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    Default Re: Sherman's Face is BRIGHT RED and HE Has BUMPY WELTS EVERYWHERE!!

    Can you check her rear? Fleas tend to stay in a warm area -does he have any redness in that area -near the tail?
    It looks like an allergic reaction to flea bites - poor boy -hope you get to the bottom of it xx
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    Default Re: Sherman's Face is BRIGHT RED and HE Has BUMPY WELTS EVERYWHERE!!

    Quote Originally Posted by i love my bully View Post
    my dog has had itchy welts for the last couple days. I wish I could help relieve his pain and itch. hope both our dogs get better fast! is there anything that you have tried that might have helped to give him some comfort?
    not sure how old your dog is but benadryl 1 per 25 pounds but im not sure what age you can give that and some hydrocotisone cream and powder seemed to help sarah when she had hives or some itchies.

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    oh i hope your baby gets better. i washed sarah in some shampoo and had her at the emergency vet and at the vets the next morning so shampoo can do that but this seems to be going on to long for that. i sure hope you find out what it is thats causing this. fleas can cause a severe reaction if you pet is allergic.

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    Hi, it could be an allergy to the fleas, a lot of dogs have allergies to flea bites. Do you use any preventative medication for fleas? We use Revolution once a month from June to October.

    The skin is the major barrier between the internal environment of the body and the external environment's hazards. The epidermal layer is "disposable," in the sense that its very rapid rate of production of new cells can make up for significant loss to abrasion, injury, etc. It has a considerable, but finite, capacity for immediate repair.


    The skin is a "target" for exoparasites. Fleas and ticks have developed ways to get past the thin epidermal layer (especially that of the flanks and abdomen, which is why it typically is localized to these areas); they can easily pierce it with their blood-sucking apparatus to access the rich network of blood vessels in the dermis. Systemic exposure to allergens is pretty much inevitable as the fleas take a blood meal.


    If hypersensitivity develops, the tissue damage associated with inflammation may become too great even for the skin to repair and opportunistic infections with common bacteria (principally Staphylococcus intermedius and Malassezia pachydermatis) can gain a foothold. Chronic itching and scratching causes affected areas become alopecic, lichenified, and hyperpigmented. Hair is affected because it, too, is part of the epidermis.


    So flea allergy dermatitis begins with flea saliva, which contains numerous antigenic materials: amino acids, aromatic compounds, polypeptides, and phosphorus. These substances have molecular weights between 18,000 to 45,000 daltons with the major allergen of MW 30,000 to 32,000 daltons. Dogs present with a history of severe scratching, chewing, licking, biting, and other signs of pruritus. The owners don't really pay too much attention to a dog's scratching unless it gets excessive and the damage is obvious.


    Sixty-one percent of flea-allergic dogs develop clinical signs between 1 and 3 years of age. With age and continued exposure to fleas, the degree of hypersensitivity may wane. FAD is uncommon in dogs less than 6 months of age because their immune systems are not yet fully competent. Many dogs who are allergic to the bite of a flea have very few fleas on them at any time because their excessive grooming activity removes the fleas.


    Patients usually have papules, crusts, salivary stains, excoriations, and erythema in a wedge-shaped pattern over the lumbosacral region, caudal thighs, proximal tail, ventral abdomen, and around the umbilicus. FAD can be diagnosed based on age at onset of symptoms, distribution of the pruritus and clinical signs, and the observation of fleas and/or flea feces.


    Many dogs affected by flea dermatitis will have recurrent tapeworm (Diplydium caninum) infestations from ingestion of the fleas. The diagnosis of FAD can be confirmed with an intradermal skin test with flea antigen.


    Therapy for the allergic reaction is based on the severity and history of the symptoms: it may include topical treatments, medicated shampoos, steroids, antihistamines, antibiotics, and fatty acid supplements such as skin oil replacement. The effectiveness of allergy shots, or hyposensitization, for treating flea bite hypersensitivity remains controversial. While symptomatic relief can be provided, the only real "treatment" for a dog with this condition is to keep him flea-free if possible. This requires some understanding of the flea life cycle.


    Fleas don't breed on the dog: they deposit their eggs in bedding and nearby objects. The larval fleas aren't on the dog, they're in his environment. While flea-killing agents work on the dog, it's also necessary to kill all the life stages, which means treating the dog's environment. Yard sprays, house foggers, regular washing or changing of bedding will all help keep the flea population in check. The owners need to be educated about flea control methods as much as anything else.
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    How to Help Pets with Flea Allergy Dermatitis


    By Linda Cole


    Responsible pet owners know how important it is to make sure their pets are treated for fleas. Unfortunately, some pets have an allergic reaction to a flea's bite even with flea medication on them. Some reactions can be quite severe. I have a dog that has an allergic reaction to flea bites. Left untreated, a pet will whine and chew their skin raw, which isn't good for them and can drive you and your pet crazy. My dog has flea allergy dermatitis, also called flea bite allergy.


    The first and most important step in helping a pet who has an allergic reaction to fleas is to make sure they are treated with a quality flea control medication monthly. Start treatment at least one month before flea season starts and continue it until at least one month after flea season is over. Talk with your vet to determine which flea treatment would be best for your pet.


    Fleas don't actually live on our pets. Most of their life is spent lounging somewhere in the home. Some people assume that if they don't see fleas on their pet, they don't have a flea problem, but that's simply not true. If you don't find fleas on your pet at the time you inspect them, it doesn't mean your pet or home is flea free. If it's flea season and you have pets, a community of fleas could be hanging out in your home and yard, and using your pet as their own personal diner.


    To help a pet who has flea allergy dermatitis, it's important to treat the pet and the home at the same time and try to eliminate the little pests completely. The best way to control fleas in the home is to have a pest control service spray monthly during flea season; inside and outside. By having an effective flea control on the pet and with an aggressive attack on fleas around the home, you have a good chance of getting rid of the fleas.


    Pets who suffer from flea allergy dermatitis are so sensitive that just one or two flea bites can cause them to chew on themselves constantly, and won’t stop even when their skin has become raw. You don't have to have an infestation of fleas for your pet to be miserable. It's not the flea bite itself that drives a dog or cat crazy, it's the saliva of the flea that causes all the itching. Flea bite allergies are the most common type of allergy found in cats and dogs.


    Signs of flea allergy dermatitis are constant scratching, chewing, licking and whining. Their skin may be red or even raw from constant scratching and chewing. You can feel bumps on their skin when you run your hand over the area they've been chewing on, especially along their back at the base of the tail and along the tail. You may notice an area where your pet scratched and chewed so much, they have a bare spot or thinning hair in the area. They can develop hot spots on their face or other parts of their body, and you are apt find flea debris in the area. The debris looks like little pieces of dried blood because that's exactly what it is. Flea bite allergy can cause secondary infections if left untreated, so it's up to us as responsible pet owners to make sure to tackle a flea problem aggressively and use all of the weapons available to us during flea season.


    Keep your pet’s bedding clean. Vacuum regularly where your pet sleeps, along baseboards, and move furniture so you can vacuum under it. Remove couch and chair cushions and vacuum thoroughly underneath them. Dispose of the vacuum bag after each vacuuming and if your vacuum has no bag, dump the dirt out into a small trash bag and seal it before throwing it away. You don't want any of your captured fleas to escape back into the home.


    If your pet shows signs of having any adverse reaction to fleas even with flea medication on them, talk with your vet. They can recommend a flea control product that might work better for your pet and they can also advise you on other products you can use to help relieve their itching. You want to make sure to use flea control that kills adult fleas and has an insect growth regulator (IGR) which will kill immature fleas before they have a chance to mature into adults.


    Flea allergy dermatitis can drive both you and your pet crazy. Start your fight against fleas before they have a chance to attack your pet or invade your home.
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    I think it is from the fleas also, like the others. My Pitt Bull can not tolerate even one flea bite or she is bumpy all over, red welts and the whole bit. She is highly allergic to grass & weeds also, gets hives. Once you get the fleas under control ( pesty little things) I bet he recovers.

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    Thanks for the info, I gave him Benadryl, however I'm not sure if it has made much of a difference. I thought he had hives but they turned out to be some kind of pustules. He's losing so much hair now because I all the bumps. I feel so bad for him
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    Has he had a skin scrape done? Definatley some sort of dermatitis or possibly mange. He will likely need a medicated shampoo either way, I highly recommend pharmaseb. Poor fella.


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    Quote Originally Posted by i love my bully View Post
    Thanks for the info, I gave him Benadryl, however I'm not sure if it has made much of a difference. I thought he had hives but they turned out to be some kind of pustules. He's losing so much hair now because I all the bumps. I feel so bad for him
    I'd be mad as h*ll if my bully looked like this after the ER Vet & your regular Vet,
    after being on all those expensive meds and after all this time gone by...I'd want
    to beat all their sorry, ignorant a**es~your baby is suffering, I say, spread the
    misery around!

    Please, ask around for a experienced BULLY Vet and get him in, ASAP


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    I gave him a bath with medicated shampoo for fungi. They said he had fungi spores on him. But during the bath he lost so much hair, it actually clogged the drain! I almost cried I'm heart broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    I'd be mad as h*ll if my bully looked like this after the ER Vet & your regular Vet,
    after being on all those expensive meds and after all this time gone by...I'd want
    to beat all their sorry, ignorant a**es~your baby is suffering, I say, spread the
    misery around!

    Please, ask around for a experienced BULLY Vet and get him in, ASAP
    ive been looking for a bully vet, the closest one I found is over a 100 miles away. I'm in Jacksonville nc. I can't stand this place :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by i love my bully View Post
    ive been looking for a bully vet, the closest one I found is over a 100 miles away. I'm in Jacksonville nc. I can't stand this place :/

    Get him an appt on your next day off, Honey and drive, it's not that far away.

    Once you get a correct dx take the copies of the report & dx~always ask for
    copies of vet visits & all vet notes, meds, & dx and keep in folder, even for
    regular exams, you can then always show to ER vets his medical history. Very
    helpful than trying to fill out paperwork espc if emergency and you're scared
    & can't think of details. So w/correct dx, you then take back to Er & regular
    Vet and calmly ask for refunds due to wrong dx, treatment & ineffective meds.

    If you need help, I will pay for the gas there & back, EBN has helped me and I
    want to pay it forward, please do not hesitate to say so...it is done.

    Let me know, Honey...we've got to do due diligence for your baby, both of you
    have suffered enough! I am spitting nails and wanting to gnaw on a**meat like
    a...well, like a bulldog!


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    RIP beloved boy.

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