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Old 10-24-2013, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I was wondering if anyone could let me know if they have seen this in their dogs.
I have a 2 year old female basset who is healthy other than a large list of allergies. She is on steroids to manage her allergies along with an allergy pill.
Monday night I was petting my dog and she had a wet spot on her back, so I took her to the kitchen (better light) and checked it out, she had an open sore (the size of the end of a ball point pen) it was red and open and had some blood around it. I cleaned it and put some polysporn (for dogs) on it. Then last night (Wednesday) I noticed another one on her back, and then looked closer and found a third one close to the first one, this one was *****. Then this morning while cleaning them up again I noticed a 4th bump however this one has not broken open.

I am taking her to the vet tonight however I was just wondering if anyone new what this could be so I could press the vet to check all options of what these are.

Thanks for your help.
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sounds like a bacterial infection
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Or possibly ruptured cysts?
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I hope ur baby feels better soon, keep us updated


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Old 10-24-2013, 11:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Or possibly ruptured cysts?
that was my first thought but 4? there should have been a lump to start with as well
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Could they be insect bites? We have deer flies here that rip a hole in the skin to suck blood. The wound often bleeds and gets swollen.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi,
Thank you for all your suggestions. I will make sure I ask the vet about all these options.

I thought cyst at first but 4 of them? and she is inside most of the time, and its cool here and most bugs are dying so I'm not sure if that is the case, but maybe?

Im thinking its bacteria, she has had skin issues since she was a puppy and even gives her self bladder infections from her own bacteria. Her immune system is also weak due to her being on steroids.

I will let you know what the vet says.
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If she is currently on antibiotics it is possible if a bacteria infection that it is antibiotic resistant. If a bacterial infection you may want to consider have the vet test for résistance
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Just a thought, my folks had a doxie that was allergic to certain insect bites and would break out in welts, he's scratch, they'd pop and bleed. (deer flies, among other were culprits). the vet proscribed Benadryl and it really helped. May want to say something to the vet. I don't know where you are so I don't know what kind of critters you are dealing with.
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi,
So the vet said it looks like a Bacterial Infection (Pyoderma). She said she has never seen the Pustules so deep before however has given us medication and more cleaner to clean the pustules. I go back in a week for a follow up to make sure they are getting better. If they are not healing or more are coming then they will have to do skin scrapping and send for biopsies.

She thinks that this could be caused because she is on steroids for her allergies and they weaken her immune system.

They do not appear to bother her so that is the good part, but she looks soo sad with the areas shaved on her back. Poor Girl.
But thanks for your tips!
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