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    Default Re: HELP: Mystery Skin Sore

    yes i think @desertskybulldogs has about covered it till you can get to the vet

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    Default Re: HELP: Mystery Skin Sore

    I'm so sorry you are going thru this. I have found that with MAXIMUS skin issues are going to be a major issue with him. He is currently being treated for Pyoderma and dermatitis - is on antibiotics,
    medicated baths.

    What bothers me the most about your story is that the VET does not seem to have a flippin' clue as to what is going on. Now we are talking about a doctor, a Veternarian, someone who is trained
    in veternary medicine. This stuff drives me NUTS ! I can't tell you the number of times I've been to the VET where he just looks and looks and shakes his head .... like he doesn't know what to do.

    I am starting to have very little faith and confidence in Veternarians, and if I were you I would look for a VET who is an experienced Bulldog Vet. In my area there are none - I would have to travel
    into New York City. It's a shame more VETS do not appear to have alot of knowledge about bulldogs ----- but this is a "skin sore" and most if not all VETS should be able to treat that despite the
    breed.

    I hope you keep us informed as to the outcome........I'm very interested and concerned.

    - Patrick

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    @LolatheEBD Is there any news on the spot?

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    Default Re: HELP: Mystery Skin Sore

    Hi there, I have an 11 month old bullie boy named Rocco. I noticed a few spots on his back about 6 months ago where the hair was missing. It didn't seem to bother him so I didn't worry about it. At his 6 month check up they said it was probably just a skin mite - and his immune system would kick in over the next few months and fight it so dont' worry about it. It seemed to not be getting worse so I didn't worry about it - per the vets recommendation.

    However - over the next month or so he started breaking out in hives (starting under his eyes, on his feet and eventually on his chest and head). I would call the vet and they instructed me to give benadryl and warned it was probably something he got into outside causing the allergic reaction. This helped with the hives - where they would disappear after the benadryl in a few hours. However it started happening more and more frequently - to the point where one morning after having an attack the night before he was covered in hives and is face was so swollen I could hardly recognize him.

    I rushed him into the vet and they did some tests - it turned out he had mange. Mange is a parasite that all dog breeds carry - but because the bulldog has a surpressed immune system - it causes it to get out of control and they dogs can lose their hair, have seizures and it can be fatal if it goes un-treated. Of course I was freaked out. He was prescribed Mitaban dips - which also has its own set of side effects including "neuroligical events such as seizures" - but I had to risk it. He had 3 dips 2 weeks apart over 6 weeks. All without issue. Thank god! He is parasite free now and seems to be doing great. No hives or allergic reactions since the treatment finished about 3 weeks ago. His hair is growing back and it should be fully back in a few weeks.

    They told me I should keep an eye on it until he is 18 to 24 months old - at which point his immune system should be more developed to help keep the parasites in check. They also suggested I look into supplements to help boost the immune system. I'm trying different foods recommended for bullies that include supplements that help boost the immune system.

    If you haven't gotten him checked for parasites, mites or mange (all the same thing, but the vets seem to call it different things). I would get this looked at right away. I also have a friend with a female bully that gets hot spots that get infected all the time. They said it was allergies that cause them and are doing weekly injections to help - so far so good).

    Good luck and please keep us posted. Find a new vet if you think your vet isn't aggressive enough or not making you feel like they know what they are dealing with. Never accept the first opinion - do your research and make sure you have all the data to make informed decisions about your bullies care. Take care and all the best!!!

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