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Old 08-12-2008, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Unhappy Bumpy skin...Allergies??

Hi, I have a large dog who is half pitbull and half bull mastiff. He has had allergies his whole life, but we have been able to get them under control by buying expensive food, changing his bathing regime, etc. Just recently after about a whole year without, he is suddenly "bumpy" again. His back right foot is swollen and the padding on his foot is starting to come off as if it has scabbed up. We have tried doing all the same things as before, but nothing seems to work. We give him benadryl (not too often) to try and control the itch. It seems to work temporarily, but not for long. No matter what we do, we cannot seem to get these bumps to go away. They consume his whole body. Legs, butt, back, neck, face, you name it, he's got em. I was wondering if I used calamine lotion on him if this would work to dry some of these bumps up. I am all for natural remedies so if anyone knows any....or if anyone has this similar situation and knows anything that will help control these bumps, please please let me know. Thanks!!
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I'm guessing you took him to the vet with this recent episode.

Have you tried making a paste of Baking soda and rubbing that into his bumps. It is suppose to help dry and relieve the itch. I remeber my mom making ths up for me when I got alot of mosquitoes bites.
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Sounds to me like he has Dermodex,,which is a type of hereditary mange passed down through the mother's milk...by what you are describing.
I would take him to the vet if I was you.
Does he have a bad odor to him also?
It can't be cured but can be managed using Vermectin. Which is also used for heartworms.
I would just take him to the vet to make sure that it isn't something that serious.
I had a dog with the same problem. Stress is what kept making her break out.
It would go away then come back..over and over again. I spent over 9 months going back and forth to the vets before finally I had to accept that she was doing nothing but suffering.
She had to be put down, vet said it was the worse case that he had ever seen.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Could be a bunch of things, could it be fleas? it is flea season. also like you said it could be an allergy, maybe a "new" one he has formed as he has gotten older. As for the padding falling off his foot that doesnt sound too good to me. I would consider that kinda serious and I know I would go to the Vet at that point before your boy gets a nasty infection that he has to suffer thru. Sorry not much help but Mikado's Baking Soda paste does work, Ive used it before on my dogs with mosquito bites.
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I'd probably get your dog to the vet., with his foot being swollen and his pad in the shape you say it is. The bumps could be anything, including a contact allergy on top of what allergies he already has. Have you installed new carpeting, are you using any new cleaning products or anything in your home? You could try a 10 minute soak in a good medicated shampoo, along with the benadryl you're already giving him, and the baking soda paste as was suggested. What kind of allergies has he already been diagnosed with? Allergies are at a high right now so he could be reacting to that despite your efforts previously working in the past (sometimes allergies get worse or they develop a new one). At any rate, I think his vet. should see him to determine what's going on and to check on that foot.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
 

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well i have a year old pit and she has the same problems as your dog. I recently have went and purchased new food for her and it seems to be working. The food is nature's dite. It doesnt have any corn or filler in it. all natural veggies and oats and thing's it seems to be working. I alos went and bought a hypo allergenic shampoothat is medicated for her to wash her in. Plus I use benadryl. It's doseage is 1mg/perlb. This has been working great for her. Also booties is another thing you could try along with a cone protector so there's not biteing or scratching of the sink wich in turn will reduce bacterial infections.Another thing you could try is after bringing him/her in yoou could try wipeing him down with a cool rag to get off any dirt or pollen that may be on his/her fur. If nothing works i would take it to the vet to have some testing done. I hope this help's!!!
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I also have pit/Bullmastiff mix and he has mild skin allergies. They always seem to hit a little harder as it heads into fall, he gets a skin rash and gets itchy, but I can usually control it with a milk of magnesia(sp) soak. I fill the bathtub as full as I can and make him lay down in it for 20-30mins. I also always get a medicated cream from the vet. I can't remember what its called I will look it up when I get home.
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Have you had the dogs bumps tested for Demodex and or Ringworm?
That would be my first concern.
You should get the dog on Antibiotics in case of any infection from bitting the itchy skin.
Of course first diagnose then treat. If you start treating your just shooting in the dark and it may not help....and worst of all it might hurt.
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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I know this thread is a couple weeks old but I thought I would mention Cephalexin. Cephalexin is a broad spectrum antibiotic used for treatment of skin allergies amongst many other things. My Vet actually prescribed it for my blue AmBully, Charlotte. She had the exact same symptoms descibed above. We tried oatmeal baths, zinc ointments, hot spot treatments, changing diets and nothing seemed to work. We finally took her to our vet and he prescribed her cephalexin. Of course they ruled out demodectic/sarcoptic mange by doing a skin scraping. It was just some type of allergy she had....very common in blue coated dogs. Anyway, the point is that you can purchase this antibiotic without a prescription. Here is the link....Veterinary supplies and wholesale pet supplies online for dogs, cats and horses at calvetsupply.com! They sell it for alot cheaper than your vet will charge and is sold "for fish tank use". It is the exact same stuff your vet will give them and most vet supply places require a prescription from your vet. This is where we buy all our wormers/vaccines from......so much cheaper.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
 

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Thanks for your post, we both have blue pits with the same problem. Mine is twenty pounds now and I've done everything! Reading your blog felt like reading my own journey.
So I went to the link and now I can just order this medication for her?
The vet said she'd have it for the rest of her life and that it's a very expensive illness. I felt like I had to give her up...but I love her too much.
How is your pit now?? You give her this antibiotic and she's fine?
Thanks for your time.
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Well if you have tried everything else and it didn't work, I would say try it. I do not claim to be a vet but my vet subscribed for my girl and it worked in my case. You can buy it in 250 and 500mg. 500mg per 50lbs. It's a helluva lot cheaper this way than paying ~ $40-50 for a two week supply and it's the same stuff. I have several dogs and am forced to seek ways to save $$ My vet told me the same thing...I would probably have to deal with this for a long time but after she did her 2 weeks on the antibiotics she completely cleared up and she hasn't had a problem since. I did also put her on a quality diet as well. I would suggest at least a 4 star brand of food. Here is a link to that grades different foods.....Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble

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i thought my angel had skin allergies so i took her to the vet and it turned out to be a slight staff infection-looks like lil bumps and it didnt itch her to bad but it wasnt pretty!
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My girl Zelda is going through the same thing. Dry bumps on her skin and some bald spots from the bumps. I've spent hundreds of dollars at the Vet from skin scrapes, antibiotics, prednizone, and finally a skin biopsy but nothing seems to be changing. Negative for Demodex Mange. I need help just as much as you do.... I'm thinking allergy but it could be impossible to pin-point what she's allergic to.
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My girl Zelda is going through the same thing. Dry bumps on her skin and some bald spots from the bumps. I've spent hundreds of dollars at the Vet from skin scrapes, antibiotics, prednizone, and finally a skin biopsy but nothing seems to be changing. Negative for Demodex Mange. I need help just as much as you do.... I'm thinking allergy but it could be impossible to pin-point what she's allergic to.
Get a referral to a animal dermatologist ... they will run a test so they can pin point what the allergy is if any
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Hey i just found this site and thought i'd try and get some feedback. I read the bumpy skin thread. I was wondering if anyone had any results from their searches for solutions? My Mekah has Inflammatory Bowel Disease so the vet put her on Royal Canine Hypoallergenic HP dry food. She also just recently started having skin problem of rash/allergy. Vet did skin scrapes and other tests and hasn't pinned anything down. She thinks it might be skin allergy to something at home. I tried changing detergents for blankets and stuff she lays on and bathed her in some oatmeal shampoo and other antiparasitic shampoo the vet gave us. Nothing seems to work. Shes also taken steroids and a couple other meds to help ease the itching.

I dont know what to do to help her. My other dog Ava is unaffected. I wonder if she might be allergic to the Royal Canine food? Anyone have any ideas????? Thank you....
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