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Gianna Malatesta | 3 years ago
About Six Months Ago Or So I Noticed A Small Pea Size Growth On The…

About six months ago or so I noticed a small pea size growth on the outside of my dogs paw. we took him to the vet and they didn’t seem concerned about it but it has grown a little bit bigger (im not sure if due to it being irritated) to the size of a pistachio. he doesn’t seem bothered by it but occasionally bumps or scratches it by accident causing to to bleed. were taking him to the vet today to possibly get it removed, but what could it be? he is a 10 year old bulldog mix in great health aside from having allergies and being prone to skin issues.

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  1. Sarah

    Good morning,
    I’m glad you’re going to the vet. They can look closely at it and be able to better understand what exactly it is. Having said that, one of our GSDs had a strange bump on his forepaw a while back that I was worried about, went to the vet, and it turned out to be some sort of clogged hair follicle…thank goodness. My assumption is that if it is anything that needs to be explored further, your vet can take a biopsy or remove the whole thing and send it out to pathology. Hopefully it’s nothing??

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Shamar Sherburne | 4 years ago
Dog French Shepherd/ Lab 1 Year Old Female Not Nurtured ! Dog And A Cat My Dog…

Dog French Shepherd/ Lab 1 year old Female
not Nurtured ! Dog and a Cat

My Dog Has runny mucus coming out of his eyes, and is Scratching Quite often and has kinda smelly skin. Any ideas on What we can do to Help the dog at home?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry but there isn’t enough information here to guide you. I would of course worry about infection,, but there are lots of things that can cause this. Please see a veterinarian as soon as you can.

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Emm Cro | 4 years ago
6y Neutered Female, 20 Kg. SHort Haired, No Undercoat, No Fleas Ever. Skin Problems…

6y neutered female, 20 kg. SHort haired, no undercoat, no fleas ever. Skin problems started slowly over a year ago. Was neutered ca 8 months ago. Antibiotics given after spaying didnt make difference in skin. Started by getting black tiny spots on her skin on her tummy and then went to her tail and tighs. First vet I visited in regards of her skin thought it was scabies- prescribed ivermectin for few weeks- no results, got worse. Also creams for mites didnt make difference. In december 2017 got another vet who diagnosed hypothyroidism and gave l-thyroxine tablets. By that time her tail was already covered with blackish scales and not many hair. Skin got very good in month or two and got hair back and then started going worse than ever. Losing hair also from spots she has no access to scrach, swollen, red-bleeding itchy skin, scaly. Now looks much like albicans candida as also paws seems to be inflammed and earsare also not perfect. I undrestand Canine Candida is common with hypothyroidism. Got ketoconazole 6 days ago ( treatment is supposed to last 20 days total- she is getting 200mg of Fungiconazol 1 time a day for her 20 kg) and she has developed loads of pimples on stomach and inner thighs few days after starting with treatment. And skin still keeps going worse- ver red and bald batches. There is less swelling as I keep her away from sun. What to do? She is currently besides new addition fungiconazol also still on L-thyroxine treatment ( 20 kg dog, getting 2 times a day 200micrograms ). I changed her back to RAW food although food has never made much difference in her skin before all this she had great skin, no allergies. Skin does not seem to be influenced my weather at all- same in winter and summer. I have let her swim in sea every few days for a month now to help keep the skin more dry if it is yeast infection. She is short haired and no undercoat so he dries fast.
Nothing I do seems to make difference. It can not be anything contagious as I have other dogs in same bed and all fine.
She is in a normal mood but I can see she has pain from inflammed paws and discomfort from itchy skin ( I dont let her chew or lick or scratch herself as much as i can). She is not overweight, rather always been a picky eater and skinnier and always a lousy drinker- but now she drinks even less. What might be wrong with her? PS. I made Ultrasound on her tummy year ago when she developed a serious diarreah from one food ( there was something wrong with that kibble- as my other dog had diarreah as well) . Ultrasound did not show anything overly worring going on in her stomach then. That was around time when her skin started do get worse.
Why L-thyroxine only worked for month or two and then stopped working ? I also changed the brand but that made no difference. What should I do, how should I treat her?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    This is a very complicated case and a very detailed history. I think your time and money is best spent being referred to a dermatologist at this point. I also think that after 2-3 attempts to treat and failing I focus my efforts on a diagnosis instead of continuing to make guesses and treating for everything under the sun. To go back to basics I would discuss bloodwork, skin scrapes, cultures and even a skin biopsy. Some cases are more difficult than others to treat but you seem to be jumping and guessing to no avail. Good luck. Please let us know what happens.

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Paw Mama | 5 years ago
I Have A Mystery Condition That Causes Cat To Violently Scratch At His Face Constantly…

I have a mystery condition that causes cat to violently scratch at his face constantly. He lives in a cone because once removed he scratches violently. He only scratches at two spots. has been treated for fleas/ticks/mites. Skin was UV light tested. X-rays done when a mass popped up behind his ear. Not ear mites. No infections. Eyes were tested. Awaiting biopsy of a mass (removed)behind his ear & lesion under his tongue. Constant head shaking in that Cone has caused an aural hematoma. Vet is mystified!

A few questions. Can I give my cat metacam and trazodone together ? They were prescribed separate times to treat his destructive scratching at his head and face. We’ve since removed a mass behind his ear and taken biopsy of 3 other lesions. One under his tongue. He has been treated for mites and fleas etc. X-rays and UV testing. He has lived in the cone of shame for about 5 months now. He scratches like mad within seconds of removing it. A bloody mess everytime it heals. It is very localized which makes it hard to be (food)allergies?
He just had surgery to fix the aural hematoma caused by his violent head shaking and cone scratching. (No ear mites either)

So he is in an extreme amount of discomfort. He was given a 2 week injection of antibiotic and sent home with metacam. However. The ear now seems very inflamed. It is stitched down to a piece of surgical ‘plastic’ to keep from refilling I think? He is trying to scratch at it so much. He had caused a severe infection in his back toe from scratching at that cone so intensely. It will need amputation.

It is like taking apart an engine. We are awaiting the biopsy results but until then his poor surgery site seems so uncomfortable.
I’m not sure if I should clean it? His head shaking still causes the ears to tap at the cone edges causing such tenderness the poor guy needs to be so sedated to get rest.
Any advice is great advice! Thanking you in advance.

Symptoms started after he started going outside for the first time, one small wound turned into his face being scratched off. so I got him his first set of shots and an antibiotic injection. Medications tried include: numerous antibiotic injections, metacam, trazodone/tramadol for sedating effects to stop scratching. Cyproheptedine. Advantix/flea tick and mite treatment. His X-rays revealed nothing other than an elongated heart. I had his brother who died suddenly at 15 weeks (heart attack?)

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*** update ~vet visit for biopsy results **^

Hello and Thanks so much for your advice! I saw my vet today for the results. Also because My cat has continued to shake his post surgery ear which split the tip open. Healing post-hematoma has been botched. So they will be removing the ear flap and cauterizing the edges.
As for the biopsies I’ll summarize point form the microscopic interpretations.

Skin: ulcerative dermatitis, pleocellular with eosinophils, low grade to moderate with granulation tissue proliferation with superficial bacteria.

Tongue : ulcerative glossitis, eosinophilic rich with collagenolysis.

Mass from behind bottom of ear: hyperplastic/reactive, draining lymph node.

So basically what he said was its food allergy or an external (who knows what) allergy.
However in the report it noted that these types of allergies usually respond to corticosteroids. He was given about 3 cortisone injections which did nothing.
So at this point we try the vet diet like you recommended.
He will be sent home with prednisone for the recovery of his ear once again.
So basically what we face is should we try the blood test 300$ to narrow allergens down?? Or do we try vet diet first. (I’ve gone into debt with these bills )
The most pressing issue is how to calm the scratching at his cone, head and ear shaking. It is constant. To the point where he doesn’t stop unless we snugly bandage his ear/head. And heavily medicated him. (Trazadone) The pressure helps.
I just want him to be able to get some rest. And not have us constantly bombarding him to clean his wounds. Wrap his head. Clean his cone. Ouff. My poor boy. He’s starting to get real annoyed with all of the fussing over him. However he is actually gaining weight!
I also asked about feline herpetic just in case and he said there are no upper respiratory signs present. And X-rays for the chest and head were all clear.
I pray we find something that works for the itch.

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  1. Paw Mama Post author

    Thanks so much for your advice! I saw my vet today for the results. Also because My cat has continued to shake his post surgery ear which split the tip open. Healing post-hematoma has been botched. So they will be removing the ear flap and cauterizing the edges.
    As for the biopsies I’ll summarize point form the microscopic interpretations.

    Skin: ulcerative dermatitis, pleocellular with eosinophils, low grade to moderate with granulation tissue proliferation with superficial bacteria.

    Tongue : ulcerative glossitis, eosinophilic rich with collagenolysis.

    Mass from behind bottom of ear: hyperplastic/reactive, draining lymph node.

    So basically what he said was its food allergy or an external (who knows what) allergy.
    However in the report it noted that these types of allergies usually respond to corticosteroids. He was given about 3 cortisone injections which did nothing.
    So at this point we try the vet diet like you recommended.
    He will be sent home with prednisone for the recovery of his ear once again.
    So basically what we face is should we try the blood test 300$ to narrow allergens down. Or do we try vet diet first.
    The most pressing issue is how to calm the scratching at his cone, head and ear shaking. It is constant. To the point where he doesn’t stop unless we snugly bandage his ear/head. And heavily medicated him. (Trazadone) The pressure helps.
    I just want him to be able to get some rest. And not have us constantly bombarding him to clean his wounds. Wrap his head. Clean his cone. Ouff. My poor boy. He’s starting to get real annoyed with all of the fussing over him. However he is actually gaining weight!
    I also asked about feline herpetic just in case and he said there are no upper respiratory signs present. And X-rays for the chest and head were all clear.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    hello,
    thank you for the follow up. I would probably talk to the vet about trying to manage the current infections and itching while minimizing environmental allergens (fleas, household products) and attempting a food trial. I dont usually do the derm allergen trials until everything else fails. Just my opinion. Get your cat comfortable and see if this was just a one time occurrence.. (fingers crossed).

  3. Krista Magnifico

    Hello
    I am sorry to hear about your cat. I think it sounds like you and you vet have done a very good job with the basic diagnostics. I also think that the most likely place for the answer at this point is the biopsy.
    Your vet should be the only person to advise you on the medications for your pet. Please call them and ask for assistance today with keeping your cat comfortable and further self-traumatization.
    Here are a few hints based on the description and photos that I would talk to your vet about;
    1. Herpetic dermatitis and a famcyclovir treatment trial
    2. referral to a dermatologist
    3. If all else fails discuss a steroid treatment trial as a last ditch treatment option.
    please let me know how things go.
    krista

  4. Krista Magnifico

    hello again,
    I should also add a note about dietary allergy.. it might help to try a prescription diet like z/d.. please also ask your vet about this.

  5. Paw Mama Post author

    Hello again,
    Here is another update!
    Surgery has been performed to remove the piece of the ear flap that was split in two from hitting against the cone plastic so often (head shaking)
    It was then cauterized, and the stitches from the previous aural hematoma surgery were removed along with the piece of surgical flap that was stitched to his ear (to prevent blood reabsorption?)
    *Sent home with 4 medications
    -Gabapentin (via dropper) 2x a day for 7 days
    -Prednisone tab 1x a day 7 days, half a tab 7 days then every other day
    -Surolan in the affected ear 2x a day for 14 days
    -A derm cream to scabbed/wound areas on face 2-3x a day for 14 days
    -Strict diet of Hills Vet Diet Duck and Pea dry formula D/D food and skin allergies.

    We have surpassed all medication cycles besides the prednisone which is half a tablet every other day.
    Its about 2 weeks into the food diet
    Symptoms: first week scratching at his head (cone) and head shaking was reduced significantly. He was very playful and destructive (back to his old self)
    The 2nd week he started with a couple expected uncomfortable scratches at his head a day. But still eating and playing
    He has escaped outside a couple times (we have 3 dogs that need potty breaks) But he’s back in shortly as its gotten much colder since the last time he was out.
    Now passing the second week, going off most meds he is starting to scratch at the cone again…a lot, usually as the prednisone tablet starts to wear off? 🙁
    I’m not sure if its just his ear being really uncomfortable from all of the surgeries.
    however it is healing well! So long as he cannot get his back claws to it.
    We do clean and switch cones daily. we’ve found a ‘comfy cone’ which saves his ear tips in case he decides to head shake again.
    Anyways, Not sure what the next step is… Very tough.

    Thank you again for your advice, it has gotten to the next steps 🙂

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SUSAN SIRICO | 5 years ago
Fleas! In All The Years I Have Had Dogs, I Have Never Had A Flea Problem. About…

Fleas!
In all the years I have had dogs, I have never had a flea problem.
About 6 weeks ago, Phoenix had to go to the ER in the middle of the night (whole nother story!)
Anyways, week after bring there, she started scratching.. and scratching.. she’s always got Advantixx 2 on her, so she had a skin calming bath, 2 advantix flea baths, outside has been treated, inside has been fogged, vacuumed, beds washed, . and she’s STILL scratching!

Any suggestions before she ends up hairless?

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  1. Sarah

    At this point are you sure that it is fleas? I would go to my vet and have her checked for perhaps another type of skin irritation. Perhaps she was exposed to something other than fleas at some point in the recent past.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    First you need to make sure the fleas are being treated for. Which it sounds like you are doing with the advantage. It should be applied as directed on the box and every pet in the house needs to also be treated. Then you need to decide whether the home needs to be treated. Which it also sounds like to are doing. In many cases the fleas can cause a secondary skin infection which will require seeing your vet for an anti itch medication and antibiotics. I would also discuss switching to a product like nexgard, simparica, bravecto as these apps treat for mange which can be intensely itchy. Good luck

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Renee Stuebgen | 5 years ago
Hello. I’ve Noticed The Skin On My 2 Y/o Lab’s Belly (near His Genital Area…

Hello. I’ve noticed the skin on my 2 y/o lab’s belly (near his genital area and down his inner back legs) has darkened. Looks almost dirty, but it’s not. It’s not thickened, raised, red, no pustules or bumps. He also seems unphased by it. No itching, licking, biting, scratching. He doesn’t have fleas, on flea and tick meds year round. Not sure what it could be and if we should be concerned about it. Very hard to get a pic as he doesn’t show his belly often. If can get one will post. Thoughts????

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    In some cases it is normal pigment changes. And in others it may indicate a skin infection or disease. Your vet can help you discern which, if any of these, it might be.

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Jessica Leung | 5 years ago
My Two Year Old Cat Has Been Biting My Legs Recently… He Would Rub Up…

My two year old cat has been biting my legs recently… He would rub up against my legs before landing a bite on them. He often breaks the skin or take away quite a few skin cells. It happened again this morning as I was standing still at the bottom of the stairs about to go back up and I ended up getting extremely stressed out because of it and ended up pouring water on him. Is there a reason why he keeps doing this? Because I don’t know what to do. I have a lot of scratches and bite marks all over my arms and legs already and he just wants to keep adding to the collection. Or is this my fault?

Atari is a very sassy cat but, he can’t show all of it because of strict rules in the house. Not allowed on the couches, in any of the bedrooms, can’t be let outside. I’ve been wondering for a while that it is my mistake for his actions because I got him as a early middle school graduation present. I wasn’t able to give him the love he needed at a young age since, I was buried in homework, often procrastinating on projects, and I can’t let him in my room as my parents instructed me to not let any pets in any of the bedrooms. So, he stared at a closed door for most of the beginning of his life here. Summer became free time and I spent more time reading books and on the computer than playing with my kitten. Barely a year passes, I had chronic pain and stayed in bed 24/7 often sleeping as a solution to my problem. He would meow in the mornings at my door and I would call back, trying to soothe him as I wished to get up and comfort him but, couldn’t. I still have this chronic pain to this day and I’m still cooped up in my room for most of the day as I have quick access to a bed when I can’t deal with the pain anymore. I still love him. It’s just I physically cannot stay with him most of the time. Should I be changing my actions so, I can be around him more often? Is he trying to tell me something? I just don’t know anymore…

Plus if he keeps this up, Atari might end up in a shelter. I fought hard against my mother a month after we got him because she wanted to get rid of him and I really wanted a cat. She got Atari for me as a way to teach me what responsibilities I need to do to take care of a cat and maybe a way to convince me that taking care of a cat is too hard. She got him for me and she doesn’t seem to like him at the same time. She is also a victim to his teeth and claws. I’m worried she would reach her limit soon. She also can see what injuries I get each day as they can be quite visible on my skin at time and that might just add to it. I’m worried I won’t be able to protect him when the time comes.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    It sounds like your cat is displaying play bite behavior which is typically displayed as they become over excited or more demanding about trying to get your attention. Is your cat an only cat? Does he have anyone to play with? He is very young and he needs lots of stimuli and attention. I understand your frustration but imagine how bored and desperate you would be for a little interaction and attention if you never left the house, never had any electronics or entertainment of any kind (no books, no tv, no games, no telephone). Cats are active beings who NEED to be kept busy either with play, with toys, with a perch to watch birds, something. I would fear he is literally begging for attention and help in the only way he can. If you dont have time to play with him and provide for him perhaps it is time to get him a playmate OR find a home where he can have one. Atari is your families responsibility so please find some answers for him to help him. It is also imperative that he see a vet for an exam to make sure that he isnt trying to tell you that he doesnt feel good. Many cats tell us that they are sick by a change in behavior or by displaying a bad behavior. Of greatest concern is an UTI so a urinalysis should be done too.
    I hope Atari is ok,

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Diana L | 5 years ago
Hello. My Dog Was Diagnosed With Mites On His Skin And Is Started His Treatment…

Hello. My dog was diagnosed with mites on his skin and is started his treatment this week (injecions and baths 2 times a week with a medicated soap bar). We took him to the vet because he had a really bad rash around his left eye and he kept scratching it to the point of creating sores on his skin. Also the hair on his undereye fell out and the skin on that particular area is extremely pink and scabby (it looks like something is wrong with it basically). We took him to an amazing vet who took great care of him by making him go through all kinds of tests, blood, ultrasound, x ray, and all of his organs are extremely healthy which was surprising considering he’s 10 years old. He scraped a bit of the skin under his eye and according to what he saw under the microscope it was definitely mites. The concern I have is that he keeps scratching around his eyes and hurting the skin repeatedly. The doctor told us not to apply any topical creams directly around the eye since the injections will supposedly be effective enough. In spite of that, I notice his eye is red and watery and I’m sure there has to be some cream that I can apply to relieve the itchiness because I can’t stand to see him in any pain or discomfort. I also wanted to know if the best would be to get a cone for him maybe? I don’t know if mites reproduce and his eye might be getting worse by the day which scares me. Also it is really difficult to wash skin that’s so close to his wye with soap since it can get in the eye and irritate it even more so I think just injections won’t really relieve the most affected area which is around his eyes since I can’t go through with the treatment properly in the area that needs the most attention. Thank you in advance for your help!

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I am not sure what is available in your area, but these days I use Nexgard, Simparica, or Bravecto for any suspect mites cases. See if your vet can prescribe one of these? Also inquire about anti-itch help (in fact I recommend that you call the vet back and ask for help) instead of just placing an ecollar AND NOT addressing the itch. There are quite a few option available for helping to stop the itch,, and often in my patients I add an ophthalmic ointment to help the eyes heal and feel better. I feel pretty confident that there is help for all of your inquiries, call the vet back and ask..

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K Tags | 5 years ago
A Few Days Ago I Noticed A Scab On My 2 Year Old Cat’s Neck…

A few days ago I noticed a scab on my 2 year old cat’s neck behind his ears. He is indoor so couldn’t have gotten into a fight with another animal. He doesn’t have fleas (I looked even) Yesterday I noticed him scratching the area and when I looked again he had a rather large area of hair missing and a bigger raw area. How do I keep him from scratching it? Can I help it heal? Does he need to be seen?

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  1. Jana

    Well, if this was a dog I’d consider this a “hot spot”; type of bacterial infection which is painful, itchy, and can get quite nasty quite quickly. We had hot spot issue in the past; sometimes it required antibiotics and sometimes, when caught really early, we got away with topical treatment. Rules of hot spots is a) keep it clean b) keep it dry c) keep it from being scratched. Given that such infections can really “blow up” on you quickly, and the fact that is is painful and all that, I would see a vet. The best way to keep a pet from messing with something is to by doing away with the pain, itchiness etc.

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C M | 5 years ago
Black Lab/ White Border Collier…6 Weeks Old Wont Stop Scratching ..no Sign Of Fleas, Sores…

Black lab/ white border collier…6 weeks old wont stop scratching ..no sign of fleas, sores loss of fur flaky skin…I tried washing him with dawn, then we put coconut oil on him for a week or so and we gave him a bath in oatmeal / honey puppy bath…nothing working what do I do

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  1. Jana

    Fleas can be hard to find. More importantly, if she’s allergic to flea bites, just one flea can cause huge trouble. Whatever is behind it, though, from what you’re describing it sounds that you’re in the stage of secondary bacterial infection. As well as the Dawn would dry the skin and probably make things worse. Please stop experimenting and see a vet to identify what the problem is and have it treated accordingly.

  2. Anonymous

    Vet time. Especially considering this is an underage puppy.