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15 September 2008 @ 10:37 pm
Skin condition or injury? (with pics)  
Hi everyone. I recently noticed a weird spot on my big guy Weasley & wanted to get some opinions from the veteran folks here. :)


It's just past his left shoulder, and it's like an almost-perfectly-round bald spot with a small scabby area at the top of it. It looks totally not-round here because I was pulling on his skin to move the fur. Earlier the scab looked dry, but he must have opened it somehow right before I took the picture because it looked a little bloody. It's shiny because I cleaned it and put a little Aquaphor on there.
Here's a slightly closer pic:



Anyway, he doesn't act like it hurts at all, and I haven't seen him bothering with it. We do have 3 other dogs (a male and female Chihuahua and a female Bostie), and Weasley and my little male Chi can get kind of rough during their playtime. Although the Chi is only about 2 pounds soaking wet, he seems to think that Weasley is a chew toy and often gnaws at him. I would chalk it up to just that, but the weird circular bald patch concerns me. =/
Have any of you seen anything like this? I'd appreciate any info you guys can provide. I'd just like to get some advice from other Bostie parents before I completely freak out about this. ^^;
 
 
 
i'm terrified.ce_soir on September 16th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
my chow mix had something like this on her neck. we don't know what it was, if she got gouged or scratched with something. it was a scab and she ripped it open. we put liquid skin on it and kept disinfecting it and it went away eventually. if it doesn't hurt him i wouldn't be too concerned. i would give it a few days and see if it shows any signs of improvement before taking him to the vet.
Elisheycookie on September 16th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
Thanks.. I'm gonna have to keep an eye on it and see if it heals properly and the hair grows back.
i'm terrified.ce_soir on September 16th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Her hair never grew back. She has a scar where the gash was so she's still got a little bald spot. Hers looked a lot worse than your pup's though. I'm sure he will bounce right back. Bostons always do.
Elisheycookie on September 16th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
They certainly are resilient! He's such a tough little guy, he doesn't even seem to know he has an "owie". ^_^
Anastasia: crazybabyanarie111 on September 16th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
Might be a demodectic mange starting... My Boston had it when she was a puppy and it kinda looked like that at first, I thought it was just a scratch but then she started having more of such spots and we took her to the vet.
Elisheycookie on September 16th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Eeek! I hope that's not it. =/
Was it hard to clear up? It's a bacterial thing, right?
Anastasia: crazybabyanarie111 on September 16th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
It is caused by microscopic mites, it took a few months of treatments for our Boston to get rid of it. It's actually pretty common for boston terriers to have it. But it shoudn't be dangerous as long as it's treated right away. Anyway, I hope your dog just got a scratch, but I would keep an eye on it and see if any other spots like that appear.

Edited at 2008-09-16 02:10 pm (UTC)
Elisheycookie on September 16th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Ok, I hate to bombard you with questions, but I just wanna ask a couple more things...
How old was your puppy when she came down with this? Weasley is just about 9 months old now; don't know if age makes any difference.
Also, were there any signs or symptoms before you noticed the spot? And do you know if it is contagious to other dogs? Thanks so much for all your help with this so far. ^^
Anastasia: crazybabyanarie111 on September 16th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
No problem :)

My Boston was about 5-6 months old when she got it, but I think a dog can get it at any age if it has a predisposition for it. It's not contagious to other dogs or humans. The only other symptoms I can think about it is that the skin gets itchy and if demodex is not treated then bad skin infections can follow, but that's at a much later stage.
Elisheycookie on September 18th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the info. I actually think it's starting to look better today...looks like some of the hair is coming back in, so maybe it was just an owwie. Thanks again!! ^_^
Lorindasweetdemonica on September 16th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
emo would get something that looked like that near her girlie parts. We would put neosporin on it and it'd clear up after a few days. our dr said it was just a lil infection from playing too hard or something...
Elisheycookie on September 16th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks...maybe that's what this is, too, cause Weasley and our other dogs are always playing and things can get a little rowdy sometimes. ^^;