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Old 01-24-2010, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My boxer is about a year old and she recently developed bumps on her face and a few on her front legs. These have lasted for 5 days now and have not seemed to go down or lessen at all. They do not seem to bother her, she is not itching at them.

We had a fire ant hill in our back yard we did not know about and she got attacked by them several months ago. Those swelled and caused her face to have a lump the size of a softball on it. Benedryl did the job for her. These lumps look nothing like it.

This happened on Wednesday night while we were at church. We took her with us and had her in the car since she can be a little destructive on her own and it was raining so we could not leave her in the yard. She was supervised by the kids and brought out frequently for walks.

I will attach a picture so you can see them. Is this something I should be concerned with or maybe just hives. Maybe some kind of bug bite or sting? We just got a kitten and she does bat at her face and forearms where the bumps are.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lola's bee stings look a lot like that.. she has an obbsession with bees, she needs to harrass them, torture them and then try and eat them... she has yet to learn.
But it looks like a bee sting to me.
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Wow, looks like some sort of hives. You have to be really careful with any bug bites/stings as she can go into anaphylactic shock. Keep close eye on her to make sure there's no respiratory reaction. I'd call the emergency vet and ask for advice today. Hopefully, they'll give you some advice for free. Since you say it's five days now -- I'm no vet -- it may just be a skin-related allergic reaction, unless there are other types of symptoms. You can give her benadryl to "stop" the histamine.

Is she acting okay??? Seem depressed, lethargic? If so, go to emergency vet ASAP. Good luck with this, and please keep us posted.

Oh, and FYI, dogs can be allergic to cats. Or another thought, what type of litter are you using since you say the cat bats at her? Could be an allergy to the litter as well. Just trying to throw things out at you as to what it may be.
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Poor baby. Looks like a reaction to a bite or sting.

Be careful with kittens/cats because they carry a lot of bacteria under their claws and a scratch can be deep trapping bacteria inside wounds.

I was thinking I was going to talk about keeping vinegar in the dog's water for healthy skin, but not so sure the problem you are having calls for it.

Sorry I could not have been of more help.
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Have you given her some bendryl to see if it helps clear it up?
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We did give her a benadryl when they first appeared and it didnt do anything. As of today, 6 days later, she still has them on her face. They do not seem to itch or bother her in any way. She is still happy and playful and listens.

They did change though in the last 2 days...they went from being hard and scaly feeling to being softer and smoother. I squeezed one and some stuff came from it, but she would not tolerate me poking at her and I felt bad. They don't seem any smaller, but now are more skin colored, kinda pinkish.

Here is a picture of her today. Don't mind the drool, she was just running all over the yard!
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Poor baby. Definitely an allergic response. Sugar once played with our cat's catnip and developed hives on to of her head. We were told to give her some Benadryl and it alleviated it a bit. It took a while for it to clear up and heal. I want to say maybe 2 weeks or so. But definitely take her to the vet.
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We took her to the vet last night and he used the UV light and said it was not worms or mites. He did a skin scraping and said it doesnt look like anything else in his books. He thinks it is an allergic reaction to something, probably the cat. Got the cat her shots and deworm pill again and she looks good too. Doctor gave her a steriod shot and some antibiotic pills to see if that will take them down. If they do not clear up, he wants to do a biopsy and check on cancer. She is only 13 months old....can't imagine her having cancer so young. Anyway....that is the update for now.

The spots are going back to her muzzle color and hair is growing back over them again. They still don't bother her and she is still just as active and playful as ever!

We changed cat litter brands and types last night to a clay type and got a box that would be harder for Abbi to get into. Hopefully something will help her out!
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UGH!!!! Antibiotics and steroids!! WHY do vets do this???? Just be careful with the steroids. They just overuse them because they can eliminate "symptoms" so quickly. Please know that steroids are only suppressing your dog's immune system; i.e., telling the immune system to stop doing what it's SUPPOSED TO DO!!! When something in your system is disrupted, imbalanced, or is trying to rid toxins from the body, your immune system reacts. It could take many, many forms, but a rash is one of them.

And what the heck does the dog need antibiotics for??? Is he testing the scrapings for a type of bacteria??? If not, I'd get on the phone and tell him he better. Without knowing what bacteria it truly is, IF IT'S BACTERIAL RELATED AT ALL, how's he supposed to know what antibiotic to use? You have to make sure the strain of bacteria will be susceptible to whatever antibiotic is used.

Make sure you supplement probiotics while using antibiotics; otherwise, the depletion of good bacteria due to antibiotic use will wreak havoc later. Just be sure to give at least 2 hrs after the antibiotic. Solaray and Ultimate Flora brands are good to use -- they're found in refrigerator in health food stores/vitamin stores.


Drummerguy, I'm totally not aiming my fire at you. It's just my disgust and disdain for the traditional vet antibiotic/steroid panacea mentality.
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We took her to the vet last night and he used the UV light and said it was not worms or mites. He did a skin scraping and said it doesnt look like anything else in his books. He thinks it is an allergic reaction to something, probably the cat. Got the cat her shots and deworm pill again and she looks good too. Doctor gave her a steriod shot and some antibiotic pills to see if that will take them down. If they do not clear up, he wants to do a biopsy and check on cancer. She is only 13 months old....can't imagine her having cancer so young. Anyway....that is the update for now.

The spots are going back to her muzzle color and hair is growing back over them again. They still don't bother her and she is still just as active and playful as ever!

We changed cat litter brands and types last night to a clay type and got a box that would be harder for Abbi to get into. Hopefully something will help her out!
Hey, I just wanted to post because someone else posted about a balding spot on their dog. When I was looking for a link to post, I read an article stating that ringworm does NOT always show up on UV light test or by examination under microscope by the untrained eye!

And FYI, ringworm is a fungus and not a worm!

Just wondering how your girl is doing. If these bumps are still present, I'd take her back to the vet to get the bumps scraped and cultured for ringworm. If it is ringworm, and if you don't want your girl dipped in some chemical that YOU have to wear a mask and gloves to apply, a natural remedy is Neem oil. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory. You can find Neem Oil at health food stores, and there are many shampoos for dogs with Neem in it since it is a flea preventative as well. Ark Naturals makes a Neem shampoo for dogs as well as Organix South.

Also, I read that CATS are more susceptible than dogs and they don't always have the same obvious symptoms; i.e., balding, circular patches. Since you have a cat and you say the cat has batted at the dog, I'm wondering if your cat isn't the "carrier".

neem, neem oil

Best of luck to you. Keep us posted.

P.S. I'm not sure about the use of neem on cats. A lot of essential oils are dangerous to cats as well as tea tree oil. You'd have to find a different treatment in the cat's case.
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