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9 Year old Pug showing extreme skin problems.

by Dan Speidel
(Indian Rocks Beach, FL. 33785 U.S.)

Hello,


The skin irritation on my 9 year old pug started presenting about 4-5 months ago. It started slowly, with a little itching, some redness, and a few sores (similar to mosquito bites) on his belly. Fast forward 5 months, and Bandit’s condition has worsened extensively. The itching that was originally isolated to his belly, and rear end has become somewhat omnipresent. Bandit’s paws are now extremely swollen, the redness, and nodules have spread (still remaining the same size) prodigiously throughout his body. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the increasingly aberrant hot spots located at the base of his chest.

I would be extremely appreciative for any help regarding my pug. Though Bandit is not a Jack Russell, he seems to present many of the same symptoms. We have already taken him to a couple vets, spent plenty, he was given blood tests, and yet nobody seems to have any answers.

Bandit is fed a diet consisting of Chicken Soap (dry) brand dog food, as well as Nutra (wet) brand dog food twice daily. Added to those two servings are generally a small quantity of chicken breast, cooked hamburger, and sweet potato’s. Although, his condition is getting worse. We’re not seeing any weight loss, appetite loss, or lethargy.

He’s certainly part of the family, we love him very much, we would do anything to rid him of this predilection. He’s now wearing a collar that prevents him from itching, however, this redness worsens, including hair loss. Any help, suggestions, or possible causes would be so greatly appreciated.

Much Thanks,
Daniel Speidel

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Apr 17, 2011
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Well, it wasn't an allergy
by: Anonymous

Thank you all for for taking the time to respond by offering extremely valid, and logical advice. Unfortunetely, my initial suspicions were correct, and Bandit was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer. What started out as an innocent rash on his belly turned into malignant bumps all over his entire body, particularly his paws. Two weeks ago (Saturday) he woke up running a high fever, and his normally insatiable appetite was gone. At that point we had to make the right decision to euthanize Bandit. We tried chemo, a plethera of meds, and even holistic medicine.
All the medication probably (according to two different vets) probably extended his life for about two months. But at least he felt good for two months, and the best part....he had no idea how sick he really was....until two Sarurdays ago.

Again, thanks you.

Best,
Dan Speidel

Apr 16, 2011
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skin problem
by: Anonymous

I had a dog with crusty spots and I used hemorrhoid ointment [ not the cream] and I gave her a cod liver oil pill.It cleared up beautifully.She still gets a pill almost every day.

Apr 16, 2011
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skin problem
by: Anonymous

I had a dog with crusty spots and I used hemorrhoid ointment [ not the cream] and I gave her a cod liver oil pill.It cleared up beautifully.She still gets a pill almost every day.

Apr 15, 2011
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skin problems
by: Anonymous

My JRT's had similar problem. I thought it might have been poison ivy, however, my neighbor suggested using hydrogen peroxide on red welts. Overnight the red, quarter size marks disappeared. I was amazed. Try it, just saturate a cotton ball and rub spots. Hope you have luck.

Dec 13, 2010
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Re; Food Question
by: Anonymous

Yes, I’m currently feeding him hypoallergenic food. However, we’re approaching 5 weeks and it’s failed to palliate the symptoms. A food allergy was my initial theory. I also have a Main Coon (current weight of 19 lbs.) that started getting bouts of Colitis. After spending enormous amounts of money on vet bills, and ever increasing amounts of Flagyl (and not getting the results). I ran a couple of trials, and like “magic” all his problems disappeared. Absolutely amazing how a simple google search not only validated my suspicions, but also provided thousands of pages (apparently the two different Vets I took him to, failed remedial research in college) of data showing that soy, and grain additives are the number one allergen among our feline friends. I indexed his current weight because he was down to 10 pounds at his worst. Substituted Royal Canin (absolute garbage) for Evo…..problem solved. He’s now three, and based on his parents weight, his mean should tapper out around 23-24 lbs.

Any who, with that hypothesis all but nixed. I’ve taken him to another location in attempt to rule out any environmental hazards, or psychological disorders.

I’m down to about three theories.

1. This irritation is the result of a psychological/behavioral problem. i.e., possible Pica Appetite Disorder. He licks the area rugs obsessively, and their made of wool, and polypropylene

2. Irritation caused by a failure within the endocrine, and/or lymphatic system. i.e., Hypothyroidism/Systemic Lupus

3. Melanoma

Finally, he’s on the second day of a controlled fasting. I’m using peer reviewed journal articles for the research. Apparently, a 2-3 day fast promotes detoxification.

I’m open to any, and all suggestions. I truly appreciate your feedback. The input here has been exceptionally better than anything the vets have been able to achieve.

Again, thank you,
Dan Speidel

Dec 13, 2010
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Bandit.
by: Anonymous

Could it be his diet has anyone ever mentioned this. try this forum for more advice.lots of doggy knowledgeable people on here and they may be able to help.
www.jack-russell-terrier.co.uk

Ladyjack.

Dec 12, 2010
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skin problems
by: Anonymous

I have a small dog with what sounds like the same thing.
I was told by my vet to put hemorrhoid ointment on the spots.I also give him a teaspoon of margarine or a cod liver oil capsule a day,it's good for dry skin.It cleared up.My dog is 10 years old.I sure hope this helps.

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