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SashasMum
20:55:50 Mon
May 30 2005
Spotty Head
Hi Folks

Sasha has just developed this huge rash on her head and also her neck and chest area seem redened and sore.

She has been walked a lot down the beach recently because we dont have our car, and I am wondering if the salt is causing her problems?? As well as that, she apparently has a new habit of sticking her head in the banks of seaweed and chewing on the stems - this then sends hoards of sandflies soaring into the air. Does anyone know if they bite dogs at all?

I have bathed her today and am hoping to keep her off the beach now for at least a week and see if the rash calms down - it does look like acne on her head but I am not too sure. It's just loads of little pimples just under the fur??

Any thoughts please?

Katiesnowflake
00:00:28 Tue
May 31 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Dont know if sandflies bite Karen, they sure get everywhere though. You just need to open your car door when they are about and your car has them all over the interior.

Sounds like an allergy. Any time Rosie was in the sea, the seasalt helped her allergies [feet] but i had to stop taking her down onto the shore at home because she would not keep out of the water, think she drank it and then was sick with diarrhea. Shame as she loves galloping about down there. Having said that, in a recent report it was one of the beaches condemned as being unsafe!!

Do they look like hives with the hair slightly raised? Rosie would take that periodically - allergy related.

If Sasha is itchy and sore, an antihistamine injection from the vet will soon sort her out.

Hope Sasha gets better soon.

Helen

SashasMum
14:54:50 Tue
May 31 2005
Re: Spotty Head
I dont think they are hives as they are fairly small and quite hard? They certainly don't seem to bother her and she doesn't seem to be scratching anymore than usual??

jacquie
07:25:56 Wed
Jun 1 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Karen, It may not have anything to do with the beach. Some boxers go through a "spotty" stage. It can start at about 18 months and can last for about a year off and on. Its there version of teen ageism LOL

SashasMum
11:09:10 Wed
Jun 1 2005
Re: Spotty Head
I did think about the acne, but she also has red areas under her "arms" and the bumps are going further down her neck rather than just under her chin?

I have bought some piriton today and will give her that for a couple of days and see what happens.



jacquie
18:26:29 Wed
Jun 1 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Keep us posted.

SashasMum
23:02:49 Wed
Jun 1 2005
Re: Spotty Head
I have noticed today that she has them over her back etc today? They are small hard little lumps, some of which have small scabs on them where she has scratched them.

They dont look angry or raised at all - really is quite strange??!! I thought she may have a reaction to the washing powder her bed was washed in, but that wouldnt account for the top of her head or back?? I am confused!!

Will keep giving her piriton for now - does it make them sleepy? I know it knocked out my 5 year old, but I didnt expect it to make her all dopey too!


Katiesnowflake
23:31:24 Wed
Jun 1 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Oh yes Karen it does make them sleepy. At this time of year when allergies abound - you should see poor Rosie's feet. Vet has her on six a day. Plus her Melasab wash for her feet plus ointment twice a day. Without the Piriton she would be eating her feet alive. Its a very high dose she is on and I wouldnt recommend it to anyone else's dog. I said to the vet that it made Rosie very dozy but vet said it didnt matter, she needed it - who am I to argue! Needless to say at that doseage I buy them from the chemist as its much cheaper than the vets.

Helen

jacquie
09:53:26 Thu
Jun 2 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Karen I would get your vet to give her the once over.

SashasMum
16:10:25 Thu
Jun 2 2005
Re: Spotty Head
I am going to have to wait until after the weekend now, which will have given her four days on piriton. We dont have the car just now!!

She seems fine in herself. Have gone back to our original washing powder and will wash her bed tomorrow and avoid the beach in the meantime.

It does look like acne, thats the strange thing, but you can see the little spots under her fur on her back etc, as well as the general redness around her chest and under her arms.


Polo123
16:45:55 Thu
Jun 2 2005
Re: Spotty Head
When Polo had an allergic reaction I as recommended Benadryl (after he'd had an anti-histamine jab at the vets) which does the same as Piriton without the drowsiness. Hope Sasha's soon feeling better.:smile:

Jakes_mum
12:45:40 Fri
Jun 3 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Jake was covered in funny little white lumps all over (no redness) turns out they were sebaccious cysts!

Liz

SashasMum
10:02:15 Sun
Jun 5 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Sasha's head appears to be a lot less spotty just now and the redness under her "arms" has gone down too.

Will continue the piriton for a few days more, but I am beginning to think it was too much beach walking for her!


Katiesnowflake
19:06:59 Sun
Jun 5 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Thats good news Karen, glad to hear it.
Helen

SashasMum
19:54:37 Sun
Jun 5 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Ok, the spots on Sasha's head look like acne again now so no worries there.

Remember I said that it seemed like it had spread on to her back and down her legs etc. Well after she had her bath today (muddy in the woods again) I looked at her legs and the "spots" appear to be small patches of crusts or dry skin rather than "spots" If you imagine what one of our plukes looks like after we have had it for a few days and had a really really good go at it ..... well that's what it's like.

Am thinking of upping her evening primrose but does anyone else have any ideas for these dry spots??


Polo123
12:24:50 Mon
Jun 6 2005
Re: Spotty Head
You were talking about chickenpox in another thread, presumably it's just a human thing? have you had a word with your vet?

On a slightly different vein, Helen mentioned further back in this thread about Rosie's problems with her feet. The last week or so Polo has been chewing away at his feet (with all the associated noises :nonono:smile: so decided to try an anti-histamine, he's had one a day for the past three days and there's been a wonderful improvement, need to get some more now - thanks Helen for posting about Rosie or I'd probably not have tried that route :smile:

jilldemo
14:23:27 Mon
Jun 6 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Daz chews his feet, but an application of Canesten stops him doing it for a couple of days.
I was actually thinking about trying Benadryl, as was mentioned earlier in this thread aslo.

Polo123
15:47:22 Mon
Jun 6 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Polo just licks the Canesten straight off! :smash6: the Benadryl definitely seems to have done the trick though.

SashasMum
15:48:51 Mon
Jun 6 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Just checked with the vets - dogs can't get chickenpox! Made sense though - they look just like that!

SashasMum
15:48:57 Mon
Jun 6 2005
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Just checked with the vets - dogs can't get chickenpox! Made sense though - they look just like that!

SashasMum
10:59:05 Thu
Jun 9 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Sasha is off to the vets tomorrow (Friday). There are at least three lumps on her back and back of her neck that keep spontaneously bleeding? Really strange.

Will let you know

Polo123
11:33:50 Thu
Jun 9 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Hopefully they'll be able to get her sorted :smile:

SashasMum
09:47:34 Fri
Jun 10 2005
Re: Spotty Head
The vet reckons she has had an allergic reaction to some kind of insect bite. Of course she has the satuatory antibiotics and she has been treated with an anti bug thing which lasts a month. We were told to keep up the antihistimines etc, so I'll switch to Benadryl as that seems favourite on here!

Definitely going to keep her off the beach - it all started after she had been digging in banks of seaweed!

Polo123
11:53:30 Fri
Jun 10 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Hopefully her new medication will kick in quickly and she'll feel much more comfortable, bless her.

SashasMum
13:56:02 Fri
Jun 10 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Well you would hope so wouldn't you Linda, but in typical boxer fashion, Sasha decided not to make life quite that easy!!

Had to take her back to the vet as she took an allergic to the Advantix!!

She started pacing the floor, crying and just wouldn't settle! Vet said her temp is slightly up and has given us a slightly higher does of Piriton (I think?). If she hasn't settled by 7pm he says to take her back and give her a steriod injection! All this for hives!!

The ones on her back look awful now - looks like her coat is almost matted in places. Rob is going to bath her this evening and see if that helps with the itchies at all.

Dogs - who needs em!

jacquie
07:51:49 Sat
Jun 11 2005
Re: Spotty Head
Got your message, Glad things got sorted. Did you have to go back at 7pm?
So sorry she had a reaction to the stuff. How is she today? I'll phone you later on.

SashasMum
10:48:47 Sat
Jun 11 2005
Re: Spotty Head
No, thankfully we didnt have to go back at 7pm. Once the antihistimes kicked in she was a lot better! It was so scary at the time though - the only time I had seen a dog behave like that was my last girl just before she had a fit!

Anyway, you can still see the hives down her back but I will just keep giving the piriton until they go.



Polo123
22:17:46 Sat
Jun 11 2005
Re: Spotty Head
So glad to hear Sasha's feeling much better, hopefully she'll soon be back to normal :smile:

SashasMum
09:13:34 Fri
Jun 17 2005
Re: Spotty Head
The rash all over her body appears to have calmed down now, we are just picking out the last of the scabs!

Her head looks a lot better and even the "acne" under her chin is looking a lot less red. I think a lot of it was this allergy to be honest as there are scabs all over the place!

She has finished anti biotics but I am going to keep her on antihistimines for the time being - the vet put her on 16mg a day so I am going to keep that up now until I see a complete improvement!

Fingers crossed she will give me a peaceful life for a few weeks now!! Oh wait a minute she's a boxer - wot peaceful life!!!!

Guest [Unregistered]
18:08:46 Mon
Jun 5 2006
Re: Spotty Head
how much antihistamine would you give a 85lb lab and
how often?


SashasMum
19:31:05 Mon
Jun 5 2006
Re: Spotty Head
I wouldn't really like to give any dosage advise. All I can say is that my girl is 23kg (51lbs) and I give her 1 of the standard antihisitime twice daily, but that depends on what I am treating and how long I need it for.

She takes a reaction to something at this time of year (I think its larvae in puddle where she drinks etc) and she gets bitten on her head and chin etc.

I just give her 1 tablet (I can't find the box but you can buy them in Tesco or any chemist - not a named brand). If it is severe, I give her one, twice a day until it improves.

Again though, each dog and each breed is different and of course their different ages count too. I wouldn't advise giving your lab any antihisitime without checking with your vet first, just in case it reacts to any other medication etc.

Sorry if that doesn't help much!

CHAOSS_MUM
18:56:13 Tue
Jun 6 2006
Re: Spotty Head
Sorry i missed this one earlier. Sand flies are little buggars for biting so it could possibly have been a reactin to them. I saw some people on hols with sand fly bites and they were large, red and blistery looking and I could only imagine how painful and itchy they were!!!

Glad things are improving tho

Amanda

SashasMum
13:07:11 Wed
Jun 14 2006
Re: Spotty Head
The rash on her head came back in last few weeks - first time since last summer. I think you are right on the sandflies Amanda, it's that or larvae things in puddles.

The rash all over her body I mentioned earlier actually ended up being linked to her seperation anxiety! When she got stressed she came out in hives and now, as she has recovered since Christmas, the rash has completely gone - go figure!



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