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Old 08-03-2012, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Eye bump on Max! Help?

Hey everyone!

Just wondering if you guys had any input on this. My dog got a bump under his eye about a week or two ago, I attached the photo to this post. I think he is suffering from allergies (i.e skin bumps, hair loss, itchiness, he also had an ear infection a few months ago etc.) but I don't know if the eye lump has anything to do with it.

I took him to the vet for the skin issues like 2 months ago and they gave him shots, antibiotics, special shampoo and a $300 bill but it doesn't seem to have gone away. I changed his food this week to one that was recc'd for dogs with allergies, so I hope it helps!

Any input on the eye lump or skin issues would be greatly appreciated!!

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Did you have a biopsy done on the lump by his eye?
For the hair loss and itchiness did you have a skin scraping done to check for mange?
Allergies seem to be a growing problem, but I would be more concerned wih the lump by his eye right now. Has it gotten bigger since you first saw it?

What age is your pup?
What do the other skin bumps look like?

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Did you have a biopsy done on the lump by his eye?
For the hair loss and itchiness did you have a skin scraping done to check for mange?
Allergies seem to be a growing problem, but I would be more concerned wih the lump by his eye right now. Has it gotten bigger since you first saw it?

What age is your pup?
What do the other skin bumps look like?

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Did not do a biopsy on the eye lump yet, was waiting to see if it went away.

When I took him to the vet they did some tests & gave him the antibiotics and like 2 shots. They did not mention mange tho.

The lump may have gotten a tad bigger but not much. My boxer is 4 yrs old and the skin bumps are really small. It kinda seems like pimples on the skin, under the hair. Eventually there is some hair loss in a few of them. His skin has gotten better recently, though. I am giving him benadryl for a few days to see if the bumps and itching goes away.

It's frustrating to take him to the vet though because each time its this hugee bill and they just give him a shot and a few pills. No further explanations or concerns. Like, what could be causing the skin issues etc. :/
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Have you considered switching vets?

Allergies are tough because it could be food related or it could be environmental. Are the allergies year long or seasonal?
The little pimples - are they just anywhere or localized like on the abdomen?
Could they be flea bites?
Some dogs are actually allergic to flea saliva.
Is he on a flea deterrent?

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Have you considered switching vets?

Allergies are tough because it could be food related or it could be environmental. Are the allergies year long or seasonal?
The little pimples - are they just anywhere or localized like on the abdomen?
Could they be flea bites?
Some dogs are actually allergic to flea saliva.
Is he on a flea deterrent?

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I guess I could switch vets, I'll have to look into finding another one.

I think his allergies are seasonal, especially in the summer. It happened to him last summer too but the benadryl made it go away. The heat is terrible here though, we live in South Florida!

The pimples are mostly on his sides, like his rib cage area. I have given him stuff for fleas before. I put the liquid along his spine that comes in a little bottle. Maybe I could give him another cycle and get him a flea collar as well?

Thanks a lot for your input, btw!!
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Are you near the beach, or is it very sandy where you are?
The little pimples could be sand fleas maybe?
Do you keep him inside for the most part?

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Are you near the beach, or is it very sandy where you are?
The little pimples could be sand fleas maybe?
Do you keep him inside for the most part?

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No, we aren't very close to the beach. He is outdoors all the time. There are a bunch of dogs at our backdoor neighbor's yard so fleas are very likely.

An issue that I do see a lot with my dog is that there are flies/mosquitos around him (flies/mosquitos are extremely common here in the summer, they are everywhere!). I don't know if they could always be causing some of his skin issues. We keep him as clean as we can but it's a never ending battle since he lies on the dirt. I even bought him a new bed with a hypoallergenic cover so that we can always keep it clean.
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You should bring him indoors.
Boxers don't tolerate the heat well and mosquito bites can cause a lot of itching and hive like bumps.
You have him on heartworm preventative I hope?
Mosquitos cause heartworm.
You can treat your property for fleas with food grade diatomaceous earth. It is all natural and will kill any insect with an exoskeleton.
Here's a link on some info about it, but I get mine from Amazon
Food grade diatomaceous earth for flea and tick treatment.

You should also have him on a monthly flea/tick preventative.
I use an all natural one called Sentry Natural Defense, but I also treat my yard with the diatomaceous earth.

I would probably have that lump by his eye checked out though - either have it biopsied or have it removed and then biopsied.
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outdoor all the time as in outside a lot or is an outside dog? Will be much harder to diagnose if it's an outside dog in south florida so would help if you could explain which?
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You should bring him indoors.
Boxers don't tolerate the heat well and mosquito bites can cause a lot of itching and hive like bumps.
You have him on heartworm preventative I hope?
Mosquitos cause heartworm.
You can treat your property for fleas with food grade diatomaceous earth. It is all natural and will kill any insect with an exoskeleton.
Here's a link on some info about it, but I get mine from Amazon
Food grade diatomaceous earth for flea and tick treatment.

You should also have him on a monthly flea/tick preventative.
I use an all natural one called Sentry Natural Defense, but I also treat my yard with the diatomaceous earth.

I would probably have that lump by his eye checked out though - either have it biopsied or have it removed and then biopsied.
Unfortunately, having him indoors is not an option. He's always been outside. Never had any issues til last summer. My uncle uses pesticides for the backyard to keep fleas and stuff away but it's never a sure thing. I will definitely look into getting the one you just recc'd. Thanks!!

As for heart worm prevention, I don't give him any meds or supplements for that. My vet never told me about it. I just take him for his yearly check up and vaccinations (im not sure if the vet gives him anything for it, thought). Any specific meds you recommend?

I do try to keep up with his flea treatments but I will see if I change it up some.

Thanks for your help!!
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