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    Sorry for the delay..busy day The sores under Basil's eyes are hot spots. Antibiotics (and runny poops to go with it) started. The bumps seem to be hives. They were worse this morning than they were on Sunday, but no swelling on his face. I did get some good pictures, but didn't get a chance to get them on here....we'll see if the kids and dog will give me some time tomorrow! Anyway, the vet gave him an injection for the itchiness, with some pills to start tomorrow (sorry, I don't have the name of them with me). She said I can continue the Benadryl as well, if it is needed. No bath for awhile, until the hot spots are healed. In a week, or when the hives are gone, we will go back to see about allergy testing. The vet recommended that we wait until the hives are healed. I can't think of anything that has changed (detergent, cleaner, treats, food, etc), unless it is something in the yard. Once he finishes off his last bit of puppy food, we will try another brand (unless it seems to be the food). Any suggestions of what kind? Will let you know how it goes and get some pics on here so you can see him.

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    I would try and get the food right first ...it may help the hotspots and reactions. I'm going to tag @savemejeebus because although she's feeding raw she may be able to tell you what is available in Canada or what can be shipped.

    You also mentioned that he went to bed with nothing, and woke up with bumps on his tummy ....what does he sleep on??

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    @shawna...poor Zeus, hoping it's a fast solve!

    With being put on antibiotics, check w/Vet to see if you can add probiotics &
    prebiotics or possibly organic yogurt to his food (helps prevent yeast and helps
    w/diagestion & absorption of vits/minerals in food).

    I'm having good results w/Avoderm's grain free kibble, only been on it 2 wks, it's
    supposed to help w/skin & coat issues. However, Zues may need very limited
    ingredient diet if these hot spots are diet related. Good luck!


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    Hi! Have to head out in a sec for a work meeting but wanted to chime in quickly. We're in Toronto and Fromm is available in the PetValu chains as well as many others. Food is where I'd try to perfect first. My guys react to different types of kibble, they'd get hotspots and hives like how you were saying. They react to different shampoos too, and the only one we found worked best was the 'VetSolutions' brand which you'd need to get from your vet, the oatmeal and aloe kind for sensitive skin. Can't recall you mentioning the food you pup is eating now, what brand is it?

    Ok, will be back a little later. Work's calling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawna View Post
    Once he finishes off his last bit of puppy food, we will try another brand (unless it seems to be the food). Any suggestions of what kind?
    Just getting to this post, sorry. There isn't much more I can add in regards to the hot spots, but I did notice you mentioned trying another food once he's done with his other food. I just wanna throw a suggestion out there that perhaps you might want to try switching over slowly or might get some more runny poops. Try 1/4 new food, 3/4 old food for a few days, then 1/2 new, 1/2 old same amount of time then 1/4 old, 3/4 new same amount of time....then you should be good to go full on. Btw, I LOVE Basil as a name. I had a cat named Basil. Plus it is my favorite herb!
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    @shawna...listening to Dr Oz suggesting Red Cider Vinegar on cotton ball to dry
    up hot spots, if raw then dilute 50/50 then apply. Never heard of this but might
    be worth a try especially under Basil's eyes. Let us know if you try this, how it
    works out...good luck...y'all are in my thoughts!


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    Finally....here are some pictures of our lumpy, bumpy dog:

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    This is under Basil's front armpit. These are the spots (hives?) that he woke up with, after being in his crate for the night. He does not sleep on anything, as he usually just shreds whatever is in there. The crate had been cleaned with just antibacterial soap, and water, as he had thrown up on it. It was rinsed clean with a hose.


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    This is the hot spot under his chin. It has completely healed now. Under chin is red from the bumps (hives?) and his irritated skin.


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    Basil's eye (he is lying on his back, eye closed). Hard to get a picture of this one. In the wrinkle it was much more raw. This area is healing well and is almost gone. So hard to dry this spot out though...just cleaning with baby wipes for now.
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    And at least, here is Basil. If you can make the picture bigger, you can see the lumps all over his legs and torso.

    Poor guy is doing better now with his antibiotics and the pills to help stop the itching. The bumps are almost completely gone (still a little under his armpits), and the hotspots are healing well. Soon I would like to attempt to give him a bath (he stinks!), but I am worried that his hotspots will flare up, or I will cause some new ones. I am going to try out the vinegar, as I have heard this from a few people. So far, no more hives, so we will finish off his puppy food before we try something else. He is currently on Royal Canin Med Puppy.
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    @[replacer_a] Hon, I'd try a new food and not wait, he's clearly reacting to something and I'm
    willing to bet it's the food, give the existing food to a friend and start over!

    Maybe try him on a limited ingredient, grain free, preservative free and give filtered water to
    drink.

    Try a soothing oatmeal shampoo w/cool water, are you giving Benedryl to relieve his itchiness?

    Please keep us updated, he is such a sweetheart


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    Right now he is on a medication from the vet, that is helping with the itchiness. He isn't rubbing himself on the carpet, or the brick wall outside like he was before. The red spots seem to have healed completely. Just curious...if it is his food, why isn't he still reacting to it? Does the antibiotic keep the hives away? Just curious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawna View Post
    Right now he is on a medication from the vet, that is helping with the itchiness. He isn't rubbing himself on the carpet, or the brick wall outside like he was before. The red spots seem to have healed completely. Just curious...if it is his food, why isn't he still reacting to it? Does the antibiotic keep the hives away? Just curious...

    @shawna...I wake up this morning thinking about your Basil and hoping he's well & happy. In thinking over your 1st post and the fact he reacts again when you bath him,
    I'm wondering if, instead of his food being the problem it may be the water and to bath him in filtered water as well as give him to drink and see how he does.

    Please update when you can.


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    Thanks...it's nice to have the online support. Finally gave Basil a bath today- he just smelled so bad it couldn't wait any longer! I rinsed him off, then filled the laundry tub with diluted cider vinegar, and rinsed and rubbed it all over him, using a face cloth on his head. He was dried off the best I could (with about 6 towels and a hair dryer). He loved the attention, and looks and smells better. I'll see how it goes over the next couple of days.

    We haven't changed any food or diet yet. His last antibiotic was today, so I want to see if the hives come back. I'm wondering if he ate a mushroom or something in the backyard. I'm wondering if it was a one time thing. If we keep getting hot spots after this bath, or anymore hives, we'll start to slowly make some changes to see what works. In the meantime, we'll check with the vet about an allergy screening.

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    I give franklin & Grace ACV in there water every time I fill it up and I wash them with baby wipes with ACV on it everytime they come in its really been helping no fleas, ticks or horse fly bites on them it's amazing I love it

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