i've tried everything. I'm going to take him to see a vet very soon, if the problem does'nt improve w/ a week. I was just hoping anyone could give me an "experianced" clue as to what's happening, and what this is on my dog. How can i treat it? He's on a well-balanced diet. I give him different skin & coat treats daily. I gave him antibiotics (cephalexin) to help w/ the bite wounds (their all healed up). He gets good excersise (about 2-3 miles twice a week, w/ daily romping indoors). Basically, i know he being cared for GOOD. I'm just trying to gather outside opinions, before i go take him to see a veterinarian. Overall, he seems healthy, i just can't get rid of these BUMPS!!! PLEASE ANYONE HAVE EXPERIANCE W/ THIS, PLEASE HELP!?!
PLEASE BE OUR HERO...

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honeybear
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posted 08-19-2003 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for honeybear     Edit/Delete Message
I think a trip to the vet is in order. I dont know much about skin conditions but it could be allergies. Maybe he is allergic to grass or even a food allergy. hopefully someone else has some good info
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Maisey
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posted 08-19-2003 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
I would not wait to get him into a vet, I would go now. There are many skin issues, I don't think anyone will be able to diagnose your dog here, thats going to take your vet seeing it himself. Just a side note...I have been told that you should never use peroxide on a puncture wound(like a dog bite). Maybe ask your vet this while there, and wishes for a speedy recovery for your dog. Maisey

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puttin510
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posted 08-19-2003 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
The last time I was at the vets office there was a man who had brought his poodle in for allergy shots(cortisone I believe). Everytime something stressed the dog out it would become itchy.4th of July was the reason he was there last time. Your dog may be very sensitive. Another gal I talk to that had a west highland terrier broke out with bumps like you speak of and the only thing that would help him was prednisone. So its time for your vet to take a look at him, sorry to say.

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goob
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posted 08-20-2003 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for goob     Edit/Delete Message
It could be allergies to something in the food or environment... grass, mold (especially with all the rain some areas have been having lately), etc. It could also be irritation from something else, I know that our dogs can get pretty scratched up by the grass and weeds when I take them out to run in a nearby field if I'm not careful where I let them loose... sometimes even in the shorter grass, their bellies/legs still get irritated and can get little hive-like bumps. It's also possible that it's bug bites... that problem could be solved simply by using a repellent (made for animals) on him before taking him out when the mosquitos are out. There are a ton of things that could be causing the bumps, the best way to find out what it is is to see the vet . Be careful though about what they use to treat it if they decide he needs something to clear it up... some of the products they use to control itching/imflammation(sp?) can have nasty side effects, worse than being itchy for a while. Make sure you do some research, and don't be afraid to ask your vet questions.

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GoodboysBaddogs
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posted 08-21-2003 01:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoodboysBaddogs     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Everybody!!!--------------------------Your "experianced" opinions & advice are GREATLY appreciated.
I've been treating him w/ an herbal treatment (oral/tincture). It's a mixture of about 10 different herbs or so. All the ingredients are made/mixed to aid the body to heal skin problems and boost the immune- system, etc, etc. I did some resaerch a while back & decided to go this route and see how it works. The main ingredient is Echinacea. Has anyone use this particular herb for anything before? Hoping to hear/read some personal testimonials. I simply picked up a vile at a health food store. So far it seems to be working (slowly) and looks as though it'll clear it all up. I'm also supplementing his diet w/ organic yogart, and giving him a boost of EFA's (fish-oil), and vitamin E.
Again, thanks to all that replied...
Dogs Rule The World.

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Maisey
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posted 08-21-2003 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
I use echinacea with my horse, I give it to her when the "cold" season comes around and the risk of a respiratory infection goes up. I also give it to her if I am planning on taking her to a show or event where she will be exposed to many other horses and I think she needs to boost her immune system.

In July my daughter took her to county fair in 4-H, I did not give her the echinacea this time before going....she came home sick as did many other horses who were there. She had some sort of respiratory infection...I gave her echinacea and Banamine (for fever). After a week she was feeling much better, after two..she is back to normal. The other horses I know of that went home sick, were all put on antibiotics, they got better a little bit faster, maybe by a couple days, but I am glad that I let my mares body heal itself and that my vet supports me when I want to give her a bit more time before jumping into antibiotics. I also brought her fresh dandelion leaves and flowers daily...I don't know what these do for her....but I know that she chooses to eat them on her own in pasture, she loves them.

Somewhere in this list, a person posted a recipe for a bug repellant, I can't find it now(it's 2 am and I am on flexeril and percocet!) but it sounds great to me and I plan on trying it. Maybe that would help, it has aloe in it, so it may be soothing. I would still have a vet take a peek, but it may help in the future on outings.

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goob
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posted 08-21-2003 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for goob     Edit/Delete Message
Out of curiousity, is the dog with the problems the AB? And is he predominantly white in color? Dogs that are mostly white in color usually have more sensitive skin than their more pigmented counterparts. I've been wiping down the dogs bellies and legs with a vinegar/water mix when I bring them in from their runs (someone on another board suggested this for dogs that get broken out), and it has seemed to help keep them from getting bumpy.

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