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Skin, Ears, Lumps & Bumps

IMG_5331_New.jpgAllergic Skin

Alex,

I’ve got a West Highland White Terrier that has been diagnosed with an allergic skin problem. “Ralphie” has had some degree of itchiness, a patchy coat and reddened skin, on and off, for most of his adult life. He’s 5 years old now. At times, especially in the summer it drives him nuts. I have to admit it doesn’t help my state of mind a lot either. I’ve had him on courses of steroid pills whenever he gets bad, but I’m a bit worried about side effects on those. What else would help my little Ralphie?

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Eczema

Hi Alex, Merlyne here. I just wanted some advice about Matai, my giant Malamute. He has got his summer eczema back. I think we have to live with the fact that he will need medication for that every summer. It reared its head as soon as the season changed. I’ve also noticed that he has a round soft lump, under the skin more towards the centre of his belly and I would like it checked out. It’s been unchanged for a few months, how would you know if it’s harmless or it’s something malignant? Just wondering what tests will be done? He’s 8 years old now and is sleeping more. If you could just let me know what to expect I would be very grateful. Merlyne.

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Hives

Q. I was out playing in the park a few days ago with my mad Boxer, Ralph. After we got home he was really restless, was rubbing himself lots and came up in small raised bumps all over his body.

I chucked him in a cold shower, washed him down and he calmed down gradually to look good by the next day. What was going on?

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Itchy smelly ears are on the rise again

cute_ear_picture.bmpNow that the weather is getting warmer we are seeing a lot more dogs with ear problems, often the first thing an owner notices is the dog shaking their head or scratching their ear. Sometimes a foul odour can be coming from the ear and often another pet will start licking the affected ear as they are attracted by the smell.

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Lump on Throat

Dr Alex, I’m after some advice about a lump that has sprung up on throat of my 3 year old Scottish terrier. I felt it under Wolfe’s throat about 2 weeks ago and have been worrying since. I play wrestle with the little guy all the time and would have noticed if it had been there for longer. It’s about 2cm in size and he is scratching at it and making it red and weepy. What do I need to do? Steve, Grey Lynn.

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Lumps & Bumps

Hi Alex,

My cat, a massive 3 year old ginger boy, Rufus, has a lump on the back of his neck which is about one cm in diameter and is pale in colour with visible blood vessels. He’s got a huge mane of red hair and he doesn’t let me brush him much so it could have been there for a while before I spotted it. Do you have any suggestions as to what this could be? I worried now and can pop him in for a thorough exam if you think I need to. Kind regards, Sarah and Rufus.

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Mange Puppy

Good morning, I’m a volunteer from Australia living with my wife in Tongapatu for a year. We're working with the church here on a few things whilst discovering island life. We recently adopted a small puppy from a neighbour in a bid to 'give it a good start' and with some hope of bringing him home to Sydney. However, little Piko, appears to have mange. He scratches a great deal, has chewed himself to the point where he is beginning to break the skin and draw blood and is gradually thinning out his hair. Are you able to suggest what I can do? Also, are you able to advise when you will be returning to Tonga? We will definitely need to get your assistance with his export. Many thanks, and malo aupito! Drew, Hannah (and Piko!)

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Mite Dermatitis

Hi Alex, I have a 5 month old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who I think has an allergy. She developed it from around 2months old. She constantly gnaws and chews at her paws, legs and her belly.

As the day progresses her belly gets redder and redder and looks really painful and inflamed. I’ve been trying her on a low residue dry food. She has been on this now for approx 2 weeks, although don’t really see any difference. I have also got some steroid cream for her but find this very difficult to use on her without her licking it off and it doesn’t seem to have made any difference either. I’ve read that fish oils are very good.

I was also interested in finding out about the Atopica tablet. I really want to do the best for my puppy as she is obviously in pain. Many thanks, Lesley.

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Mites

Hi Alex, I have a 5 month old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who I think has an allergy. She developed it from around 2months old. She constantly gnaws and chews at her paws, legs and her belly.

As the day progresses her belly gets redder and redder and looks really painful and inflamed. I’ve been trying her on a low residue dry food. She has been on this now for approx 2 weeks, although don’t really see any difference. I have also got some steroid cream for her but find this very difficult to use on her without her licking it off and it doesn’t seem to have made any difference either.

I’ve read that fish oils are very good. I was also interested in finding out about the Atopica tablet. I really want to do the best for my puppy as she is obviously in pain. Many thanks, Lesley.

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Skin Allergies

Hi Jim & Jodie, it sounds like Alice is getting a fantastic quality of life with you guys, great stuff. There are a wide range of potential causes for her dandruff, especially if it accompanied by any redness or itching.

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Skin covered in red bumps

Hello, my name is Beth. I have a BIG question and problem to ask you about. I'd just like to say thank you first for all the hard work you do to help animals and owners. Well, I own a border collie cross huntaway, 1 1/2yrs old and he lives outside.

Starting from January he has been getting red bumps, scabs and pimple like things around his leg area including his groin, thighs and back. He his treated every 2 months for fleas with frontline and is bathed 2 times a month.

I’ve visited my vet 3 times in the last 2 months regarding this problem and have received creams, however, because his coat is very dense I am not able to treat all of his bumps and they aren’t working. I have thought of shaving the leg area so that I can apply it better but I don’t think it’s an option in this weather.

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Welts on Tummy

I have a six-year-old German shepherd and we have just noticed welts on her belly and that the inside of her legs and her skin has gone a darker colour. We haven’t changed her food lately. Do you think she could have had an allergic reaction to her new synthetic blanket?

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