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Dog Lumps on Body

by Anonymous Reader

My dog is a male, 8 month old, Brindle Boxer. While laying in his crate 2 days ago, like he does all the time, he suddenly broke out in terrible lumps all over his body. We had last checked on him about 30 minutes before, and he had not been out of his crate prior to that in about an hour. The lumps look almost identical to the picture you have of "hives" on this website. We gave him benadryl but after 45 minutes of it not working, we took him to a vet.


They said he probably got stung by a bee and gave him a shot and pills to take every day for a week. The bumps went down, but 2 hours later at home, they came back. We gave him some more benadryl, and after a little while they went down.

But now, he is throwing up alot and we can't figure out why. He is very sluggish and dehydrated. I'm concerned this is more than a simple bee sting, but I'm not sure what to do.

Help my dog!!

Editor Comment - Dog Lumps on Body

Dog Hives or Urticaria specifically refers to plaque-like eruptions on the skin, which develop suddenly and may resolve spontaneously without any treatment or management. But, in cases where the condition or dog skin lumps as in this case reappears even after treatment, this surely means that the affected pet is still exposed to the possible allergen.

In dogs, the condition you describe may be caused by various allergenic factors, which may be inhaled or ingested. There are various causative factors such as an insect sting, medication, exposure to chemicals like carbolic acid, turpentine, carbon disulfide and crude oil may trigger an auto immune response within the body.

Non – immunologic factors too can cause urticaria in sensitive dogs, these may include pressure, heat, sunlight, psychological stress, exercise etc. Some dogs are genetically hypersensitive and may exhibit repeated symptoms of urticaria from a young age.

So, your dogs skin lumps suggest that your dog is relatively hypersensitive and needs careful handling of the condition. Remember, researchers believe that administering anti-histamines to such dogs is questionable as a long term therapy since therapeutics like those contained in Benadryl or other anti-allergic shots may also act as causative agents.

For such cases, it is always recommended that a detailed examination along with laboratory screening should be done. This includes having detailed allergy tests performed, the removal of possible dietary allergens and the treatment of such dogs only with with corticosteroids.

Anti-histamines should never be administered over the long term, as they are ineffective and can only worsen the condition. It's better to discuss this with your veterinarian and initiate a long-term management program with with adrenocorticoids or mild histamines like hydroxyzine.

For support, try to keep your pet calm and free of any psychological stress, and monitor your dog for any external or internal parasitic infestation since dog skin hives or similar allergic response is quickly triggered by some type of parasite.

For now, we also suggest replacing all of your dog's bedding and the crate, along with shifting the bedding/housing arrangements to a more secure and relatively darker and cooler place.

In terms of diet, do not feed your dog possible allergens such as dairy products, barley and foods with a high energy content (high levels of carbs). Try simpler diets, containing lesser artificial ingredients.

We also recommend the use of some natural remedies, which can help to reduce stress and control any possible parasitic infestations in your dog. Good choices are Pet Calm for stress and Skin and Coat Tonic to improve skin condition. Along with these remedies,for added support you can use some skin and immune system natural supplements such as Nutri-Vet Allergy Eze, to combat any possible secondary dog skin problems.

Best of luck identifying the removing the underlying cause for the dog skin lumps.

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Boxer Dog Skin Bumps

by Ashley Baker
(Shoreline Washington)

I am wondering if anyone on here can give me any advice. My puppy Addie is a little over 1 ½ spayed female brindle boxer. We got her when she was 5 months old and after only 4 months of having her she started experiencing some skin issues.

We took her to the vet he said it was just puppy acne and fleas not to worry. Then about 2 months went by and we got her flea drops and the bumps on her body still didn’t go away. They had seemed to get worse.

So we took her to a different vet and she said that she had a bacterial skin infection on her body, which caused the bumps (they were on her back, underbelly, hind legs, and butt). She was on antibiotics for 12 weeks and during that time period we stopped the antibiotics 5 weeks into the treatment and she got the bumps again 2 days after we stopped so we started her back on.

While she was on the pills her bumps had subsided to only 3-5 bumps. We took her off the antibiotics 6 weeks ago to look at other options. The bumps did come back so we decided we would see if she had a food allergy.

She was on nutra nugget lamb and rice, so we eliminated corn, wheat, and chicken and put her on Blue fish and sweet potato. Her bumps stayed the same but her itching was not as bad during the first 2 weeks of fully being on Blue.

The past 4 weeks have been the worst for her. She is covered in the bumps and now I have noticed that her hind feet are pink between the toes and on the underside of her paws. I have done a lot of research and cannot determine it on my own. I was thinking a contact, inhalant, or food allergy. I came up with food in the end because it was not a seasonal occurrence as she has had it for 8-9 months, but also is not located in areas where there is not a lot of hair.

I would love to take her to the vet but she has issues with the other dogs that are in there so I would love to figure out as much as I can to help her at home.

She has been getting a bath weekly with oxydex shampoo for the past 7 months. We contacted the people we got her from because they own the mom and dad to see if they knew of any allergies, they said chicken and rice for sure. We ended up switching Addie to the same dog food her mom and dad are on which is Natures Variety Prairie New Zealand Venison and millet. I figured if it is a food allergy then since both of her parents have no reaction to this food neither would she. We are almost 100% switched over to the new food but we recently had a conflicting incident.

I went on a week long trip and while I was gone my parents watched her and while I was gone her bumps got better. When I arrived home she only had a few on her lower hind legs and on her butt. But only 2 days after being home she is all covered again.

Which makes me think its something I am putting her in contact with or giving her. I have been racking my brain for days to figure out what changed. We feed her with the same scoops, same bowl, same food, she slept in the same bed with the same blankets, and they didn’t feed her scraps like I told them not to.

I cannot think of anything besides my makeup, and face wash that is different from my parents. I am going crazy because I cannot help her. I have been giving her Benadryl 25mg once a day (she is 43lbs).

Has anyone experienced this? I have some pictures I will post, but it is very hard to take a picture of the bumps. Since she has now been 100% on her new dog food ( the food both of her parents are on with no issues) her bumps are the worst I have ever seen them today.

The pictures don't show the bumps very well it is really hard to get a picture of them with her black and brown short fur.

Vet Suggestion Boxer Dog Skin Bumps

Hi Ashley,

I think there is a good chance that you are right in thinking that allergies may be at the bottom of your dog’s skin problems, but without getting her into the vet for a fairly thorough work-up, you can’t be sure. You’ve tried a lot of home remedies and nothing seems to be working, so I think it’s time to move on to the next step. If you are uncomfortable bringing your dog into a clinic because of her “issues” with other dogs, why not call a mobile veterinarian who can come to your house?

It sounds like you’ve done some research into canine allergies. Your thoughts on contact versus food versus inhalant allergies are right on track. My opinion is that a contact allergy is probably the least likely because the bumps are over most of her body, including areas protected by hair. You’ve picked good foods to try to eliminate food allergy from the list (you want protein and carbohydrate sources that she’s never come in contact with before), but it can take 6-8 weeks of feeding that type of food and NOTHING else to completely rule out food allergies. I don’t know whether you’ve been that thorough or not with your food trial.

That leaves inhalant allergies, the most common type. Your dog can be diagnosed by first ruling out other causes of bumps/itching and then perhaps an intradermal skin test to figure out what she is allergic to. Treatment can involve desensitizing allergy shots or medications to blunt the allergic response and improve the skin barrier (e.g., prednisone, cyclosporine, omega-3 fatty acids, and other oral or topical products).

Good luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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please help my dog my best friend
by: shannon

I woke up in the middle of the nite to my dog ffitching her ears like crazy and now she has these bumps on her face she also has to take meds for her seizer she acts like it hurts her whatcan I do for her it just breaks my heart

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Experience with "Boxer bumps"
by: Anonymous

My box began having the "Hives/Bumps" around 6 months old. Typical vet treatment of steroids and Benadryl. This would help for a few hours then they would come back. My boxer also has pink/red skin on neck, chest and paws. He constantly chewed his paws and scratched. After reading a lot in internet info, I finally decided to try virgin coconut oil. This took a good 3 months of about 2 table spoons per day, but it has paid off. His bumps are almost always gone, but does have the occasional flair up of a few (2-3) from time to time. Pink/red skin is also gone. Also switched to Grain free food, although this doesn't appear to be the cause, because I tried to wean him off the coconut oil and the bumps came back within a week or two. We have been using the coconut oil for about 9 months and out boxer's skin is great with very few bumps or rashes. Hope this helps anyone with similar problems.

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bumps on my 2 1/2 year old boxer!
by: la

I,v just started to look into this. SPike has a case of this going on.These r bumps like something bit him. so when i bath him this helps. im useing a dif cleaner.(hibiclens) I wash his blankets and keep his things up but he has had these for two weeks ,last year he had them and they cleared up . what is funny he throws up when this starts. liquid & or food. so i mix rice raw egg &milk up he seems to like it.& he eats it slow the egg slows him down . I have a vary emoitional dog & smart as a whip. 2 smart. but this could be stress bumps too. Im just gona keep a close eye on things & see what affects him & how his behavior is.I havent got the answers but im sure i wil find them because ur animals body speaks 2 u if only u pay attention. I will see what happens, be4 I used tea theraphy shampoo, this did help calm down the bumps, but there were some still there. I will try to keep posted on how it goes. but im not on the internet much.

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bumps on my 2 1/2 year old boxer!
by: laur1975@hotmail.com

I,v just started to look into this. SPike has a case of this going on.These r bumps like something bit him. so when i bath him this helps. im useing a dif cleaner.(hibiclens) I wash his blankets and keep his things up but he has had these for two weeks ,last year he had them and they cleared up . what is funny he throws up when this starts. liquid & or food. so i mix rice raw egg &milk up he seems to like it.& he eats it slow the egg slows him down . I have a vary emoitional dog & smart as a whip. 2 smart. but this could be stress bumps too. Im just gona keep a close eye on things & see what affects him & how his behavior is.I havent got the answers but im sure i wil find them because ur animals body speaks 2 u if only u pay attention. I will see what happens, be4 I used tea theraphy shampoo, this did help calm down the bumps, but there were some still there. I will try to keep posted on how it goes. but im not on the internet much.

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Allergies
by: Joann

I too have a boxer, he is 7. I began dealing with the similar situation when Koda was about 2, did the vet, food research, racking my brain thing, til one day it hit me like a ton of bricks. Koda was laying on livingroom floor (where it has full carpet) and he was doing his usual, nawing away at his pink paws, something carpet must be causing this. That was the only thing that made sense. Right? So I start with the sensible thing, heavy duty steam clean. With my house being 90% carpet I hired a professional. He condition vastly improved for the next 3 months. Then I could see his symptoms return and one unhappy miserably boxer. I didn't wait long before I started ripping carpet out. Best thing I ever did!!!!! Not a hardwood fan but I'll do anything for my koda! His paws are still a hue of pink between the back paws but not like they were. Hope this helps if you still have not found a solution. Good luck.

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BOXER DOG SKIN BUMPS
by: PAM

one thing that has saved my dogs from major problems is apple cider vinegar. i make sure to put 1/4 cup in their drinking water every day. try it.

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by: Sasa

My 6 year old female boxer developed skin bumps that were concentrated on her head, back of neck and inner and outer ear flaps. They seemed to come on as small bumps on her head right around the end of her pregnancy, and stayed pretty small for a couple months before getting more prominent in size and quantity (about the size of a pea and transparent in color, looking almost like a blister, but hard with no apparent oozing/crust).

Then when two of her pups got to be 5-6 mos old they had mites (demodetic mange). In addition to the oral noromectin, we bathed them every 1-2 weeks in Pyoben shampoo, which has a follicular flushing action. At that time we also bathed the mom with the same shampoo, because we typically used it on her feet, which get inflamed quite often (we have woods and a "creek" out back that seems to merge with our leech beds).

After the second bath for the mom, the bumps seemed to start to recede. Could have been a coincidence, but I normally didn't bathe her much so I can't help but feel that the Pyoben shampoo (or maybe just finally bathing her) made a difference. They have been gone for 3 months now.

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Boxer Skin Bumps
by: Linda

Hello... I'm not a vet - or an expert on dog skin issues. However, I've been though people skin issues and found that some of the things I have learned can also apply to my pets.

First, you've done a lot of work and spent a lot of time (and money) doing the right thing for your dog. I agree with the vet though - she should be seen if you cannot get to the bottom of the issue. (My older dog is also not good with other pets when at the vet.... they know this and schedule him at the end of the day... as soon as we go in - we're put in an exam room to wait for the doc. No waiting room time at the beginning of the visit - and usually no one left in the office by the end of the visit. (This works best if you can bring another person - to take him to the car when you're finished - so you can follow up and pay, etc)

As far as the skin issues. It does sound like an allergy - I agree with the Omega 3... add it to her diet and keep her on it. Also, since you said the problem cleared up when she stayed at your mom's... Investigate things like cleaning products, laundry detergent and softener, your perfumes, etc. (If you shampoo your carpet - but your mom has hardwood floors... or if you use one type of detergent on the kitchen floor but your mom uses another, etc) That's just another avenue for you to try. Also - do you have your yard sprayed for weeds, or fertilized? Maybe she's getting into something in the yard that's irritating her skin... (I am allergic to Rue... and found out the hard way)...

Good luck - and thank you for being so diligent with your pups care.

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Dog Skin Bumps

by Jim H
(Winnipeg, Canada)

Reader Question: My dog Hunter is a 2 1/2 year old Chocolate Male Lab that has bumps on his back - they number 20 to 25 in total - seem to be still coming but not as fast as before - they start out as small gray patches on his skin - seem to be a little watery at the start but not yellow pus - then grow to be about one quarter to one half inch in diameter about a quarter inch high - once that big they are very hard - no liquid can be aspirated from them - my vet tried and charged me $100 for nothing - results were inconclusive - they seem to be bumpy with small indents/holes on top - like a human wart is the best comparison- they are not hot, red or itchy they do not ooze or leak and seem to grow no bigger once they reach a half inch - 1 or 2 seem to have gone down by themselves -his skin seems a little dry - some flakes but not a lot - for some reason they are clustered around his spine - all are within 2 to 3 inches of his spine - except for the ones on the back of his neck - none on his belly, chest or under his chin all are on the top side of his body.

I counted 5 on the back of his neck, 5 on his shoulder - seems to be the biggest ones are here - 3 on middle of his back 6 lower down his back very close and above his spine- 4 near his tail - if I try to scrape them they do bleed and the blood is not watery like if it was an infection or pimple - other than that he is in excellent shape - eats like a horse - no change in what I have been feeding him and none of my other 2 dogs have this condition.

I cannot believe he is the first dog to ever have this problem - so there must be someone who knows what is and how to treat it - just need to find out where the info is in some vet website. I will let you know if anything changes and/or if some clear up on their own- If I made a cut in 1 and put antibiotic on it and cut one and put antifungal on it could that give us more of a clue what it is or rule something out ??

My vet called again saying they still think a biopsy is the next step and they still want to put him under - they CLAIM if they use a local it might compromise the biopsy results - any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dog Health Guide Editor Answer: Thanks for your question regarding dog skin lump problems. Dog skin bumps or lumps are considered to be a common symptom for several conditions. They may occur on any part of the body, but remember that bumps which appear on a specific part of the body (localized) and have some specific characteristics, usually relate to some kind of tumor.

Dog skin bumps due to a common reason such as a parasitic infestation, dog skin allergies or any fungal or bacterial infection are generalized across the body and have some specific signs, such as itch, inflammation and contain fluids, as you say none of these signs are noted in this case.

The symptoms you have described represent a couple of possibilities, these dog skin bumps appear to be related to the endocrine system (pituitary, adrenal, thyroid glands etc.) which regulate hormonal balance and secondly these seem to be some kind of tumors, - both of these conditions are correlated.

Tumors have some specific characteristics, like these they contain hard or firm content and they grow in a specific pattern like you described - appearing on the back of your dog around the spine, neck and tail.

It is probable that symptoms such as indents/holes on top of each bump indicates that these tumors originate from the base of a hair follicle, i.e. from the sebaceous gland. The secretions of these glands accumulate and thus form bumps over the skin which enlarge and becomes harder over time.

An initial diagnosis of this type of condition require a detailed clinical history and physical examination. Preferably, a history of any diseases related to the pancreas should be considered. Secondly, the content of the bumps should be examined.

If the results of the clinical procedure remains inconclusive, a biopsy along with some other important tests are usually required. The tests may include detection of hormonal levels in the blood and immune system status. Sometimes radiographs help to reach a conclusion on the status of the pancreas.

Per your veterinarian's advice, you should take your dog in for a biopsy, but make sure that the tests conducted will lead to a clear result.

Specific treatment of this condition can only be possible if the exact cause of the dog skin lumps are diagnosed, even if such tumors do not appear to be dangerous or fatal for your dog. It is important to eliminate all of the dangerous or possibly fatal possibilities.

You should remember that tumors do not initially cause any notable clinical symptoms; with the physiology of the body worsening over time.

For time being, you should regularly bathe your dog with a quality cleansing and anti–seborrheal shampoo such as Nutri-Vet Medicated Antibacterial Shampoo for Dogs. Also try using supplements containing vitamins and anti–seborrheal fatty acids such as Ark Naturals Royal Coat for Dogs and Cats. Reduce the quantity of commercial food you give to your dog and provide home made simple foods. You can also try a homeopathic skin and coat supplement such as Skin and Coat Tonic.

Best of luck and let us know how your dog progresses.

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6 month old female yellow lab
by: Anonymous

My 6 month old lab seems to be going through the same thing. I too brought her to the vet and paid well over a hundred dollars to get no answers. We are going to have a biopsy done next week and hope to get more answers.

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Dog Red Bumps on Body

by CHASTITY
(GEORGIA)

I have a boxer that is 3 months old. and the last month or so she has had these dog red bumps on body that look like warts all over her I mean everywhere on her body. Her belly is eaten up with these bumps and now the last 3 weeks her hair is coming off in patches all over her back. Then when the hair falls out she scratches the spot till it bleeds.

We have treated it with medicated shampoo and antibiotics. We have changed her cage bedding and food.

What else is there to do? The bumps wont go away. She keeps getting more and there is a bunch on the top of the tail toward her back.

Any suggestions?

PLEASE help, thank you

Chastity

Editor Comment Dog Red Bumps on Body

Dear Chastity,

There are a number of different diseases that can cause a dog to break out like this all over her body. She needs to see a veterinarian for some diagnostic tests to find out what is going on.

The vet will probably start with a physical exam to rule out something relatively obvious like a flea infestation and then follow up with skin scrapings to look for mange mites, cytology to rule out a bacterial or yeast infection, and possibly test for ringworm as well.

Good luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Bumps on dog Skin and Rear

by gustavo
(new york)

My dog is a Blue Nose Pitt bull who is 4 months and 3 weeks. She has bumps on some parts of her body, mostly on her rear end. She is also scratching alot.

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Bumps can occur for various reasons. These may be dermal (skin) infections, allergies or simply inflammation due to over sensitive skin. Symptoms such as itching, scratching, hair loss and lesions in advanced cases are common. More bumps on the rear end indicates that your dog is suffering from a parasitic infestation.

The pathogenesis (development) of such conditions show that if they are left untreated, a dog will frequently scratch the area causing self injury. This will result in the formation of lesions on the skin. Secondary bacterial infections are sure to develop. As a result of the infection, the dog would then experience signs of a generalized illness which may require antibiotic therapy to heal any infections that take hold.

We suggest that you regularly bathe your dog with any quality medicated shampoo such as DermCare Medicated Anti-Itch Shampoo, initially at least 3x a week for a couple of weeks to treat itching and the inflammatory bumps. Thereafter, we recommend bathing your dog regularly at least 1x a week.

During treatment, natural remedies such as Manage Mites Spray can also be used in combination with a medicated shampoo. Using both is considered to be a very effective approach.

Along with treatment of your dog, you might need to disinfect your dog's environment (furniture, floors etc) and your dog’s belongings. For the safety of both you and your dog look for a product such as Benzarid environmental spray to effectively clean the area.

Take good care of your dog, and keep her indoors until it recovers. You can also offer her treats specially formulated for skin and coat care such as those made by Authority Skin & Coat Fortified Treats.

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Rash/ bumps
by: Anonymous

I have a 6 yr old mini dachshund. One week ago I came home from work and she wasn't using her hind legs. I took her to the emergency vet and she was diagnosed with a pinched nerve. Because she wasn't moving very fast I had put her in a doggie diaper this lasted about 2 days as I noticed she was getting a rash ( she was being changed as needed but no more than 2 hours in a diaper and rinsed daily). This rash has now calmed down but she has bumps that do go up her back and seem to get a few more each day. I called the vet they had no space for her today should I bring her back to the emergency vet for care. I am afraid it is a bacteria.

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