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What are Skin Blisters and Pustules?

Cancer, bacteria, and inflammation are just a few of the conditions that may cause secondary skin complications which can result in skin blisters and pustules. Most of the skin conditions that affect dogs are visible to the eye. As well, your pet will surely let you know of his discomfort because skin irritations can be very distressing. It is important to address a skin condition promptly in order to eradicate the underlying cause, and return your pet to his normal state of health.

Skin blisters and pustules result from various causes, and can lead to extremely serious complications. Bacterial infections can be the source of severe outbreaks of the canine epidermis. Also known to have an effect on the skin are autoimmune diseases. Skin eruptions can evolve to a life-threatening state. If your dog is suffering from a skin condition, a visit to the veterinarian is crucial.

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Symptoms of Skin Blisters and Pustules in Dogs

Skin blisters and pustules can cause much anxiety for your pet. Prompt diagnosis of the reason for the outbreak is necessary to prevent the skin condition from getting out of hand. Your dog may exhibit the following signs and symptoms indicating a serious problem with the epidermis:

  • Warm, humid areas, such as folds in the neck, may appear red and ulcerated
  • Pressure points, like the elbow, may have welts or scabs
  • Ulcers can also emerge around the eyes, in the ears, and on the footpads, anus, groin, or axillae (armpits)
  • Blisters can develop in the mouth and also on the skin around the nails
  • There may be scaling of the skin, hair loss, or bald patches
  • Yellow pustules or sacs of fluid may secrete blood or pus and turn crusty
  • There might be an odor no matter how much you clean the area
  • Your dog may display signs of pain
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Fever
  • Pruritus (inability to resist licking, scratching, or attempts at self-harm in an effort to stop the irritation and itch)
Types

Skin blisters and pustules can appear in an acute form, and may at times resolve (for a short period) on their own. In all cases, treatment is recommended in favor of resolution because a skin condition can lead to life-threatening circumstances. Additionally, removing the cause of the problem is necessary for a cure or control of the condition.

  • Pyodermas
    • Caused by a bacterial skin infection
    • Presence of yellow pustules that can ooze and itch
    • Mostly found on the trunk area, obese dogs and Pugs are predisposed to infection in skin folds
    • Also found on toes, callouses on feet, and the abdomens of puppies
    • Not contagious to other pets or to humans
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
    • Bulldogs are prone
    • Skin becomes red and oozy
    • Irritation is found on the lips, face, and vulva
    • May progress with severe complications if left untreated
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma
    • This is a rare type of skin cancer
    • Displays with itching ulcers, redness, and nodules
    • Unfortunately this skin condition usually does not respond to treatment
Autoimmune Skin Conditions
  • Pemphigus Foliaceus
    • Akitas are prone
    • The skin around the nails can be affected
    • Ulcers may also be found in the ears, eyes, footpads and groin
  • Pemphigus Vegetans
    • Presents with chronic oozing and pus
    • Is more prevalent warmer sunny climates
    • Sun is a potential trigger
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris
    • Appears with fluid-filled blisters
    • Become open sores as the blisters rupture easily
    • Found in mouth, nostrils and around anus
  • Pemphigus Erythematosus
    • There will be scaling of skin
    • Irritation begins with redness and crusty patches
    • There may be hair loss specifically on nose
  • Bullous Pemphigoid
    • Presents with welts first
    • Next stage is sacs of clear fluid
    • Can be very itchy
    • The most common places it is found are the mouth, axillae (armpits) and groin

Causes of Skin Blisters and Pustules in Dogs

Skin blisters and pustules can occur for a variety of reasons, some of which are listed below:

  • Staphylococci bacteria over colonizes
  • Warm, moist areas can develop a high bacteria count
  • Skin conditions can be secondary to allergies or parasites
  • In the case of an autoimmune disease, the body attacks the immune system
  • Healthy cells are mistakenly attacked resulting in separation of skin
  • Pyodermas can result from damage to the skin like tumors, urine scalding or bite wounds
  • Medications for illnesses such as liver disease or cancer can cause an immunosuppression that leads to a skin condition
  • Genetics may play a role in problems with the epidermis

Diagnosis of Skin Blisters and Pustules in Dogs

The diagnosis of skin blisters and pustules can be complex. Identification of the underlying cause is paramount to the resolution of the skin issue. The veterinarian will need a complete history, as detailed as possible, in order to begin the diagnostic process. The veterinary specialist will want to know the following information:

  • Specifics on your pet’s diet (brand of food, treats)
  • Medications your dog may be taking
  • Grooming products used (bring labels for analysis)
  • Recent illnesses
  • Travel history

The appearance and location of the blisters or pustules can provide a clue to the type of skin condition. However, the veterinarian will also need to perform certain tests to definitively diagnose the lesions. To begin, it is possible that blood tests and allergy tests will be ordered.

A skin biopsy may be done. It is called a punch biopsy and involves taking a small round block of skin. The biopsy may be done using a local anesthetic, but if your dog is nervous or stressed, or if the biopsy involves the face or nose, sedation or a general anesthetic will be suggested.

Another diagnostic tool is immunofluorescence, which is a light microscopy technique that can detect specific target antigens (substances that cause your immune system to produce antibodies against it). Needle aspirate cytology used to examine cells, and skin scraping, in order to exclude causes like parasites, may be done.

Culturing the skin, in an attempt to grow and identify bacteria, along with a fungal culture and adhesive tape prep (to examine cells, yeast or other abnormalities under the microscope) are additional tests that may be performed.

Treatment of Skin Blisters and Pustules in Dogs

Treatment will involve the resolution of the underlying cause if needed, as well as a variation of methods depending on the type of skin condition.

In the case of an autoimmune issue, corticosteroids, which are drugs that lessen the efforts of the immune system to attack, will be given along with other immunosuppressant medications. It should be noted that depending on the skin condition; some immunosuppressants can be given during flares only, once the initial problem is under control. An autoimmune related skin condition is rarely curable but may be managed quite well with medication.

In instances of pyodermas, 3 to 4 weeks of antibiotics will be prescribed. The antibiotics will be in oral and topical form. Bathing with a medicated shampoo 2 to 3 times a week is required, and in severe cases a daily bath may be vital to a positive outcome.

When a dog has an acute form of skin blisters and pustules in the folds of the skin, surgical correction might be considered. Surgical intervention to drain pustules can be an appropriate treatment also.

Included in the treatment protocol may be anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling and pain, acupuncture, light therapy or a dietary overhaul.

Recovery of Skin Blisters and Pustules in Dogs

The recovery of a serious skin condition is never a quick process. For example, healing of pyodermas can take up to 8 to 12 weeks. However, a mild improvement should be evident within 14 to 21 days of the start of treatment. Recurrent cases are possible and sometimes will need a staphylococcal vaccine in order to see results.

Attention to grooming is essential. The services of a professional groomer should be sought out. Removal of hair, because of the likelihood of trapping bacteria, is key to avoiding a recurrence of the problem. Continual use of oral and topical antibiotics may be necessary for some time. The use of bandages or an Elizabethan collar could be recommended by the veterinarian to lessen the licking and biting that your dog might want to do.

With the use of corticosteroids for autoimmune related skin problems, you will need to be aware of possible side effects. Changes in appetite (decrease or increase), panting, increased drinking of water and thus, more urination, vomiting, and inactivity may be evident in your dog’s behavior. Consult the veterinarian promptly to address the side effects. Avoid direct sunlight with skin problems diagnosed in the pemphigus family of conditions.

Never stop antibiotics or ointments prematurely. Frequent check-ups with the veterinary caregiver are part of the recovery (may include blood tests and urinalysis to monitor side effects of the therapy), as is diligent skin care at home.

Skin Blisters and Pustules Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Vinny
Cane Corso Italiano
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Odor
Pustules
Redness
Rash

Vinny has had this rash going on for a few weeks, it comes and goes. Now he has these 2 big pustules on his groin area and the whole shaft seems to be swollen. It doesn’t seem to bother him much. He sometimes licks excessively but not all the time. He has a greenish discharge coming from his penis that just started and he’s been quite smelly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
You should take Vinny to your Veterinarian for an examination and for at a minimum a course of antibiotics; it is possible that the skin rash and discharge from the prepuce is due to an infection would most likely wouldn’t respond to topical treatment alone. You should prevent Vinny from licking the area and bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hercules
Pittbull mix
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pustules

My 11 week old puppy has developed a puss filled blister right next to his gential. Is this harmful to him? He doesn't seem bothered by it and recently it started to drain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Puppies have weak immune systems and Hercules may require some help (antibiotics) to help clear up this blister. Try keeping the area clean and free of debris, but visit your Veterinarian for a check to make sure nothing more serious is going on down there. If you haven’t started vaccinating Hercules yet, speak to them about that too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little Guy
Mixed
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

licking
Weakness
Pus pockets
Itchy face,
Vomiting

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

"Little Guy" was dumped, found under our porch. Vet said at that time hecwas 3 months old. Today he is 7 months old about. Mixed breed, looks to be Italian grey hound, Pomeranian mix? Weights about 8 lbs. He has had issues with vomiting, food looks undigested, he's been on multiple meds for nausea, thriat soothing meds for like acid reflux, currently on amoxicillin. This pup has been through it all. We racked up an $800 bill already and still he's sick. He thrives for 3 weeks, then gets sick all over again. Back at square one. This is on going since March 30, 2017. He's on antibiotic now for pus pockets all over his abdomen and one on his back. We are at a loss. He's vomiting again and back to being sick along with these pus pockets that are bursting on his abdomen. We've been to 2 vets, a hospital clinic with still no answers. Almost 8 hours at pet hospital and was only told his sodium level was 137 on wed and 129 on sat. Many test, but no answers. At a loss and feeling defeated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Little guy seems to be having a bad time of it at the moment; for the vomiting may be caused by a few different causes, some medicines to reduce the level of acid in the stomach and feeding a bland diet may help. For the pustules on the abdomen, if a course of antibiotics is unsuccessful, it may be worth having a culture and sensitivity test performed to find a more appropriate antibiotic; also regular cleaning of the wounds would help against secondary infection too. The loss of sodium would be consistent with ulceration of the skin from an open pustule. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What city do you live in? If Little Guy is still alive, I'd recommend feeding him a small amount of plain chicken (1/2 chicken breast 2 times a day) and keep him in a crate & watch him every second he is out of the crate.

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Daisy
Great Dane
7 month
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puss

We adopted a Great Dane that was mostly outside. She has been with us 2 weeks now and been to the vet who didn't seem concerned. Daisy has bumps/ bites, possibly from flies, fleas, ants...No idea. They are everywhere, but the are healing for the most part. They are all along her spine up the back of her neck, bottom of her mouth, elbows, etc. Some possible scaring. Some still puss filled with a horrible rancid smell. They are not bothering her, when we get puss out we use peroxide, doesn't bubble. Any help appreciated. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Using diluted chlorhexidine or povidone iodine would be better than peroxide as the peroxide may damage the exposed capillaries and may prolong healing time. Cleaning the affected areas twice per day would be sufficient, but I would have expected your Veterinarian to possibly prescribe an antibiotic or topical ointment to help with healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Pit/boxer/hound mix
1 1/2 years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pustules
lumps on shoulder blades
Hairloss
Red skin,

We recently bought the Easy walk harness and it irritated her skin on both of her arms. Her hair was starting to thin so we stopped using it to allow healing. (It wasnt fitted properly) its been about 2 weeks and now the area is developing dark lumps the size of pimples. Her hair is still thinning. Today 2 of them pussed a yellow liquid. What is this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The hair loss and pimples may have been due to rubbing or from an allergic reaction, if you are seeing pus oozing from the area it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to have a quick look and possibly to prescribe some antibiotics to prevent secondary infection. Regular cleaning of the affected area with dilute chlorhexidine may help too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Walter
Golden Retriever
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bruising, not tender

My 3 year old golden retriever had a grade 2 mast cell tumor removed from his Right leg, it healed up very well, but 5-6 weeks later had a bloody area on his other leg, that had blood blisters that kept opening up, his abdomen has what appears to be bruising. He has seen 7 vets no of which know what is going on. First thought was possible histamine release due to the mast cell. others feel it was a snake bite, not possible. All blood work is normal, ultrasound normal. Saw an oncologist- she has never seen this and said it is not cancer. Has been on doxycycline and was appearing to be doing better, end of antibiotics and within 2 days, became a large bloody mess with bloody pustules, leg is swollen and obviously painful. Doctors have no idea what this is. Will be trying to get in a dermatologist ASAp. Is this a histamine reaction? We started him last night on Benadryl 25 mg every 8 hours, but vet today said to increase to 50 mg 3x/day. Please help!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

My initial response when reading was a snake or spider bite but I am sure that the other Veterinarians that suspected that would have rules out that cause. Histamine release may cause blood vessels to dilate and for an area to be itchy but I wouldn’t think it would cause this type of reaction that you are describing. If it responded well to doxycycline, I would speak with your Veterinarian about another course just until you have chance to visit a Dermatologist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Papules
Pustules
Itching

Medication Used

Cephalexin
Prednisone

yellow lab 8 yrs old female
bumps mole-like but bit of pus eventually breaks and is bloody
appear on forehead and jowls
she itches her face, back of front legs (by elbows) and jowls
she was on 2 rounds of antibx and prednisone (1st - 10 days, 2nd - I think it was 21 days??)
it went away but a week after the meds ended it started coming back, she's starting to itch again and has 1 mole/bump right now.
The bumps started one on each side (jowls)
Not sure what to do next.....have you ever seen this before?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Without examining Daisy and seeing the pustules, the only condition I can suggest may be atopic dermatitis (Labrador Retrievers are predisposed breeds) with secondary superficial staphylococcal pyoderma. Daisy may have developed an allergy to something in her food or environment, the itching from the irritation would cause self inflicted trauma leading her to have secondary superficial staphylococcal pyoderma. When treated with Prednisone the allergy calms down and with Cephalexin the pyoderma is treated; when treatment stops, the condition returns. Speak with your Veterinarian about different allergens and how to make an elimination test, alternatively your Veterinarian may be able to perform an intra-dermal allergy test testing a variety of different allergens in one test. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

the dog has pustules that are yellow-green and uzing is that contagious to humans?

what kind of water & food bowl does Daisy use? My lab had the same problem & my vet suggested changing his bowls to ceramic because he may be allergic to the plastic & aluminum ones. Since I only use ceramic ones his sores & itching have disappeared!!!!

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Sadi
American Pit Bull Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My Sadi had flea issues and was biting around her backside raw. We got her confortis and now she has blisters filled with puss and blood and still hair loss in that area she also has thicker skin in some of that area when you press down puss seaps out of surrounding areas. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sounds like Sadi has a secondary bacterial infection to the trauma after biting herself. When there are wounds on the skin, it is possible that opportunistic bacteria colonise the wound causing infection of the skin. Visit your Veterinarian (immediately) for antibiotics as well as antimicrobial shampoo (if appropriate). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has somewhat the same issue she does itch at least I don't see her scratching it just start with pus coming out her skin. Now her whole back is scanned up from her lower neck to her tail. No hair loss yet. When you look at it kinda looks like when a baby has cradlecap.

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Sasha
American Staffordshire Mix
3 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scraching

We had no AC for a week, So i make sure dogs were kept cool since i have always worried about them overheating or become dehydrated Sasha started developing lumps on both the side of her face and top of her head. She has had slightly matted hair similar to it she started scraching so i grabbed her brush she lay on my lap and i gently brush and i noticed her hairs falling and when i took a look she was bleeding from them. So i left them alone and she is healing today i found a small lump on her lower back i grabbed it to take a closer look praying it wasnt a tick and to my surprise it popped and puss came out then blood after i cleaned the area well and make sure it's dry so no bacteria grows around there. She is in good spirits, appetite hasnt changed and playful and loving as always . I'm still worried because that's my baby.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Skin pustules and blisters may occur due to various reasons, living in warm humid climates (especially if your air conditioning is broken) can cause dogs to scratch themselves which then get infected, the hot (and humid) weather can make an ideal environment. It is important to clip the hair around all of these lesions and to bathe any ruptured lesions regularly, a visit to your Veterinarian for some systemic antibiotics would also be useful to help resolve the issue. If this is the underlying cause, it may be worth cutting the coat short to improve airflow to the skin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much

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Rosco
Pitbull/boxer
1 Year
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blisters

Hi rosco Is a pitbull/boxer he is about 1 1/2 yes old and I noticed today a few small clusters of blister on his chin they dont seem to bother him amd he is as big as me so he wouldnt let me get a good look but it seemed as they were clear pus filled blisters and it appears to be clusters of 3 maybe 4 blisters, any idea as to what it may be??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sounds like Roscoe may have sebaceous cysts, if the fluid is clear there is little chance that they are infected. The cysts may rupture by themselves or you may start the process by using a warm damp towel to soften the area before lancing with the sterile needle (just pick it, don’t stab it); afterwards apply betadine to the area and keep the area clean. If you have doubt or Roscoe isn’t cooperative enough, please visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gingy
Shar Pei
1 1/2 years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My dog has some blisters on her, they appear to be filled with clear fluid.. she is itchy sometimes but not where the blisters are..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sounds like Gingy has a case of cutaneous mucinosis. Cutaneous mucinosis is a common condition in Shar Pei’s due to their skin structure; the condition also contributes to the skin folds that are characteristic of Shar Pei’s, in some cases clear vesicles can form on the skin which are cosmetically unappealing but not important clinically unless they are scratched open and get infected. The condition is usually self-limiting and will resolve without treatment before five years of age, the condition may respond to corticosteroids in extreme cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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My cane corso (5months) developed a ball that was like a jelly type feel over night we took him to the vet he drained it then injected penysillian in the area and gave me antibiotics it's been a week but the ball has turned More firm and hasn't gone down my dogs has like 3 small bald spots scabs which are animax ointment that has disapeared but underneith the nose a small blister my dog is acting normal nothing out the ordinary very playful eating regularly does not seem bothered by the ball no extra licking or scratching the vet advised to apply cold compressors which is very hard so now he mentioned warm compressors any advise? Because by having a procedure done to remove the ball an insetion will be applied which will be very hard to heal due to the location any advice

I have a 1 year old daschound mix. She has clear filled bumps all over her legs, and stomach area. Some behind her ears too. What is it?

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Vega
Dachshund
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion

My female dachshund is "blue" and suffers from color dilution aloplecia. She is having a bad break out right now and she has small bumps all over her back from neck to butt. Is there anything that I can topical use for her. We have done anitibiotica, steriods, melatonin, none of which really works. Any suggestions beyond going to see a dermatologist?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Generally colour-dilution alopecia is treated with systemic medication to alleviate the symptoms and suppress breakouts. Apart from the treatment currently being given, the only other suggestion I can make during this breakout is to use a topical antimicrobial shampoo so that should any bumps open, we decrease the risk of secondary infection. Topical shampoos can be purchased from your Veterinarian and in some instances your local pet store. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Put a few drops of peppermint Dr. Bronner's castille soap in a clean spray bottle filled with water. (Add enough soap to make the water feel a little slick when sprayed on a ceramic dish, but not so much that you would drop the dish after spraying it with the soapy water.) Pour a small amount of vinegar into another spray bottle filled with water (just enough so you can smell the vinegar after mixing).
Spray the diluted peppermint soap on your dog, rub it in and "rinse" with diluted vinegar. (You could just rinse with water, but the slightly acidic vinegar solution would help neutralize the alkaline castille soap solution.) Then dry your dog. This doesn't have to be a daily thing, but it should be done daily when she has a breakout.

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Jayda
Siberian Husky
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wound
Hair Loss
Mouth

My dog has what looks like a wound near her mouth and it looks like it's getting worse. I've been trying to keep it clean. She doesn't itch it or anything. But I did notice hair loss around the area that is infected or what not.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

A dog may have a wound on their mouth from fighting, foreign body injury (stick or something), an irritant or tumour. Jayda would probably be best getting a prescription of antibiotics from her Veterinarian and having the wound regularly cleaned with watered down chlorhexidine; it can be almost impossible to keep the area around the mouth clean. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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royalty
Siberian Husky
6 Weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Warts
Irregular Breathing
Pustule

my puppy have a small brown patches on her tummy and it seems like its peeling off and he has a small pustule also on his tummy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Dermatological problems can be difficult to diagnose, especially from a description. It sound like the brown patches on her tummy may be caused by an autoimmune disease (which is uncommon in younger animals). Due to the variety of different skin conditions, I would ask that you visit your Veterinarian to check Royalty over; especially given his age you should be thinking of vaccinations as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jelly
toy poodle
4 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Irritation

Does my poodle get infections from tick and flea prevention neem oil ? Or it may due to her throat inflammation pills? skin flaking and irritation gets well from anti fungal cream, but yellow pus grow on her leg corner after a morning i wipe the area with tissue dab of neem oil.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

If Jelly has an infection producing yellow pus, I would recommend treatment with systemic antibiotics and regular cleaning of the wound. It is possible that there has been a reaction to the neem oil, but usual side effects of use are reproductive problems, skin irritation and central nervous system signs when ingested. Neem oil is used extensively on the Indian subcontinent for prevention of mosquitoes, fleas and ticks (not very effective against the brown tick) as well as being used as a natural topical antibiotic and antifungal medication. I would consult with a Veterinarian to get Jelly antibiotics and to ensure that she recovers, especially given her young age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Opal
American Bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

Medication Used

Prednisone
Antibiotics

My 1 year old American Bulldog keeps getting theses blood filled bumps that break open when you scratch her. Huge areas her entire back is covered. Twice she has gotten skin infections that needed antibiotics. The first appearance were on her vulva but now they've pretty much gotten to every part of her except her stomach and face.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is difficult at times to diagnose dermatology cases as the skin may reflect the internal health of an animal. The blood blisters may be caused by a reaction to an allergen, an autoimmune disease, some irritation from something she comes into contact with, systemic disease or may be mast cell tumours (unlikely, but may look like blood blisters). Since there doesn’t seem to be any joy with the treatment of antibiotics, it may be worth a biopsy sample being taken and sent to a Veterinary Pathologist to see the types of cells involved which may help lead your Veterinarian to a diagnosis and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My American Bulldog has the same bumps on her back. What did the vet fond out when you took Opal?

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Remi
pitbull
2 Years
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pustules
Swelling

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

I just noticed some small bumps on the vulva of my 2.5 year old pit bull. She has been licking there a lot recently but it hasn't really seemed more than usual. There are two small bumps and they look like pimples to me. They have yellowish puss or something inside. I didn't try to squeeze them.

She recently started a second round of antibiotics due to infection from ACL ligament replacement. Would this antibiotic treat any potential infection that may be causing these blisters/pimples?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sounds like Remi has an infection of the skin of the vulva. The antibiotics for the ACL surgery may take care of it as well; however, keep an eye on the area and look for any growth of the pimples or additional pimples and ensure that the area remains clean (if you have some antibacterial wipes for pets). If the pimples are still present after ten days, visit your Veterinarian or if you visit beforehand, obviously bring it to their attention and they may prescribe a topical cream as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shiro
Black lab and cane corso
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Papules
Patch of red bumps on the chin
Patch of red/yellowish bumps on her chin

She has had a patch of bumps on her chin for about a month and one of them filled with what looks like pus

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The underlying cause would need to be established before treatment can begin. Your Veterinarian would be able to examine the bumps and will probably prescribe a course of antibiotics with a follow visit to see the progression of treatment; if there are signs of an allergic of immune response, steroids may be prescribed too. Treatment can be lengthy and tests may need to be taken to ensure the most suitable antibiotic for treatment is being used. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lila
Yorkshire Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scabs
Pustules
Loss of hair
Redness
Itching and Licking

I'm not sure if it's the change in food? A new groomers I took her to ? Or allergies from something outside ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The cause for the symptoms you describe maybe caused by a bacterial infection, parasites, irritation or allergies. Sometimes excessive scratching causes wounds which get infected leading to further scratching; try giving Lila Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to see if the itching decreases, if so a trial by error investigation can be done to determine the cause. If she has a bacterial skin infection, she will require antibiotics from her Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi! My puppy has the same symptoms as Lila. We've tried a food trial, antibiotics, and baths. No relief. Have you tried anything that has helped? We're desperate!

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Dyna
American Pit Bull Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Papules
Hair Loss
Itching and Licking

My dog Dyna has always had a tendency to bite and scratch at herself whenever she has an itch and she just tends to make things worse by creating scratches. She's been itching a lot recently, but this time it's on her back (normally it's her neck and chest) and I noticed that her hair is thinning in that area. I was checking it out and the area has some pretty good sized bumps... they seem to be solid or clear.
I was checking for signs of fleas but don't see any... could this be some sort of skin allergy? The bumps have been there for several days now and don't seem to be getting better. She's very itchy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are many different types of skin lesion that can appear on a dog’s skin; some are serious, some aren’t serious. Fluid filled blisters can occur for a variety of reasons including infection, autoimmune disease and allergies or contact irritation. If they are causing Dyna discomfort, it maybe worth having them looked at by your Veterinarian to determine the type and cause of the blisters as well as carrying out any allergy testing as required. These types of blisters may not cause any direct harm unless they rupture which may lead to infection which would require antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 12 year old dog Jady, has clear bumps that look like they're filled with puss. She's been licking them a lot, and now I've noticed another one near the pad on her paw. Her first is starting to turn a reddish brown color now. Doesn't seem to hurt her, but, I'm fearful for her.This seems to have just come out of the blue!? I hope this is not cancer and is treatable. Thanks.

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Lucy
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Bump
Blister
Licking

Medication Used

Heart worm prevention
Nexguard

My dog Lucy was stepped on by my husband when they were playing. The day after I noticed a bump, blister like on her rear paw ( the one she was stepped on) and it was reddish but she was not and is not limping. A week and a half has passed and I tried to monitor it; seemed to be getting better and I was seeing it drying up; however she occasionally starts licking it and it goes back to red and today in the morning she started licking it again and it released a little blood that stained the floor. Any advice as to what to do? I am starting to get worried and want her blister to heal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is always difficult to get a dog to stop licking their wounds; the best way would be to restrict her from getting to it either by dressing or collar, it will not heal if she keeps going at it. Make sure it stays clean and free of debris, cleaning with a povidone iodine solution; but you may need to put a boot on her to stop the licking. If the wound gets infected, antibiotics would be required from your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Layla
English Mastiff
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My female Mastiff has several red bumps under her chin. They sometimes pop and start to bleed or have pus coming out of them. We have tried to use peroxide to clear it up but has not helped. We notice that she rubs her face across her bed very often. Also her chin area usually is moist. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The use of peroxide may cause localised tissue damage which may delay healing or cause further complications; the presence of pus may indicate infection which would require antibiotics from your Veterinarian. The chin often gets scratched when a dog smells along the floor; these scratched may get infected leading to pustules. Cleaning the area with chlorhexidine and keeping it free of debris would help, but as I mentioned a course of antibiotics would also be needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rousey
Boxer Mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog has a quarter size raised bump on the outside of her leg. At first I thought it was a mosquito bite but I looked closer and noticed the skin was red and looked like a wound. I brushed it and the fur came right out. I squeezed it and a little blood came out. Felt like a cist or ingrown hair? I wish I could post a picture

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
In this case, just keep the area clean and monitor it for now, if it gets larger or starts to ooze visit your Veterinarian for an examination; given Rousey’s age it is unlikely to be anything cancerous so a conservative approach may be taken. Photos unfortunately are not as helpful as people think, many skin conditions look very similar and lighting, camera angle, camera resolution etc… can make it difficult to know exactly what is going on (also most pictures I’ve seen from owners are normally blurred anyway). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scarlett
Great Dane
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion
skin disorder
boils

I have a 3 year old great dane. She was bred harlequin to harlequin and is all white with few black spots on her face. I know double dominant great danes suffer from skin problems along with other things. 4 out of 13 liter mates were born blind or deaf, 2 have seizure disorders. When she was a pup she had pyoderma and demodectic mange passed from mom. The mange caused small pustules that rarely broke open but when they did they smelled of metal. The vet told me she would outgrow it after her first year. Now she has pencil eraser sized, small brownish red (dried blood), scaley/dry concave/shallow lesions all over her back and sides. The are slightly raised and can be seen as bumps because some slightly disturb her thin white fur. More and more appear weekly. She has a pink body so it is very easy to see her skin. If she wasn't white I doubt we would notice these abnormalities. She is loosing a lot of fur and sheds constantly. She also smells AWFUL after about a week of not bathing her. New vet is clueless & wants me to do a biopsy, allergy testing ect. I can't afford it. At 1.5 years she was still positive for demodex after conducting microscopic skin scrapings by my old, more expensive vet. I thought her skin issue was still a result of an ongoing demodex problem. New vet stated that dogs dont suufer from that type of mange after they are puppies. She was treated with Ivermectin orally and it never helped the mange so I just figured it would heal itself. Any idea what could be going on? She developed a large boil at her belly/side hair line that exploded a white cheesy and bloody substance. I feel it was related to her skin problem. The boil continues to fill with blood after about a week of lying flat and deflated, is the size of a nickle and when I press on it after it refills, it exudes blood only. She had a healthy TSH, and blood tests in September 2016. Her ears are clean and she is otherwise remarkable. What could this be? what skin diseases or issues do white great danes suffer from?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

White Great Danes are prone to a number of usual skin conditions, just more susceptible or overrepresented statistically. From your description of concave lesions with brownish blood, it may indicate small ulcers on the skin; it is impossible to say without examining them. In cases like this, biopsies are useful as there may be a cause or condition which is uncommon affecting Scarlett. I would note that it is possible that there may be something in your home which is causing trouble for Scarlett producing these lesions, try to think back if there were any changes in your home around the time they appeared. Demodex is a problem in puppies and immunocompromised animals, all it means is that an adult may have Demodex, just the immune system keeps it from presenting symptoms so if you look hard enough you may find Demodex on many asymptomatic dogs. Unfortunately I cannot suggest any thing different and would recommend a skin biopsy at a minimum regardless of cost and to keep the lesion on her side clean to allow it to heal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oz
Pomeranian
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Papules
Sneezing
Blisters
Scratching often.
Hair Loss
Licking

I found one lump/blister on Oz's low spine a few weeks ago. He now has another spot on his low back, hair loss, itching and excessive sneezing. Please help he's my best friend and therapy dog. He seems to still be eating well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The lumps/blisters maybe caused by a few different causes including infection, parasites, allergies, autoimmune disease or inflammatory disease; the lesions also maybe primary or secondary (bacterial infection of wounds from scratching). Treatment is cause specific, depending on the underlying cause, your Veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics and chlorhexidine to clean the affected area regularly or steroids in the case of autoimmune disease; the correct diagnosis is required for the best treatment to be directed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Krinkle
American Eskimo
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Swelling
Hives
Rash
Discoloration of genitals
Scratching often.

About three months ago my dog had fleas so we treated him with frontline. The problem kept persisting so about a month and a half later we treated him again and used several organic home remedy sprays on the home and yard to get rid of the fleas. Well we have been rid of the fleas for a few weeks now and he still continues to go through these spouts if being extremely uncomfortable. He seems to be having some sort of allergic reaction as he will break out in a rash and small swollen bumps in his groin area. The bumps sort of seem internal and hard. There is also some dark discoloration on the base of his penis. We have given him Benadryl a few times when he seemed extremely uncomfortable and upset. this helped within the hour and the redness and bumps would go away. However, over these past few weeks or so the hives flare up. Any insight you have would be very helpful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There maybe various causes for the bumps in his groin area, if you treated your home with a product to get rid of the fleas it is possible that the exposed section of skin around his groin area is being affected when he lays down in a certain area. It would be ideal to watch Krinkle’s behaviour and try to pinpoint if he does anything (like lay on a particular rug or other item) just before a flare up. Treatment with Benadryl is positive indicating an allergic response, be best course is just to try to determine what is causing the problem and if it is something like a rug, remove the rug and see if the condition improves. Plain old Zyrtec (cetirizine) with no decongestant may be given at a dose of 0.5mg/lb twice a day to see if there is any improvement; if the problem continues visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Thor
Doberman Pinscher
13 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Small bumps all over head and torso

Our 13 wk old dobi has little bumps all over his body. They don't seem to itch as much as I would have thought, but do seem to be spreading. At 7 wks our vet thought he might have puppy cellulitis and treated him with steroids and antibiotics. The bumps returned, so another round of antibiotics but this time nothing was mentioned about the cellulitis. We have a additonal puppy that is 9 wks older and the two of them play non stop of course chewing on each other from time to time. The vet thought it might be from the chewing or biting. It's been 2 wks since the antibiotics and the bumps are back in full force. They are not open sores and are small in nature. They did scrape him for mites and that came back negative. He has been wormed, had flea treatments, on blue buffalo dog food and had oatmeal baths. He plays, eats and acts fine. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Since Thor has already received treatment for suspected juvenile cellulitis which includes steroids and antibiotics, pyoderma and folliculitis maybe ruled out (your Veterinarian also ruled out parasites); it seems like it is possible that Thor has an allergy causing bumps to appear all over his body, there is easy to test this diagnosis usually by giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb twice per day to see if the bumps resolve. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trey
Small Mixed
13 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blister swelling

Medication Used

none

My 13 yr. old dacshound mix developed a round lump suddenly on top of his nose yesterday. Now today on the lump blister like sore have developed and are erupting. He also has a couple of the blisters on his snout just above his lip. They don't seem to bother him unless I try to touch them. I'm worried with his age it could be serious any ideas?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Blisters on the nose and lips may be caused by some abrasions from a plastic food bowl; stainless steel is better. Small scratches may become infected and lead to lumps and eruptions. I am not sure about the lump on the top of his nose, I would advise having your Veterinarian look at that as well as getting some antibiotics if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baxter
Pomeranian
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge
Scale Lump
Eyelid Swelling

Medication Used

Neo-polycin

My 7 year old Pomeranian has painful blisters on his eyelids. This has caused swelling, and discharge. He has been to his vet twice and she gave him a pain killer and ointment. She also suggested warm compresses twice daily. He is very uncomfortable, panting and restless at night and I can't quite tell if his condition is improving. We have been doing this treatment for about 5 days now. Is there anything else we can do for him? At this point the vet said it doesn't appear to be bacterial and we are unsure of the cause. How long will it take him to get better? He can't take an anti inflammatory due to a liver condition.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Your Veterinarian has determined the causes of being idiopathic or unknown, if we are unsure about the underlying cause we are unable to suggest a prognosis or recovery timeline. It is possible that the cause may be due to some irritant that Baxter has come into contact with or a type of autoimmune disease, but these would need to be confirmed by a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chewy
Labradoodle
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood blisters
Swelling

Medication Used

Cephalexin
Prednisone

My dog is an 8 year old labradoodle. Last September, he incurred a small cut on the front of his rear leg. Within a few days it swelled up and began to ooze a clear, bloody fluid because he kept licking at it. Went to vet, got cephalexin and swelling went down. Before it fully healed, he got into it again and licked it until it swelled back up. This time he was given a cortisone shot w/ cephalexin. After this, it healed quickly but then small blood blisters would start coming up. When they popped, he would lick them, thru would pop, and the swelling would return...again. Since this time, it seems like the blood blisters will not stop coming up, so as you can imagine his leg will not completely heal. The most recent time, vet prescribed short term oral prednisone instead of cortisone, to which the swelling is staying down. However, these small blood blisters continue to pop up. Also, it feels like there's a deflated cyst under the skin when I massage/touch this area of his leg, but it doesn't seem to bother him. Our vet noted that if this continues he may need surgery. My question is: what is causing these blood blisters? When we are not home we put an e-collar on him, and we watch him closely when we are home to make sure he's not licking/irritating it. Could walking him occasionally aggravate this? We are at our wits end here.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Blood blisters are formed when the intradermal blood vessels are damaged without the skin itself being damaged (like when you trap the skin of your finger in a draw), I cannot see the connection between walking and blood blister formation. I cannot think of a reason for the repeated formation of blood vessels. It may seem trivial but surgical removal of the patch of skin should resolve the repeated blood vessel formation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scarlett
Boxer
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My dog often times gets these bumps around her lips, chin, and nose are that are filled with yellow puss, and blood, and occasionally some form a small head. They don't seem to bother her unless i try to look at them and get the puss out. They do swell pretty large though, and they come and go.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

These types of bumps can be a common occurrence in Boxers due to sensitive skin commonly called chin acne and may occur when dogs have plastic water bowls which can irritate the skin letting in bacteria; stainless steel bowls are best. Keeping the area clean using diluted iodine may help, the use of topical ointments can be tricky as dogs tend to lick it off. If the bumps don’t disappear, bring it up with your Veterinarian at your next visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Vincent
pitbull
11 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Scabs

My dog Vincent is having these red bumps pop up on him they are hard and about the size of a pencil eraser. Hecurrently has 4 . They don't seem to bother him but they are scabby and smell like iron when scab is removed but no blood. No pus or anything comes out just. Clear and they take about a week to heal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are many different types and causes of lump and bumps in dogs, the most common are sebaceous cysts which rupture on their own and can leave a scab behind which you picked off. Next time you notice one, it would be best to have your Veterinarian have a look at it first to see if it is something to be concerned about or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carlie
Brittney Spaniel
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Odor
Gooey rash
Scabs
Redness,
Blisters
Rash
Itching and Licking

Medication Used

Takes fish oil
Uses mal-a-ket wipes
Used benadryl
Has had apequil
Has had steroids
Currently taking generic zyrtec

My dog, Carlie, has been suffering with itching, scabs, repeated skin infections, and blister like appearances on her belly, around her vulva, on her lips, in her paws, in her armpits, and sometimes in a few other areas under her fur on her torso. It started a little over a year ago, and she's done at least four rounds of antibiotics for skin (yeast) infections. She's also been given antibacterial wipes for treatment of the specific areas, as well as several different allergy medications, one round of steroids, and a change in diet. We switched her food, got rid of most types of additional treats, replaced with green beans, and have been recommended allergy shots tailored to her. Each "breakout" cycle begins with red areas and pustules forming on her skin, which eventually become scabs that get infected no matter what we do. She seems lethargic during the "breakout" and gets more energetic while on antibiotics, but the cycle always repeats. She has tried three different allergy meds, but none of them keep the problem away. Any advice to help her would be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It looks like your Veterinarian has been thorough with possible treatments and theories on the underlying cause. At this stage as a wide variety of medications have been used (antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines etc…), it may be worth waiting for another episode and having a skin biopsy taken for histopathology to see the type of cells present to see what the underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prince
Yorkie Poo
E
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pustule

I have a three year old Yorkie Poo, that has one pustule between his hind left leg and genital. It is right beneath the joint on the smooth under belly. I've seen him licking it, but not prolonged licking. This just developed in the last couple days.



Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The best thing is to prevent Prince from licking the area which may cause further irritation causing him to lick more. Pustules usually rupture themselves, you can speed the process by applying a warm compress to facilitate the process; once it is ruptured, keep the area clean using iodine or chlorhexidine. If you have any concerns, visit your Veterinarian as Prince may require antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Mutt
4 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Papules

she has bumps on her torso and on the insides of her front legs. They seem to be hard bumps with a smaller bumps filled with clear stuff. They don't seem to itch. But I'd like to know what this is. Also she hasn't had her shots.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

At the age of four months (16 weeks), Zoey should be up to date with all her shots by now. These bumps may be caused by anything including sebaceous secretions, infections, autoimmune disorders, contact irritation etc… It would be best to take Zoey to a Veterinarian for her shots and to have them look at the bumps at the same time; there are so many different types, I couldn’t say without examining her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Boxer/pit mix
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

black callased patches
raw pus/blood filled lesions

Medication Used

Cephalexin
prednisone

my 8 year old boxer / pit mix has had skin irritation since a puppy however it has worsened as he has aged. It does not itch! they are these raw sometimes pus /blood filled lesions all over sides , inner thigh and groin area. He also has areas on upper side and outside thigh that are black calluses. The vets have guessed they might be keloids from past skin infections. He has been to 3 vets and none of them knows what it is. He is eats hills prescription diet derm defence and when on steroids and antibiotics his skin improves. The second he stops medication it flares up again. I know he can't be on the medication forever and it has already been 4 months. I notice when his skin is flared he acts older and depressed. When on meds and skin is improved he acts like a 1 year old (so happy)! He has been tested for allergies and mites. He loves to lay out in sun but that makes his skin worse so we try not to let him out as much. My first guess was he had a sun allergy but the vet just nodded and dismissed that hunch. I notice when I give him his rx antifungus shampoo that (which I am supposed to do weekly but usually give every other week) these very light brown specks come through his fur and at first I thought it might be dry skin. The more I lather the more that appear. I have worked in pet rescue and doggy daycare and have bathed many types of dogs and I have never seen anything like it. It is not flea dirt so dry skin would seem logical however he does not itch...... ever. He is such a good boy and I feel so bad that we can't fix this. I am hoping someone out there will have seen this before and be able to tell me what it is and what I can do to fix it.
Thank you in advance,
Danielle and Harley

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The improvement with steroids and antibiotics may indicate an autoimmune skin disease which causes skin lesions which subsequently get infected. When the skin is flaring up, it may be worth having a few skin biopsies done to see if a Board Certified Veterinary Pathologist (requires some level of expertise) can identify the actual underlying condition. Dermatology is a wide and complex subject, visiting a Veterinary Dermatologist may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Admiral
Pittbull
8 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

N/A

Thr other day i noticed a blister on my 8 year old male pitbull, admiral. It is near his penis. He doesn't seem to be in pain, and I've been. Trying to keep him from liking it. But now today, I noticed another one, in the same general area. They almost look like blisters that have poped. And the one has has some yellow puss around it. He isn't in pain, and is eating and playing regularly. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The area needs to be kept clean and free of debris as well as obviously not letting Admiral lick himself. Cleaning with diluted chlorhexidine and applying a triple antibiotic ointment to the area may help, but you may need to place a cone on him; if more blisters appear, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tank
American Pit Bull Terrier
Almost 6 years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blister
Red ring just above nose close to left nostril
Pawing at nose and licking

Medication Used

None

I woke up this morning and saw my pit bull Tank pawing at his nose and licking his paw after to me it looks a little like a burn but nothing could have burnt him. It's a red and wet looking and almost a perfect circle just above his left nostril. I was concerned about it being a spider bite or scorpion bite he will kill any bug he sees I'm not sure how long it would take to show but last night he was fine and he sleeps in my bed he might get up during the night or in the morning and come back to bed. He has never had this kind of "wound" before if you have any suggestions on how to clean it etc. thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

If you suspect that Tank has been bit or attacked by something poisonous or even if it isn’t; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for at least a course of antibiotics as infection is common after bites, stings etc… To clean, use dilute chlorhexidine to clean the area and remove debris; you can try applying a triple antibiotic ointment but will most likely get licked off. If you have concerns visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jake
Dauchound
Unsure
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching and Licking
Constant sleeping
Blisters
Bleeding

Ok so my friends dog Jake has these red blistery patches that just randomly appeared I noticed some blood I his nose and thought nothing of it and we went on about our business. my pitbull was a us and is bit showing any signs of Jake's. Jake is usually a very active dog now he is laying around as if hes in pain. I dont know what he might have gotten into while we were out on a potty break because he wasnt on a leash. They formed over a two day period. We were wondering wha

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Lethargy and itching are very vague symptoms which may be attributable to allergies or exposure to poisons or infectious matter; ingestion of contaminated water can lead to death in some cases (botulism for example). I would advise visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause and prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you

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Ivy
Samoyed
I don't know
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

sore, loss of appetite, loss of weight
sores, loss of appetite, loss of weight

I own a samoyed dog...it started having sores all over its body, loss of appetite and loss of weight. The sores are becoming worse and it only itches when I bath her. She has also been staying under the sun recently and it gets me worried. The sores are also very irritating and obvious when I bath her. Please what can I do or use?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The cause of the sores, loss of appetite and weight needs to be determined as there are different causes including bacterial infection, parasites, fungal infection, metabolic disease etc… Any sores can be infected by a secondary infection leading to more severe symptoms. Please visit your Veterinarian for skin scrapings etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boss and princess
Pit bull
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pustules

I have two pit bull puppies they are 6-7 weeks old they just develop yellow pus bumps under their belly they had their 9 in one's but I was wondering what is the cause cud it be from insect bites or what??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is possible that the lumps are caused by allergies, bites, bacterial infection or problems with the skin glands; if you are seeing pus, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian as puppies have poor immune systems and it would be good to get them checked over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rowdy
Boxer
7.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red pustules
Oozing fluid
Licking

I have a 7.5 year old, white boxer. He has always been very active and hyper, but this last year I can tell he is getting old because he does sleep a lot more during the day. His appetite seems to be okay also, he still begs for food all the time! And we go through dog food the same as usual. About a year and a half ago a friend of ours recommended we get him a cone and some antibiotic ointment for his testicular area because of some small itchy spots that the dog wouldn't leave alone. We figured they may have started as a flea bite that he licked and itched until it got red and irritated. We got the cone and the ointment and it did improve. But after a week we noticed our dog was so upset about having the cone on her had tried to take it off himself and rubbed his neck raw in the process. It was very sad and I just gave up on the cone. Now he has some red sores on his testicular area that he licks constantly and are oozing clear fluid. I don't know what is causing it...if it's the constant licking due to boredom (us and the kids are out of the house all day) or something else. His dog bed does seem to have a strange odor and I have been having to wash it more frequently. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is a vicious cycle where a dog licks himself, the saliva irritates the skin causing him to lick more which irritates more etc… to the point where the skin may become infected. It would be best to thoroughly wash the area with dilute chlorhexidine and to try to prevent him from licking whilst you’re around (I understand he spends a lot of time alone). The cone isn’t great, but is usually effective but some dogs react badly. It may also be a case of changing his dog bed if it has an odor, also if it has plastic which is slightly damaged this can scratch the region causing irritation too. You may need to visit your Veterinarian for some antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you!

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susu
Toy Poodle
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

everything find just the spots
eating well
red spots turned to yellow like pimple

My toy poodle was on medication for her skin disease and everything was stable until i left for a business trip for 2 weeks. she stayed at home with my mum. The next day i left her tummy started to show red spots. i asked my vet they say she might be just sad emotional caused this. i came back and brought her to the vet and now she is having anti fungal medication. after 4 days consuming the medicine. i found out that the red spots actually turned yellow like a pimple some sort of thing. some its quite big. i asked the vet again he said its puppy pustules and it will dry and go off. But for now it looked very serious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are many different skin disorders in dogs which may be caused by infectious agents, immune system disorders or liver / kidney disease etc… It would be best to finish the course of treatment that Susu is currently receiving and make sure that there is no scratching and the affected areas are cleaned regularly using dilute chlorhexidine. If there is no improvement by the end of the current course of treatment, return to your Veterinarian for reevaluation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
French Bulldog
1 1/2 yr
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Red pimple looking rash with yellowish pustules

Our 1 1/2 yr old female French Bulldog Lucy has red rash and like yellowish pustules around her vulva. She rubs herself on our rug that seems to cause this & makes it worse as she itches. So we removed it. I'm keeping her very clean & sprayed pet cortizone spray on her. Is there more I can do? She's very uncomfortable. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Regular cleaning of the vulva with dilute chlorhexidine would be useful and treatment with a topical antibiotic ointment; I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian as systemic antibiotics may be required if there is an infection, also the underlying cause for the itch (may be genital or gastrointestinal tract (i.e: anal glands) in origin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Monique and Ana
Pug
6 and 1 1/2
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scratching often
Metallic smell
Sores

Both of my dogs, a pug and a border collie mix, are constantly itching and biting in no particular place on their bodies. They have 1 or two sores that weep. The pug had one on her chest, and the collie has two on the back of her neck. The sores smell strongly of metal, but do not bleed. The fluid is clear. They do not have fleas when I comb them. They have visited a dog park recently, however. We see the vet soon, so if it is ringworm I want to crate them and keep them contained when we go, so as not to be contagious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Your description doesn’t sound like ringworm (ringworm is quite distinctive), but there are many different causes and types of skin lesions in dogs; allergies, infections, parasites, internal disease and chemical irritation can cause excessive itching and damage to the skin. Until you visit your Veterinarian, clean the area around the wounds using dilute chlorhexidine and try to keep the areas dry and free of debris (clip the hair around if it helps). Applying topical creams can be troublesome when you have two dogs as they will most likely lick the cream off each other. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mili
Shihpoo
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blisters
Pustules

My shih poo has yellow pus filled blistered all over her belly and Im not sure what to do? Should I take her to her vet? She had a couple of ticks a few days ago. However I safely removed them. Did she get an infection from the ticks? The blisters dont seem to bother her . She ocasionally licks them.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It would be best to have your Veterinarian look at the pustules and to get some antibiotics to help with healing. Ticks can carry infections but most likely this is caused by something Mili came into contact with (something in grass etc…). Have your Veterinarian look at at and they will prescribe something to help it heal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepper
Border Collie
14 Years
Mild condition
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My pepper has what looks like a water blister on her head right beside her ear. We want to use a warm compress to open the blister and drain the fluid. It seems to be getting bigger. I wish i could send a picture.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Blisters may occur for various reasons, using a warm compress to encourage rupturing is common practice but you need to ensure that the area is kept clean (dilute antiseptic) and free of debris (clip surrounding hair) afterwards; ideally letting it rupture on its own is best, sometimes speeding up the process can cause inflammation, pain and secondary infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
German Shepherd
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pustules
black skin
pus
Surgery
had stiches

Medication Used

amoxy

German Shepherd has black blisters around base of groin they pop on their own and then more grow. He had surgery to remove scar tissue the vet said it would get better. He was on antibiotics and it got better for about the last week of 30 days of antibiotics. Dog had parvo when we found him on the street he is about 2 years old now. He did go under the house the other day he was afraid of the chainsaw could bad dirt do this the house was built in 1941, I had thought our previous dogs skin had turned somewhat a darker color in her thigh area and she used to go under the house. Or the heat? We are having a heat wave right now. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Soil and dirt (especially in a crawl space beneath a house) harbours numerous microorganisms which can be seriously dangerous for health; especially if there are scratches, wounds or other breakages in the skin which may become infected. Has the area been swabbed and tested for culture and sensitivity to identify the bacteria and susceptible antibiotics? Keeping the area clean and free of debris is important, topical ointments may also help but may be licked off. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Labrador Retriever
4 - 6 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seperation Anxiety
scratching
Depression
Bleeding
Odor
Lack Of Coordination
Licking

i rescued my lab 3 months ago, somebody dropped him off on the side of a road ): he was doing well until about a month and a half ago , he has bumps all over his body and at first they are small them seem to grow with pus and blood after a night or two. any ideas ? :/ i have him on lamb and rice recipie food, and have been bathing him weekly to help with the smell . he also has an ear infection , can’t seem to get it to go away . i don’t really know if it’s due to the bumps or skin condition . i just want my pup to be happy ): he’s showing depression , he eats well still , but he is overall tired sleeping all the time . any advice or at home treatments i’m able to perform ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Apart from bathing regularly with a medicated shampoo, there is not much at home treatment to try; pyoderma (bacterial infection of the skin) would require systemic antibiotics to help resolve any infection present. At home treatments would not be effective enough against a general skin infection; a quick once over to check the skin by your Veterinarian and they would be able to prescribe something. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
Cocker Spaniel
4
Mild condition
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Tiny white bumps on skin, not an infection however. They spread like warts to 30 or more. The bumps are hard, pure white like a pimple. Also, i notice a smell, oily in nature, not usual for a Cocker Spaniel and itching, but not like mites or scabies.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
This may be papulonodular dermatoses which may be caused by inflammation of the sebaceous glands on the skin; I would recommend that you get your Veterinarian to take a look as there are many (too many) skin conditions which may affect dogs and it is always best to get a pair of eyes on there to make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment. There are some shampoos which may help, but systemic treatment may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Pit Bullmastiff
2
Moderate condition
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I have a pit mastiff and he is about to be 2yr old. He has patches of dry skin that flake off and some are bumps almost like pimple. When squeezed they release pus or clear liquid. I have taken him to the vet and they prescribed a medicated shampoo which worked great. Now the shampoo is finished and within a week or so the symptoms started to reappear. All this is under his fur. Its spreading everywhere and now he has one between this toes. The shampoo im currently using is called Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo. What should I do? Plus, my house is all carpet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It would be best to continue to use the shampoo as you used it previously, but to use the shampoo three times per week for a month and then use it once per week until all the lesions have disappeared. Systemic medication may also be required to be given (antibiotics or antifungal) to help the topical treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Mixed
3 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Bullae

My three year old rescue (shepard/lab/hound maybe) has been developing clusters of Bullae that seem to have a crust or edge of some sort where it meets the skin. She first started getting them when she was almost a year old and has had them on and off for the past two years. They are non tender and localized from her chin to in between her two vertical jowels. She also has some sort of vesicular lesion on her hind legs below her back knees. These are not so much bullae as cyst like vesicles formations. Together seem to originate deeper in the dermis. All of which seem nontender and no itchy; sometimes the neck bullae will develop a red base. I have had two vets look at them and they just say how weird of a dermatitis it is. The first vet just shaved them all off when he was trying to remove the hair, because he didn't see them. The consistency of the clear liquid inside these bullae was super sticky, it made a foot long string from her neck to the glove. My initial thoughts were possibly back up of lymphatic fluid or something since it's on the neck and popliteal area. More recently I've been thinking maybe pemphigus foliaceus depositing antibody complexes could result in some sort of sticky exudate. What are your thoughts about possible etiology or diagnoses?
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The types of lesions you are describing are pretty common and some may come and go without much incident; I’ve found that issues on the chin may be due to repeated trauma from scratches on plastic food and water bowls or from smelling the ground on tarmac, concrete or other hard terrain. As for the hindlimb area, it is more difficult to pin down but may be attributable to an autoimmune disease or some type of irritation; without examining Bear I cannot start to suggest any possible specific condition or a possible connection between the chin and the popliteal area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

If it is auto immune, what sort of tests should I ask for my vet to order?

No infection or tenderness but that's only so far... persistent blisters is an infection risk and I want some direction to focus my research/questions when I return to the vet in a couple months for vaccinations

So why post?

And is the sticky/gooey consistency of the clear fluidinside the bullae indicative of anything? I know in humans that's not the normal viscosity

My Yorkie has a moderate size bump on his lower back on the side by his butt. What could it be?

i have a mixed pitbull with poodle. he is only 2 months old but we noticed a blister with pus. Why would he get this?

It sounds like Bear may possibly have a trichosporon yeast infection (white piedra is what humans get) OR it may be a sunburn(in which case, a small amount of trichosporon may be present in the fluid). You will need to ask the vet to test the gooey stuff for trichosporon— sometimes this gets missed because this fungus is clear.
If it is a yeast infection, I'd recommend putting some undiluted Simple Green all-purpose cleaner in your washer when doing laundry and a very small amount of peppermint Dr. Bronner's castille soap diluted in water to clean any surface that your dog touches. (At my house, we have a spray bottle filled with this slightly soapy solution to clean just about everything —except the toilet and laundry.)
One of my dogs has a stainless steel chain collar with fabric woven in the links. It's the choker collar that people use for walking dogs that pull, but we use it as her daily collar because regular collars make the skin on her neck red, fur fall out, and tiny clear blisters appear from friction. I don't know if any of this info will help you but let me know!

I forgot to mention the Dr. Bronner's soap solution can be used to wash Bear, but if you frequently bathe Bear, you should rinse with vinegar diluted in water because the soap is very alkaline. The peppermint is anti fungal and smells great; that's why I suggested it.

My 8 week old pitbull has had blisters or cold sores on his snout and paws. What can I do for him.
He is the runt of the litter and is very weak. The vet have me antibiotics and steroids for hook. But when will I see some improvement

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Scotch
Chihuahua
6 Years
Fair condition
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My dog has a single sore on the outside of his left lip that I only noticed recently. It is small, round, split down the middle and has yellow crust over it. Perhaps related is that 3 weeks ago he had a left ear infection resulting in a red swollen ear with crusty yellow pus. I treated it with Mometamax for 7 day’s and it healed well. I’ve also been cleaning it daily with Epi-Otic solution which washes up a little brownish wax. This was his first ear infection ever. And now he has his first mouth sore. He eats “healthy” dry kibble by Rachel Ray. I give him a little of my food too (mostly chicken, eggs or beef). His appetite has increased lately but I haven’t observed behavioral changes otherwise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Check his food bowl if he has a plastic one since plastic bowls can get small scratches on them which can damage the lip leading to a secondary infection; bathe the lip with a dilute antiseptic and see how it goes but if it is infected (and due to it’s location) it should be treated with systemic antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
Maltese
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Pimples
Yellow Skin
Itching
Redness
Shaking

What is this red partly yellow irritation that has festered into having 2 pimple like things on my dogs testicles? He had an extremely small amount of flees on him until this winter hit. I noticed his red patch when we came inside from walking outside in the 3 inch deep snow next to a patch of trees with another family dog who is a 1 year old poodle. The red patch on Teddy was first just very red were it looked as if he were bleeding and he was licking and biting at the area. The next day it grew to part of it being yellow almost pus like with the red and some bleeding, licking, and biting. Over the past 2 days he's been moody such as sad and scared with shaking and being distant from me, not wanting to play or be by me as much. If you try to touch the red area he gets extremely aggressive and bites. My dog has never bitten me so knowing his behavior I believe this to be very serious. He has not had his rabies shot. My dog is 10 pounds and I've tried to use anti-itch wipes but he doesn't allow me to touch the area.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, without examining him, I can't diagnose or comment on what the blistered area might be. He will need to be seen by a veterinarian to look at it, determine what it is, and treat it appropriately. It sounds like it is bothering him very much, and is painful, and I am sure he will appreciate you taking care of it for him.

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Tara
German Shepherd
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Joint Tablets - Yumove

My German Shepherd had a small lump on her head just above her eye, its been there a couple of weeks and slowly got a little bigger, I went to have a look last night and it popped as I was feeling it to make sure it wasn't getting bigger or harder. After it popped once I wiped it down with a tissue and pressed it again. It went from feeling like a ball pimple to a squashed skin between my fingers. More puss cam out and when I wiped again and did it again nothing came out. She didn't appear to be in any pain when doing this however the puss really smelt. The bump is still slightly there but I imagine it would do just like any spot but her coat isn't crusty or damaged and the hair is still around and on the spot. She has been drinking more water recently but that could be down to the weather and us having the heating on as she does like to lay in fornt of the radiator. She is still happy within herself and playful, still eating her meals and loves her walks. Nothing within herself has changed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Tara, I can't comment on what the lump might be, but possible causes might be an abscess or an infected tumor. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian so they can look at it, analyze any fluid if necessary, and get her on a treatment plan to resolve it if possible. I hope that everything goes well with her.

The vet has said just to keep an eye on it nothing to helpful to be honest.
If it is a abscess or a tumor what should they be doing? What symptoms would she likely have?

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Bruno
Bullmastiff
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blisters
Licking paws
Ear infection

Medication Used

Aloquel

I have a 5yr old Bulldog/Mastiff mix. He is highly allergic to bug bites and will break out in lumps. Our vet has had him on Aloquel for about a yr, took him off during wintee months. This med helps with his paw licking but he gets large bleeding blisters in between his pads and has purplish blisters around his lips and chin on his bottom jaw. They show up randomly. The vet gave us an antibacterial spray but how do i prevent them?? We have tried numerous types of food, even made my own with all freshly made ingredients and have found no relief for him. He is currently eating the Dog for Dog brand. We tried Prednisone once, he couldn't control his own bladder, urinated on himself the whole time even after going outside, and was forced to wear a diaper...he is 135lbs so this was not an easy thing. When he is off the allergy meds he gets horrible ear infections, vet diagnosed as high yeast infection. Before the meds, a bug bite turned into a Staph infection.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It can be frustrating to have your loved one constantly having blisters between the foot pads; however, treatment is dependent on the underlying cause as symptomatic treatment only addresses the symptoms and doesn’t treat the actual problem. Usual causes may be due to allergies which can be very difficult to determine without having allergy testing performed; excessive licking which leads to irritation and more licking (may be initiated by a small foreign object); or a hormonal condition. Regular cleaning of the paws with dilute chlorhexidine twice per day and giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb twice daily may help it the cause is due to allergies, food allergies would require either allergy testing or cutting food down to boiled chicken and rice and seeing if there is any improvement over the course of a week or so; also stopping licking either from either physically stopping him or by using a cone may be beneficial. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you, I already did the chicken and rice with no improvement. Benadryl makes him extremely lethargic and he is on a prescribed allergy med already. From your advice, allergy testing is the only thing i have not tried already

The issue may be from outside. The blisters on your dog's head and paws may be from whatever you have in your yard. I lived in a house that was infested with pigeons and cockroaches and my dogs were having skin issues. We got rid of the wood and fabric on and around the porch, laid a 1-2 inch layer of fresh compost/soil/prepared pig manure mixture over the grass/dirt and got rid of the landscaping rocks. Then, we had all of the floors cleaned inside the house by a friend who worked for a floor cleaning business.
If you can get some eggs that have dark yellow yolks (that are from a small farm or somebody's backyard), give the dog one egg (try a raw egg for three days and if he has any issues then cook the egg in any way other than hardboil) in the morning and in afternoon/evening give him either a few shreds of boiled chicken with kibble or soup or some chicken with a white rice that is not enriched (like jasmine or basmati rice) and a few 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices of celery.

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Hazel
Boxer
18 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Flakes
Pustules
Hair Loss
Licking

Medication Used

antibiotic
Clariton
steroids

My boxer is 1.5 yrs old and in the past few months I've noticed these bumps on her skin. They started out as lumps, then pustules that turn to crusts, and she eventually will lose her hair. She is very itchy and lethargic, just doesn't seem herself. I thought the first time I seen the pimple looking thing that her microchip was rejecting, but the vet said although that spot was indeed where her microchip is,that it is not rejecting she just has a skin condition that needs steroids and antibiotic. Since then it's gotten worse the bumps are everywhere. I've taken her to two different vets, and they can't seem to fix it, I am desperate. I have pictures from a microscope app on my phone, I need help, please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
The problem with skin conditions is that many of them look the same; in order to help diagnose the specific problem and direct treatment effectively (if corticosteroids, antibiotics and allergy medication hasn’t worked) is to have a skin biopsy done to examine the structure of the skin and any cellular infiltration etc… also culture and sensitivity testing would give us an idea of whether there is an antibiotic resistant infection present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
American Bulldog
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Blister

My dog, Jack, has been getting blood blisters and swollen areas on his paws, mainly between his toes. This started last summer. The vet thinks it is allergy related, but we don't know what to. We are currently buried in snow, so grass hasn't been a culprit for months. He has a mostly grain-free diet except for some treats. We've used antibiotics and steroids, which clear things up, but once done, the problem promptly recurs. Apoquel hasn't had much effect either, and he has started scratching his body and ears while on it, which he hasn't done since this past fall. I don't want to use steroids long-term, which the vet is considering. What other options could you suggest for my 4 year old?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bulldogs are prone to skin conditions, allergies, and infections, unfortunately. Without examining him, I can't recommend any treatments, but those areas between their toes can often become infected very quickly, and sometimes develop yeast overgrowths. Antibiotics are often needed in addition to allergy therapy, as well as anti-fungal medications. There are some topical washes that can help in mild cases if you use them every day on his feet. Allergy testing is available in most areas of the country, and can give a clue as to what the allergen might be - some people decide to start allergy injections after getting those results to try and decrease allergies long term. In many cases, steroids are necessary, as they do stop the allergies, but if you can work with your veterinarian to find another long term solution it will be in Jack's best interest.

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Quintus
miniature poodle
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
penis blisters
Clear discharge
discomfort
Blister

Quintus has been obsessively licking his penis, leaving it dried with prepuce retracted. When applying ointment and resheathing, I noticed that he has what look like blisters filled with clear fluid on his glans penis. When they pop (they are highly pressurized), they reform. I haven't noticed any pus or foul smell. This has been going on a number of months now. When I have him in an e-collar, they still form.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Quintus should probably see a veterinarian for that condition. Without examining him and seeing the area, I can't comment on what might be happening, but your veterinarian will be able to evaluate him and get treatment for this condition, which sounds like it might be uncomfortable. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Sugar
Chihuahua
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Mucous
Blister

My chihuahua 7 years old, her female area is fevered and keeps scabbing up and draining. She is very uncomfortable. Rubbing her privates on the floor running in circles. Please help me help my baby girl.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. i'm not sure if Sugar is spayed or not, but either way, if she is having discharge and blisters, and is that uncomfortable, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to be examined, as they will be able to look at her, recommend the best treatment for her, and make her feel better.

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Mo
Shih Tzu
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Red Bumps
Swollen eye lids

Medication Used

Clindamycin
tobramycin
Metacam

Pet returned from the groomer with mildly pink eye lids. The next day a blister has appeared on one. By day two top & bottom lids on both eyes are red, swollen and have blisters which are rupturing. The eyes themselves look good and there is no discharge other than from the blisters.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure if you have seen a veterinarian for Mo's problems, but the medications that you have listed seem appropriate, so I think that you have? If so, the problem should resolve, and if it doesn't, it would be best to have a recheck to find out why things aren't getting better. I hope that everything resolves for Mo.

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kasey bear
Yorkie
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

itching biting chewing

my yorkie is 6 and has never had this problem on her backside and on her tail is red spots that have her chewing and biting there is also black spots going down her tail which is docked...ive tried everything please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout seeing Kasey Bear, I am unable to examine or diagnose her skin problems. She should see a veterinarian, so that they can look at her, decide whether she may have a bacterial infection, a fungal infection, parasites, or allergies, and prescribe any appropriate medication for her. I hope that things go well for her!

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Cali
Cane Corso Italiano
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps
Blood blisters

My Cane Corso that is only 10 months old has blood blisters on her back and forehead. She eats a great diet of Orijin and all grain free treats. She recently went to training and was in contact with other dogs. It seems to just be bloody and one on her back has burst. She seems lethargic as well. Should I take both my dogs to the vet? Is this common for young Cane Corso dogs?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing her, I'm not sure what might be going on with Cali, but that does sound like something that should be seen by your veterinarian. It doesn't sound like anything contagious that I'm aware of, so I don't think you need to take both dogs in unless they aer both showing thoe signs, but with the lethargy and blood blisters, Cali needs to be evaluated to determine what might be going on and get treatment for it. Your veterinarian will be able to give you more information once they've seen her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Anubis
Lab/Pit mix
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

nodules
Redness
Irritation

Hello there, my dog has been licking his paw for a few days now, but I figured it wasn't anything major as it comes and goes, and he is very serious about keeping himself clean. I was able to get a good look at it and inside of the pad of his paw, the hair follicles are raised and yellow, looking almost infected. If you put pressure to them they rupture easily. There is also a black substance that could be scabbing, or maybe dirt, but I fear is some kind of fungus. Tonight I noticed a bald patch about the size of my thumb by his back hip, I assume from licking. We live in a very remote area so he has access to the local River and surrounding areas. I've cleaned up the site a little bit, and it seems to bother him less now, but do you think its possible it could be a fungal infection? Thank you again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It does sound like Anubis has an infection (fungal or bacterial), you should bathe the affected paws regularly (twice or three times per day) with a dilute antiseptic and apply a dog friendly ointment. However, I would recommend travelling to an area where there is a Veterinarian for an examination and for some prescription medications to be on the safe to diagnose and treat the problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Labradoodle
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps
darkened follicle?
pus

Hi, my name is Nikko. I'm curious about a few lumps that i've found on my dog Bailey's back. Unfortunately I can't afford to take him to the vet right now, or I would, and will anyways when I can afford it regardless of your assessment, but I'm hoping you can help me perhaps know whether or not I should be worried.

He is a more wire haired dog, perhaps a labradoodle. I brush him with a wire brush and defurminator regularly, and inspect the hair that comes off of him. Nothing ever shows up there. I have recently moved to a cabin in rural BC, Canada, where I noticed a spider birthing, and upwards of 1000 little spiders were around my place. I haven't gotten any notable bites though, and haven't seen many around since.

I shaved one of the lumps on his back (the location of all of them) to get a look at it. It is about 3/8 to 1/2 inches across, and perhaps raised about the thickness of 2 dimes or less. It is skin coloured, and it has a black hair or something in the middle of it. It looks to also be a darkened follicle or something that I can see going deeper into his skin through the translucent top bit of his skin. I gave the bump a little (very weak, less than popping a zit) squeeze, and noticed some yellowish clear pus emerge from a point on the circumference of the bump. They have seemed to persist for over two weeks now. I think they make him itch, but I can't be certain.

Bailey is on no medications, and I give him Advantage flea drops during flea season, usually in march or april, and then again in the summer. I would take him to the vet if I had the money in my bank account, but it's just not possible right now. Do these symptoms sound like I need to be selling my truck to get him some care? I can take a photo and send it to you if needed, but I don't have a good camera here with me now, i'll need to borrow one. Thank you very much for your time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
I am concerned with the possibility of a spider bite (or from anything else around your cabin) and the presence of pus coming from the lesions; this isn’t something you should sit on but bathe any open wounds with a dilute antiseptic and get help. I don’t want you to sell your truck especially being in a rural are but I don’t know where you are in British Columbia so I cannot recommend a specific charity service but check the link below for details of one organisation which covers the province of British Columbia which may be able to assist you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://pawsforhope.org/what-we-do/roxys-relief/

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Milo
Bulldog
5 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Odor
Itching
My Bulldog puppy has the cutest wrinkles that make him look adorable. The entire family loves him! I was playing with Milo the other day and noticed a strange odor coming from around his face. I sniffed around and noticed it was coming from the neck area. I panicked because this is our family’s first dog. I rushed Milo to the vet without an appointment, sat there for a long time waiting and finally got to see the vet. My mind was racing worrying about diseases and all this crazy stuff. The vet examined Milo and found that he had redness in the folds of his skin around his neck and that’s what was causing the odor. As new pet owners we didn’t know we were supposed to dry the area so carefully after a bath. The office visit, exam, tests and treatment has reached $300 and is growing. Because now we were told that it is best to take Milo to a professional groomer for proper care to avoid further infection. It seems those cute wrinkles are actually something a pet owner has to pay extra attention too! Milo is fine now and I’m planning to learn how to clean it on my own to avoid grooming costs.