(Closed) What does my dog have ?

posted 5 years ago in Ontario
  • poll: What do you think my dog has ?
    Fleas : (1 votes)
    25 %
    Mange : (0 votes)
    Allergies : (3 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 3
    311 posts
    Helper bee

    Are we looking at the small red blemishes? It sort of looks like ringworm (which will glow green under UV) or maybe allergies. I can’t really give you a definitive answer through a picture. I don’t think it’s mange though because that’s usually caused by demodex overpopulation in hairy locations (unless it’s sarcoptic mange which is the contagious kind). It causes hairloss and dry, flaky skin that’s super itchy. The vet will do a skin scrape anyway just to be sure (which I recommend because obviously I can’t really tell you yes or no). Allergies can sometimes be alleviated using benadryl, which is 1 milligram per pound, but not always when it’s skin issues. Good luck!

    Post # 4
    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @isabelle_86:  I know my dog got something like that last summer while she was outside alot. The vet figured it was insect bites or stings from her sitting on or near a nest, possibly ants

    Post # 7
    837 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @isabelle_86:  Can you post a better picture of the spots? Are they flat? Scaly? Raised?

    Are they only on his belly? 

    Post # 8
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My dog’s skin looked like this last year when we found out about his allergies. He is allergic to fleas, and will scratch like the devil even if theres only one on him. He also has seasonal allergies from the pollen…. He had to get a steroid shot and be out on antibiotics for a little while.


    Post # 9
    311 posts
    Helper bee

    @isabelle_86:  Ringworm is actually a fungus so deworming won’t have any effect on it. It will help with intestinal parasites though, if you think he has that.

    Post # 11
    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    If it looks like it’s going away/getting better on its own, my guess would be allergies or a secondary infection (staph, yeast) related to the original allergic reaction and itching.  Bulldog breeds are particularly prone to both environmental and food allergies; another tell-tale sign of them would be pinker-than normal skin on the face and between the toes.  Your vet should be able to help you with a multi-pronged treatment to determine the source.  

     Ringworm could be a possibility, but you probably wouldn’t see a decrease over time without treatment.  Careful, though, because ringworm is transferable to people!

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