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Old 12-30-2011, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Bumps on left shoulder

Hello everyone just a quick question...

We are going to the vet january 9th for Rusty's yearly physical and shots but i wanted to see if anyone else had an opinion on his bumps. He has a few bumps on his left shoulder and i thought at first he was playing and a dog bit him or scratched him but then they didnt go away. He has had them for a month now and still there and the hair in that area has slowly fallen out. Like i said we are going to the vet in over a week so I am going to be asking them to really look into this. Do any of you have an idea of what it may be or maybe you have run into something like this.

We are also new to being boxer parents (one year) but what do you expect for your yearly physical at the vet, besides getting the not so beloved shots? With boxers I know they are more prone to some cancers and heart problems, when should i be asking about this at the vet?
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have any pics that you can post? Both of mine are infected with ringworm at the moment, and my vet said that many dogs are getting it in my area at the present moment due to the high rate of rain that we've had combined with leaves on the ground that trap moisture. Contrary to what the name implies, ringworm is not a worm at all but rather a fungus that grows on the skin. It thrives in moist climates and environments, such as a muddy/grassy backyard. It is highly contagious to both other animals as well as humans. One characteristic of ringworm infection on an animal is hair-loss at the sight of the lesion, as the fungus feeds off of dead skin cells as well as hair. That's why I ask. But it could be a number of things.

Ringworm in Dogs - Pictures of Ringworm -Symptoms and Treatment

Look at Zoe's pics. Do they look similar?
Lesions that Suddenly Appeared on my ZoZo (sorry, kinda long)

For Bella & Zoe's annual physical, they do a physical exam and the necessary shots. Can't think of much more that they'll do unless they suspect something or you're noticing anything unusual about your pup's behavior that warrants further tests.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We always have a stool sample checked at their annual exam as well as a 4DX test (tests for heartworm disease, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and anaplasmosis). After the one year boosters we don't do shots every year. Rabies every three years and will have titers done to deternine if boosters are needed.
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Brian131 - thank you for your link and the picture of your dog with the bumps dont look like what rusty has. They are smaller and i can feel two right now in one area. THey arent red or any other color other than his skin color. Just notice that there is less hair in that area. I will try to post pics but Rusty and the boyfriend are fast asleep, i think they may notice a flash of a camera..lol
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How was Rusty's check-up ?
What about the bumps on his shoulder?

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Without pics it's tough to say...maybe mange (sarcoptic or demodectic)? Could also be allergies/hives. Oh- just realized you already been at this point- hope you got it figured.
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Not sure what size lumps/bumps but could be subcacceous cysts or fatty cysts maybe? Vet should be able to aspirate - stick needle in to take a sample.

No shots here for any of my dogs......there is so much info available now that suggests that it is not necessary to have shots done every year and that over vaccinating may be responsible for some of the health problems we are now seeing in dogs. My [conventional] vets just recently informed clients that it was only necessary to shot them every 3 years. I think some countries - Australia have also embraced a 3 year shot regieme - not entirely sure, but think I read it somewhere............

As Gypsiemouse say, getting titires done will tell you the level antibodies to the antigens - eg, parvo, distemper etc... If the dog has titres, then there isn't much point giving them any shots. Titres are checked through your vet taking a blood test.

Sorry to go on about shots, but I feel pretty passionate about this - one of my dogs has suspected vaccinosis I am sure as a result of being over-vaccinated before we got hold of him: http://www.pawrescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS...accination.php

Please let us know what the vet thinks the lumps are.
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we went to the vet last tuesday because all monday he was couging and trying to vomit. So in a panic i called the vet tuesday and by time our appointment came around that afternoon the coughing stopped so the vet was not too concerned and told me if it came back to call him. But the bumps on his shoulder he thinks are just a sensitive skin issue, they are going away and the hair is still somewhat missing but he also had a couple random spots on his head with no hair and the vet thinks they are linked. He is not worried but told me to keep an eye on everything. He got his 2 shots which he was less than thrilled about. Other than that he is healthy and good to go for a couple months. He is now all of 60lbs at a year and 3 months. I think he is just going to be a small boxer. Oh well we love him regardless of his size.
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