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Q: Boston Terrier w/ Weird Skin Rash

August 29, 2008 | By Aimsely | 3 answers | Expired: 2209 days ago

Aimsely

Anyone else have a boston or any dog that gets a weird bump, that breaks, then drys out, gets a crusty ring, losses all hair in the spot then it goes away and hair comes back? Doc says its a staph infection or allergy. Any ideas? My other dogs havent 'caught' it, it comes and goes thoroughout the year (winter or summer doesnt matter). He had a dematologist due skin scrappings (at the tune of $500) and was put on antibiotics which worked a little but the rash keeps coming back...

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Christina G.
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Aug 30, 2008

Does he chew and itch the spot alot?? if so could be hot spots, that's what my mini pin itchy has. He gets red spots all over his skin and chews and chews and scratches at it all day, I bought this stuff at walmart its a small bottle costed like 4$ it's yellow and smells pretty bad but it's worked great and it says it good for most skin problems also it's good for healing soars. it's call " Sulfodene, first aid skin medication for dogs". You can try that it's helped him a lot maybe it'll help yours. It's can't hurt to try specially when it only costs 4$.

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Robyn W.
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Aug 30, 2008

Did you actually see a board certified dermatologist? What other tests were done besides a skin scraping? DTM to check for ringworm? Skin cytology to check for bacteria? How long was the course of antibiotics? You may try a food trial at home to rule out food allergies. You need a food that has one novel carb source and one novel protein source (Wellness has some of these types of food). You must do a strict trial meaning that NOTHING else goes into your pet's mouth but the trial food--NO treats, NO people food, NO pet food belonging to other animals, NO flavored medications (which includes some types of heartworm prevention--you will have to ask your vet for non-flavored meds). The food trial should last 12 weeks. If your pet's skin clears up, you can try to re-introduce the old food again and see if your pet flares. If a skin infection is secondary to allergies, your vet must determine what your pet is allergic to. It may be a food allergy, flea, contact, inhalant, some other type of environmental thing. The gold standard for determining allergies is the intradermal skin test. Skin problems may also be be secondary to some other underlying health problem. How old is the pet? When did it last have a full chem/lytes/cbc? If the pet is elderly, an thyroid check would also be in order.

Hope this helps.

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Heather
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Aug 30, 2008

Get a second or even a third opinion. Ask lots of questions, and especially why your vet has diagnosed this a certain way. Skin stuff is really difficult to diagnose in animals if it isn't a flea or mite thing. If you have a university with a vet school nearby, you may want to contact them. I wouldn't use any over the counter treatments unless you know what it is. I would also try changing the diet to a very high quality, single protein and limited starch (preferably not corn). Lots of dogs have problems with corn and chicken. Going without processed treats for a while might help if it is an allergy also. Good luck!

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