Causes of Skin Bumps on Pitt Bull

by Walter Taylor
(Ikes Fork WV united states)

I’ve got a pit bull Boston terrier mix. He is 9 months old. I’ve noticed the past week maybe week and a half that he has got bumps on his sides and back. It’s like a pimple but kinda hard with a rash on the bump. Do you think it is harmful to him?

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Hi Walter,

The only way to know for sure is to have a veterinarian perform a physical examination in order to make a definitive diagnosis. Based on your description here are some things to ask your Vet about.

The bumps you're seeing could be due to various reasons:

Allergies: This is common in dogs and can manifest as skin problems. Allergies can be environmental (like grass, pollen, dust mites) or food-related. These are generally not life-threatening but can cause significant discomfort. In severe cases, allergies can lead to skin infections due to excessive scratching.

Parasites: Fleas, ticks, or mites can cause skin issues. Your dog may also have a rash if he's allergic to the bites. Fleas and ticks can transmit diseases, cause anemia (particularly in puppies), and lead to skin infections. Mites can cause mange, which can be severe if left untreated.

Fungal or bacterial infections: These can cause bumps and rashes. These can be painful and can potentially
spread if left untreated. Severe infections can sometimes lead to systemic illness.

Sebaceous cysts: These are generally harmless and are filled with sebum, a waxy material. They can appear as hard bumps on the skin. These are generally not harmful but can become infected if they rupture.

Puppy pyoderma: This is a bacterial infection that is common in puppies and young dogs. It can cause pustules and rashes. This bacterial infection can be uncomfortable for the puppy but is usually easily treated with antibiotics.

Insect bites or stings: These can cause localized swelling, redness, and itching. These are usually minor, but in rare cases, a dog can have a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate veterinary attention.

I'd keep an eye on your dog. If the bumps persist, seem to bother your dog, or if your dog shows signs of illness like loss of appetite, lethargy, or changes in behavior, please consult a vet as soon as possible. They can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Don't try to pop or squeeze the bumps, as this could potentially lead to infection.

Even conditions that are not generally harmful can become serious if complications arise. For example, excessive scratching can lead to skin infections, and untreated infections can sometimes spread and cause systemic illness.


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Dog Health Guide

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