Understanding Bumps and Cysts on Pet’s Skin

As pets age, lumps and bumps may arise on the skin

As pets start to age, various lumps, bumps and cysts can arise. Many times these can appear suddenly and can have various appearances from raised hairless overgrowths of tissue, to bumps felt under the skin. The most common benign bumps in pets include overgrowths of fatty tissue known as lipomas, and warts. Other common benign bumps include various types of cysts that can sometimes discharge pasty fluid on the skin surface.

Other lumps can have various appearances and can occasionally bleed. While the softer, fatty and freely movable over-growths can be diagnosed as lipomas by a veterinarian, the best way to make sure that these bumps and cysts are benign is to have a veterinary exam. During such an exam, the veterinarian may perform a needle aspirate, where the vet or veterinary pathologist at an outside laboratory examines cells under the microscope for diagnosis. A needle aspirate can be done without any sedation in the veterinary office.

Other times, a surgical excisional biopsy is necessary in which surgery is performed while the pet is under anesthesia. Rather than watching and waiting, if a bump or cyst is growing quickly, it is always best to have a veterinary exam to perform one of these diagnostic tests so your pet receives the best treatment. LearnMoreButton-lipomas

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  1. Do you have a medication for dog warts?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    There is no specific medication for warts. You can try topical castor oil applied to them daily alternated with topical vitamin E. Occasionally the homeopathic remedy thuja given in 30c potency two pellots one time only may help over a few weeks.

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  5. I live in lakeworth fl, and i need my dog checked for these bumps that keeps growing. But i can’t afford to pay for a check up because i’m not working, can u recommond any free vets where i can take him to?

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Edward. There are no free vets that I know of You can try Peggy Adams in West Palm Beach. They may be of help. Also the clinic I work out of only charges $33.00 for an office visit which is fairly reasonable. They are located in Loxahachee. Name of hospital is Palms West Veterinary Hospital. Maybe we will see you soon.

  7. I have a daschund who just turned ten years old. He has developed bumps, and warts throughout his body. I did bring him to the vet for his check up and the doctor looked at them. The doctor told me it was okay and it was due to old age. But now he has gotten patches all over his fur. Like bare spots, what can this be and what do you recommend i use like shampoos and or should i take him back to the vet? What causes this?

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I would take him back to vet to see if any overgrowth of yeast or bacteria on skin. Also ask vet about underlying causes such as allergies and/or hormonal problems like low thyroid and or overactive adrenal gland. These would need to be addressed if skin problem to be solved.

  9. I have a 4 yr. old Border Collie who developed a patch on her right hind side a couple yrs. ago after we came back from vacation. She chewed on it till it was bald. I took her to the vet and they said it was some allergy she picked up on vacation. When it happened again (no vacation, this time), I took her back to the vet and they gave her some hydralazine pills to take and some spray to put on it thinking it was just dry skin. It is happening again & I just can’t keep her from chewing it bald. Do you have any idea what might be causing this? It is always in the same place.

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Allergies are still possible. She may need stronger meds i.e prednisone rather than hydroxyzine to help with the itching. If symptom keeps recurring, then restricted low allergy diets can be tried and/or blood and/or skin allergy testing done to find out what allergic to.

  11. I have 4 cats 2 tabbys and 2 Maine coons I recently purchased 2 new litter boxes the kind that you roll to one side and back. They require clumping litter to work properly . I was using Fresh step granule before. I’m using the same company Fresh step . What is happening my oldest cat the tabby has started to scratch to the point that he is creating scabs around his neck from scratching himself. The other tabby is a female she occasionally scratching but does not have any scabbing. The same with the 2 Maine coons both Males. All are indoor cats never go outside what should I do to stop the Tabbys itching

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Try antihistamine chlorphenirimine at dose of 2 mg twice daily and add fatty acid like missing link to meals from 1800petmeds. Also dMG liquid may help as well as yucca intensive by azmira.

  13. My 7 year old wirehair dachshund has the tiny skin bumps on top of her skin. Is there a shampoo or treatment to care for these bumps and / or help prevent more bumps from appearing on her skin? What is the best defense to care for them?

  14. What is the best defense to prevent and care for the skin bumps. My 7 year old wirehair dachshund has these bumps.

  15. I have 2 cats. My black cat will lose hair on his back, then start losing hair in another place while the hair on back starts growing again. Recently he started losing hair on the back of his legs. He has an occasional sore where he loses hair. He is also scratching quite a bit. What would you suggest?

  16. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Would depend upon underlying cause of bumps. In this breed, low thyroid and/or allergies may be involved. Consider shampooing with ketochlor shampoo every few days from 1800petmeds. Feed low grain , low carb diet such as wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds. See vet for allergy workup if signs persist or worsen.

  17. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Answered below. Also blood work can determine if hormonal issue i.e low thyroid, adrenal gland issue, etc

  18. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Make sure on good flea control like topical advantage or front line. Also consider antihistamine orally such as chlorphenirimine at dose of 2 mg twice daily. Add fatty acid to meals like be well supplement from 1800petmeds. DMG liquid and yucca intensive supplements also may help. Feed all natural diet like halo or wysong from 1800petmeds. See vet for allergy workup if signs persist or worsen.

  19. My lab and pit bill mix are both scratching like crazy even though we have been using frontline plus all year long and even bathing them doesn’t give them relief. We don’t see any fleas or missing hair patches but do notice they seem to stink just a day or two after their bath. My lab has some red patches on her tummy but doesn’t seem to be chewing there. They are scratching like crazy though and miserable! Any ideas on what to try?

  20. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I would recommend vet exam as the odor and eruptions could indicate a bacterial or yeast infection from the scratching, and might need antibiotic therapy. You could try bathing with antibacterial shampoos such as ketochlor shampoo from 1800petmeds every few days, as well as giving oral antihistamine like benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily. Add fatty acid like Be well dog to meals which also may help when used long term.

  21. Last summer I noticed that my 10 year old husky’s left ear was not standing upright like it always had. The flies are terrible here in Northeastern Ohio at times and they do bite his ears in the summer months so I tend to keep him in a lot as he does not tolerate having various ointments used on him. I cleaned his ears good with a preparation I had received from my vet and only let him out very briefly during the rest of the summer. The ear has never stood back up but there does not appear to be any tenderness, swelling or other signs of damage. Any ideas about this and what to do?

  22. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

    PRobably some damage to the cartilage. Not much you can do for this at home, but it will not affect his long term health.

  23. this small dog is a stray, his skin is welted, scabbed up so bad all over him, but cracking open and bleeding around his neck, and its weeping. poor guy. what can I do for him?

  24. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Sounds like needs veterinary exam for evaluation and likely antibiotics in this case.

  25. i was given a minituare schnauser. apparentley ,he was abused and neglected. he is somewhat aggresive. his coat very matted. i bath him, but now i noticed that he has dry flakey skin. what shampoo can i use. please answer me. thanks.

  26. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Try 1800petmeds aloe vera and oatmeal shampoo and conditioner every few days. Add fatty acids like all new salmon oil from 1800petmeds.

  27. my bulldog gets red bumps and bumps under his skin, they itch like crazy and sometimes he has a bad smell,i took hi m to my vet and they sad if he gets one flea on him that is what cause’s the bumps and itching, is this true, and i had to change his food.what is good for him to take plz.

  28. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Try low carb, low grain diet like wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds. Could have have yeast infection, so shampooing with malaseb shampoo every few days may also help. Add fatty acid like super pure omega from 1800petmeds may help as well.

  29. My vet bills are terrible. I have a 13 year old cock-a-poo that is constantly going to the vet for licking her stomach. She is on 2 pills a day of Trental. I am beginning to think my vet is ripping me off and not caring enough for my dog. I am using Epi-Otic that I ordered for her from your company and it has helped more than anything else for her ears.
    Before that, what the vet ordered didn’t help. I am hoping that you can come up with something that I can get for her stomach.
    I have been told to change vets but after all of these years, I hate to do that even with not trusting him.
    PLEASE, try to help me!

  30. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    What exactly are the symptoms that you say you need something for her stomach?

  31. 8 yr old cocker is covered with clusters of bumps with white crust. hair pulls off easily to reveal red sore areas. I have been treating these sores but cant keep up with so many – new clusters of sores appear every day..
    he has had 2 rounds of antibiotics and cortisone that makes it worse. I am treating the sores with chlorhexidine and sulphur, but need to know cause. vet is stumped. I am afraid for his life. doesnt seem to itch much.

  32. me again – these sores heal leaving blackened skin in round patches. the hair never grows back. the white crust covering them comes off easily with the hair. I am dubious of the allergies diagnosis but somehow feel this is coming from the inside, could be wrong. mites? scabies? fungal-yeast? bacterial? have appt with dermatologist then money will be gone – help!

  33. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I would ask vet about possibly referring you to vet dermatologist in your area who is specialist on skin issues. Other thought that comes to mind is to biopsy the bumps and/or culture the discharge to see if any resistant bacteria present and to make a diagnosis of this frustrating condition.

  34. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I think dermatologist is your best choice here for proper diagnosis.

  35. Chris, our sheltie was just diagnosed with Dermatomyositis (DM), which sounds like it may be similar to what your dog is experiencing. This had to be diagnosed by skin AND muscle biopsy. I am not sure of it in dogs other than shelties and collies, but I would reach out to Texas A&M’s DM study program (http://www.shalaine.com/dm/dm.html). I have read that Trental is the most effective in treating DM so far, however use of the generic drug is NOT recommended as it causes a higher occurrence of side effects.
    If a biopsy is necessary, the website has information as to where you can send it for testing. Do be mindful that your dog will most likely have to be put under anesthesia for this procedure. Good luck with your dog, I pray that it is not DM as this is not necessarily deadly, though it is about $125 per month for the rest of their life to treat.

  36. dr dym – i followed your advice and took him to dermatologist ruled out all but bacteria. discovered he was totally immune to cephalexin, which is what they always seem to prescribe (he’s had 4 courses of it). a different type of antibiotic, clindamycin, along with chlorhexidine baths is working for now, but am afraid it will start all over when antibiotics finished. so you did help, bobo and I thank you.

  37. thanks rachel for the valuable information, I am so sorry your sheltie turned out to be in such serious condition.

    I have copied and saved your reply to my faves.

    the dermatologist did a petri-dish test to discover which antibiotic would fight what we discovered to be bacteria overgrowth. he is immune to the one they keep giving, cephalexin -( even my people doctor say said it is a next to useless antibiotic). also am bathing him with hibiclens.
    he is clearing up fast, but I fear the sores and crusts will start all over, am paranoid now.
    thanks so much for info, hugs for sheltie

  38. Chris, Talon & our family thank you for your wishes and concern. I am glad to hear that your pup is clearing up, and hope that this is permanent. At the very least, in moderation I hope that the hibiclens bath will help to heal and prevent the sores from coming back. Best wishes to you and yours. =)

  39. if i remember right – epi-otic is salicytic acid. I also have an older cockapoo, and have found clorhexedine 3% pads are great – kill germs and bacteria. I also bathe him with hibiclens and a sponge – sponge idea is great for cock-a-poo, gets thru all that hair to skin.
    i also changed vets. is hard to do – but is curing bobo, and if I had done it sooner I could have saved scruffy’s life.
    these 2 products may be on this website, I know they are on amazon. duoxo pads in a jar, and bottle of hibiclens wash.oh – and a sponge.
    good luck – u know you are a good dog mom.

  40. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing Rachel all of this valuable information.

  41. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    HI Chris. You are very welcome. Also consider boosting immune system with some holistic suggestions as well, such as a low carb, low grain natural diet like wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds, and consider supplements like transfer factor from http://www.tfpets.com

  42. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks Chris and Rachel for wonderful dialogue and excellent suggestions.

  43. thanks doc- he would starve before eating dry dog food, so spoiled. I have tried wysong samples on him – I wonder if they have canned? even that would be iffy. I will take a look at your supplement suggestion tho. also feel he is going to need probiotics after being on antibiotics for so long. but what to buy to repair his gut flora? acidopholis is only one i know of, commonly used by women after taking antibiotics.

  44. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Try fast balance probiotic and naturevet enzymes from 1800petmeds.

  45. Dr. Dym,
    I have an Australian Cattle dog mix and she is going on 8 years old. We took her to our Vet about a 6 weeks ago because she had broken out with red splotches on her stomach and some places were yellow crusty sores that when you looked at them, the hair just fell out in large clumps. This was mainly on her belly, and around her rear end. The doctor gave her a cortisone shot, antibiotics and ointment to put on the sores. Within a week she was much better. The big sores are gone and her belly has cleared up but she has flaky dander real bad, there are small shin bumps under her fur, and she still has some sore places, but they are not crusty. She is still shedding and the fur is falling out, just not as bad. The doctor told us this was a bacterial infection on her skin and that he had been seeing a lot of it lately. I have no idea what caused it. She is an inside dog. Her skin is dry & flaky. I bought oatmeal & aloe shampoo & conditioner. Should I change her food and add vitamins or supplements so she can get more fatty acids in her diet. She is overweight by 5-10 pounds. She does not seem to be itchy. Thank you and any suggestions would be appreciated.

  46. woodie – your story is my story about my cockapoo – right down to the age and overweight. the right antibiotic required a petri dish test, cephalexin was useless, his bacteria was immune to it . clindamycin turned out to be the antibiotic that fought her crusty sores and hair loss. I have found that bathing him in straight hibiclens does a great job but cant completely get rid of that dander, and the few bumps that are left.
    I too am interested in what dr dym has to say.

  47. after the horrible skin bacterial all over his body is finally cured, bobo’s wart-like growths are still there. they bother him, they are the only things that ever did during his skin scourge.
    I am wondering if they really are warts, they are not crusty. just pink growths.
    even vet could not diagnose. now what?
    never heard of thuja. have tried salicytic acid, vit.E, and castor oil.
    what is thuja and where to find?

  48. me again – I guess they call that dry dandery skin condition seborhea. there are treatments that profess to treat it, including sulphur. pheeee-u!

  49. Katy has bumps on her skin also. I thought they were like hard pimples. Not sure what they are. Never thought of warts! I can’t see them on her because her fur is so dense. I feel so bad for her, not sure they hurt, except last night I was scratching her around her tail end and I guess I scratched to hard because the next thing I know she is bleeding. I broke open a sore place that I did not know was there. I will try the hibiclens. Thanks! My husband said he thought the dander was Seborhea. I know they have medicated shampoo for that but I don’t want that to dry her skin out any more than it is.

  50. Like you, I am eager and at a loss to help my “baby girl” feel better and get her skin cleared up. I know it must be uncomfortable even though she does not act like it upsets her too much. I know if it were me, I would want to be “normal”. I hope Bobo gets to where he is feeling better and his fur does not come out in clumps either. That is what is so scary. Plus the sores. I must say, I have not heard of thuja. It must be a holistic therapeutic treatment. Not sure where to start to find it. Maybe the doc can tell us where to go online to get it!! I guess your vet couldn’t tell you how your Bobo got his bacterial infection either? I wonder if it is airborne, from the yard, or from something they eat?

  51. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Sometimes topical vitamin E and/or castor oil applied to warts daily can slowly dissolve them over a long period of time.

  52. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Thuja is a homeopathic remedy that is occasionally helpful with warts in animals. Available at health food stores that carry homeopathic remedies. The potency I would get is a 30c potency and would try one pellot by mouth a week for 1 month and see if any changes slowly in warts over that period of time.

  53. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I would first have your vet check a COMPLETE thyroid panel at the lab to include T4, Free T4, and thyroid autoantibodies, as well as TSH. Many vets only measure a T4 which is incomplete in assessing thyroid function. Low thyroid can cause such symptoms. A diet change to a low carb, low grain food like Wysong Epigen diet from 1800petmeds may be helpful as well. Add digestive enzymes like naturevet enzymes to meals to help with digestion as well as a good fatty acid like nordic naturals pet omega 3 fatty acid from 1800petmeds. Another supplement I have recently been introduced to that I have seen some great results in pets is the super antioxidant Canine Health by Life Vantage. To learn more how this type of supplement works in pets see the video on http://www.abcliveit.com If interested in ordering that supplement or the human version go to http://www.mylifevantage.com/drdym

  54. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

    HI Chris…..See My response below. I also like yucca intensive by azmira from 1800petmeds as an alternative to oral steroids. The immune booster glucamune by Rx Vitamins is also wonderful alternative to antibiotics.

  55. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

    HI Chris…..Answered about thuja in other post. However in your dog’s case probably best to work with a classical veterinary homeopath on overall health over a long period of time to address warts, tendency to skin infections, etc. To learn more see http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations as well if you cant find one in your area.

  56. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Also consider thyroid blood test as well to include complete thyroid blood panel; not just a T4.

  57. I thank you for all your great advice. This gives me a lot more to work with than I had a day before. I believe I will start with the simple things and see if any of these work before I go into the expensive blood work at the Vet. How do dogs get warts anyway? I must admit, Vitamin E and castor oil are more cost effective over time and hopefully a better diet will help with the rest. I will look into getting her a good supplement to go with the food. She definitely needs a good diet food that will hopefully taste good. Unfortunately, she is a picky eater but I am sure if she gets hungry enough, she will eat it eventually. I appreciate your help!

  58. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

    You are very welcome.

  59. thanks doc dym – i have picked thru a our jabbering and have a list of products and websites to visit – I like the idea of holistic treatment. i did get a blood workup on him but I bet they did t4 only – will find out.
    woodie, thanks for you good wishes for bobo – he is doing good with his skin prob (except these hard pink pimply things). am going to try vit. E ans castor oil on them too.
    hope you and ‘baby girl’ find the answer – our doggies are priceless for sure.

  60. am replying to myself lol – please pardon typo’s in last post, was too busy trying to get captcha right to do a check. took me 4 trys, tough ones this time. now back to our lil critters……

  61. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    You are very welcome Chris……Let me know if I can help at all in the future.

  62. If you are having a yeast problem, please look in to http://www.NZymes.com My female dogs have Candida yeast and their products cleared up my dogs and I still have them on it too. Just like Dr. Dym said that it could be due to problems with a low thyroid as well.

  63. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Sheryl. I have had many clients have good results with Nzymes products as well. Also avoid excessive use of oral antibiotics, as well as overvaccination to lessen liklihood of allergies and secondary yeast or bacterial infections.

  64. what would be the best product to put on warts? these are hard pink skin tags that appear randomly and stay. am not even sure they are warts, not cruddy or crusty. they are pink and really bother him. I would like to help him with the pain and see them disappear if possible. he has about 12 now, 4 btwn toes, 4 under left ear flap. what should I try? since I dont even know for sure they are warts am reluctant to use conventional wart remover.

  65. me again – vet looked at worst one between toes, shrugged, and said let them go. frustrating.

  66. lol me again talking to self. found answer from dr dym in another column. thuja, vit.e, or castor oil. would be tempted to mix all 3 together, i like to play scientist lol

  67. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    See my other answer Chris….Worth trying the homeopathic remedy and topical treatments.

  68. my 11 yr old chihuahua has developed skin tags. they do not bleed nor cause any discomfort. What is the cause of these skin tags and what should be done?

  69. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Many pets develop skin tags and cysts as they get older for unknown reasons. I usually leave them alone unless they bleed or bother dog; then they can always be removed.

  70. My 8 year old Chihuahua has gotten warts on her little body. Would it be alright if I put human meds oh her to freeze them off? Thank you sandy

  71. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I would not recommend human meds. You could try the homeopathic remedy Thuja in 30c potency one pellot every week for 4 weeks. Also can consider topical vitamin E and/or Castor oil from health food store to warts a few times daily.

  72. cocker/poodle mix started getting build up of dry skin below neck, lower then collar, under right front leg in armpit area and upper right side below shoulder blade going towards right side of rib cage. He doesnt scratch alot himself but is always wanting someone to scratch these areas for him. When you are scratching him he moves his position to these areas. When your petting him you can see the build up coming off. Almost looks like dandruff. Is this normal? It just started a couple of weeks ago.

  73. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Most likely allergies, either inhalent/contact allergies and/or food allergies. Low thyroid also possible in this breed. See vet for workup to help sort this out. Try shampooing with malaseb shampoo from 1800petmeds every few days, and adding fatty acid like nordic naturals pet omega 3 fatty acid.

  74. I use to have a mix breed she was chow/golden retriever she would get these pimples on her skin and i opened it with a needle to relieve the pressure and puss and blood ran out of it but i noticed there was more stuff in it so i mashed it a little and this cauliflower like stuff came out of it and so i kept mashing it until it stopped coming out and it was the worst smelling ick ive ever smelled in my life, but it left a hole where all that goopy stuff came out of of coarse i boiled it out with peroxide and cleaned it up as best i could and put some salve on it. What was it and what was the likely cause of it? Ive never seen this on any of my animals , and ive had many different kinds in my 49 years.

  75. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Sounds like follicular or sebacious cysts on skin. Best to have proper vet exam and evaluation as well as possibly biopsy of them to be sure. Antibiotics may be needed for secondary infections.

  76. I wrote about my dog Katy a few months ago. I took her Vet. about crusty skin spots and she was loosing her hair all over her body. It just kept getting worse. Cortisone shots, antibiotics, & ointments have not helped. I recently took her to the Doggy Dermatologist and what was thought to have been allergies seems to be a Staff infection. The doctor did blood work and checked the thyroid and that is normal. The scrapings and rubbings are still out and the culture is being grown to see what type of antibiotic is needed to fight the infection or what exactly it is on the skin. She had been licking her back feet real bad and limping. Ended up with blisters between her toes and red splotches around the bottom of her pads. Seems this was still part of the infection. General antibiotics cleared this up. The dermatologist gave us some medicated shampoo to use everyday until the results get back. This seems to have stopped the spreading of the sores. So far so good. I will keep you posted on the final outcome. After 4 months it will be nice to have results. Now I know she is overweight because of too many snacks and not because of a health issue. I have cut back on the treats!

  77. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Hope the dermatologist is right and that once the appropriate antibiotic has been used that skin issues will not return. Allergies are so common however, in causing chronic relapsing skin infections. Let us know how things evolve.

  78. Thank you for your reply Dr.Dym 🙂

  79. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

    You are very welcome Vickie. Let me know anything else I can do to help.

  80. took my dog two vets and still can’t help. he gets black spots on his skin, took meds and didn’t help!!!

  81. my dog keeps getting black spots on his skin, vets don’t know what to do!!!!

  82. Your dog has Candida Yeast. Check out http://www.NZymes.com and look at their Healthy Skin Care Kit. You have to do all the steps while you dog is detoxifying for it to work. Worked wonders for my dog when I started using the product July 2011. She has to eat Precise Lamb and Brown Rice and they have a list of foods the dogs can eat and what they can not eat. My dogs love frozen green beans with their food.

  83. It is a good product. Surprised my own vet does not tell people when they have the same issues my dog had especially seeing the good results I have had with my dogs. I even brought brochures of the product to her so she could read it. This product is good for more than the yeast problems. I have a dog with degenerative disc disease. He is 12 and he bounces and plays like he is a pup.

  84. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    If not getting anywhere, then need to get second opinion from different vet in your area on proper diagnosis so problem can be treated appropriately. If needed a vet dermatologist can be consulted for expert opinion.

  85. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Preferably go to vet dermatologist for proper diagnosis.

  86. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Sheryl. Thanks for sharing. I think the Nzymes products are wonderful. Also helpful to work with a holistic vet on long term health issues as well. To learn more go to http://www.doctordym.com

  87. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Unfortunately many traditionally trained vets are not open to holistic treatment options, although that is slowly changing. Keep sharing your experiences on this forum and with your friends and acquaintances.

  88. The results came back a few weeks ago on my Australian cattle dog that I took to the Dermatologist about breakouts and hair loss. Our vet thought it was allergies and treated it as such, but the condition kept getting worse. The dermatologist took rubbings on the slides and grew cultures. The thyroid blood work came out normal. The cultures came back positive for 2 different types of Staph infections. One is easy to treat the other is hard to get rid of with average antibiotics. Dr. gave lots of medication along with frequent shampoos. All the medications were too much for her system so had to cut back to one for now. She is much better. Chlorohexadine 4% +PS shampoo every other day worked real well and now it down to once or twice a week with her antibiotic. Her hair is growing back and the break outs are under control. Will probably have to keep using this shampoo from now on. Small price to pay! It was nice to finally find out what was going on. Expensive, but nice! If your dog has to have a probiotic and does not like the taste of the powder in the food, try the liquid Dan-active or Yakult. This works for my dog sometimes with a little milk added to it. Drinks it up!

  89. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    HI Woodie. Thanks for your story and contribution.

  90. Thank you Dr. Dym for all your suggestions and a place here to “talk” to others who have similar issues. If not for suggestions, I may have waited longer to get my “little one” the help she needed. You provide a valuable service.
    Keep up the great work!

  91. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    HI Woodie. Thank you for your kind words of support. I would spread word about our blog service here.

  92. I have 7 dogs 2 of which have developed very itchy skin hair loss at this point is only a little more than normal which is quite a lot this time of year. I tried mineral oil on the spots to releave dryness and itchieness, did not work. I am really not sure where to start with treatment not sure if it is mange or if it is dry skin from the change of weather. Can’t afford to have it travel to all the dogs it will price us out of any possiabliity of going to the vet. I am going to shave them (long hair lab and golden mix), bathe them not sure what to get this weekend and I have some tea tree oil i will add to the shampoo this to see if it will kill any bacteria or what not. I will let you know if any of this help just need to know what type of shampoo to use genaric mane and tale with tea tree extract added or something more? I have another one of my dogs that doesn’t have itching problems however she has hard lumps on her lower jaw right below her lip. they is hairless and bleeding with no known trauma happening to them. there are 5 of them that I can count. I am very concerned about what they are. I have been giving her aspirne for pain as she has severe hip displasia (no hip sockets) on both back legs. I don’t know if the asperine has anything to do with the bleeding or if there is something more happening. how do i figure out what this is I can not afford a vet?

  93. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I can not advise you on dog with bleeding lumps, as she needs vet evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment. As for shampoo for other dogs, i would recommend medicated shampoo like malaseb shampoo from 1800petmeds over the teatree oil which I have not been impressed with.

  94. my dog has had this skin rash or bumps persay since july of this year. First it started out as a ring then dissipated then cleared up then in aprox a month came back as red bumps about 1cm on his right hind leg, doesn’t appear itchy when he has them. I have treated them 2x and both have gone away (treated with antibiotic cream) and now it is back again. Took to vet initially and he said to keep with this cream if it makes it go away but now it just seems to be coming back. He is loosing hair in these spots. Any ideas

  95. Sorry that med I have him was actually a antifungal cream called Viaderm-K.C.

  96. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Sounds like could be inflammation of hair follicles secondary to bacterial infection. A 3 to 4 week course of antibiotics from your vet may be helpful. Also bathing with malaseb shampoo every few days from 1800petmeds also recommended.

  97. I have had 3 Shih Tzus over the last 17 Yrs ( I had to put my 1st and favorite, Max) to sleep last March due to kidney problems…he was 16 yrs. old). He never had any skin or other problems and was just wonderful…I had several people I should show him because him because he was perfectly marked—soft, shiny jet black hair with a white tip on his tail, a white chest and two white hands and two white feet. My little girl, Molly is 14 yrs old now and has 3 places on her like lymphomas ? The vet says to not worry. She also has little ‘warts ?’ that itch terribly…I have a spray (Dr. Golds Itch Relief) which works well but doesn’t last long. I’ve given her Benadryl (12.5mg. but it only works every 3-4 days). Is there anything else I can do ? My vet does not charge an office visit because he knows I have terminal Cancer and have to pay for my treatments from my very small savings (less than $8,000) but I will use some of that for here if there is something that will help her and I can afford it at all. Can you help us ? Thanks…

  98. What do you mean….Manage your subscriptions ?

  99. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 22, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I would ask your vet about possible script for temaril p which may help palliate symptoms. Other option would be to change from benadryl to different antihistamine like Zyrtec at dose of 5 mg once daily.

  100. I was wondering if temaril-p and clindamycin are safe to mix together. I have a 12 yr old Dachshunds who has issues with bronchites and coughing. Just Want to be sure It’s safe to give her both.

  101. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 27, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I dont think a problem in giving clindamycin and temaril p, although watch appetite with clindamycin, as some dogs get upset stomach on it. Make sure you are under care of your local vet while taking these meds.

  102. I have a active one year old female rottweiller, I noticed a lump on her elbow. She and my male rottwieller always play and be bitting each other on the legs what can i put on it or do for it

  103. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Best to have vet check and evaluation to see if infection, tumor, etc

  104. hello, my dog has terrible atopic dermatitis, she breaks out and scratches herself until she bleeds, we have changed her food, she no longer eats chicken products as she breaks out w chicken, after we tried all those things she was still very bad so i reluctantly agreed to use the medication atopica but i am so afraid of the effects i think she is weak and lethargic and she scratches at her eyes, face and ears now, they are never problem areas. i did try to stop the atopica and use something else but she got very bad again, is there anything you can suggest because i do not really want her on cyclosporines as a nurse i know their effect on the body and im terrified she will get very sick and die. thank you

  105. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Donna. you could ask your vet about new wonder drug called apoquel, which you can read out about on line. As alternative to atopica I would also ask your vet about low dose temaril p which I think has less long term side effects as dose of prednisone in this very low. Also consider yucca intensive and be well from 1800petmeds.

  106. hi dr dym and donna – you guys are giving me all kinds of new words to look up, being a nurse and a doctor lol.

    my dog suffers from hard lumps that bother him, but they arent flea-caused. changing the subject bit here, but wanted people to know the poison-free flea cure I have discovered 4 yrs ago and havent seen a flea since.
    it is a non-toxic powder called diatomaceous earth. I sprinkle it on my carpet and floors, every nook and cranny, twice a year. it is easy to research online to learn how it works and how harmless it is. I would recommend getting down low as you sprinkle to keep from inhaling it.

    this stuff has been a Godsend for me, I hated using flea dots and pills that I knew were poison type stuff, let alone priced out of the park.
    I would sure be interested in your opinion of this stuff for fleas, Dr dym. feel free to move this to proper thread, I couldnt find a flea discussion.
    people need to know about this alternative!

  107. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    HI Chris. Many of my holistic minded clients have found diatomaceous earth quite effective in many cases for flea control. so thanks for sharing. I also love the natural suggestions in book Dr PItcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, dvm, phd Dr Pitcairn has been a wonderful teacher and mentor for me on my holistic veterinary journey.

  108. bo has many little hard lumps – all have a spot in middle. they dont go away, and they do bother him.
    one on his back (that seemed just like the others) began to grow like crazy, and was like a pencil eraser only bigger, in a week, perfectly round. it iched him like crazy but he couldnt quite reach it.
    I rushed him to vet. had surgery – turned out to be a big surgery clear across his back. I am waiting for biopsy but just know it is mast cell cancer. what can a vet do to tell if it has mastacized to organs? and are all the other little hard ones also mast cell cancer waiting to grow then?
    he has terrible seborhhea, I thought they were all sebaceous cysts. they seem to have a bunch of that white stuff around them. just like the monster on his back started out.
    vet-surgeon told me something weird – even while under general anesthetic his back foot was moving as if to scratch as she was cutting.
    9 yr old cocker, sorry to ramble but am a wreck. will write again when I get results, should be today.

  109. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I find a more holistic approach or at least an integrative approach best in managing chronic lumps and/or mast cell tumor disease in dogs. I would work on feeding preferably a home made diet under direction of a holistic vet, as well as nutritional supplements and/or homeopathic remedies to help as well. To learn more about homeopathy, go to http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as http://www.drpitcairn.com My website http://www.doctordym.com also has good information. Many homeopathic vets offer phone consultations.

  110. thanks Dr Dym, I will check both websites. it wasnt a mast cell tumor after all. I think she said benign histiocytosis?
    with 7″ ‘roots, how could it be benign? sounds as dangerous as mast cell to me.
    she was suprised too, convinced she was getting all of a mast cell tumor.
    she said it was a puppy disease; he’s 9.
    I was sooo relieved to hear the word benign till I started reading about this histiocytosis. not good.

    it grew from a speck to 1/2″ diameter and 1/2 inch high in 2 weeks. horrible looking thing – itched him like crazy.

    he has 20-30 little knots that are just like that one started, but stay small . the little hard bumps do bother him, and all have a red or black speck right in the middle. I watch with fear for one of the small ones to start to gtow like a monster.
    has anyone else seen that on their dog? little hard bumps with a speck in middle that seem to itch and hurt? have they been diagnosed?

  111. replying to myself. I researched histiocytosis. it is very serious. no matter which kind he has (will find out when stitches taken out) I can expect him to live 9-10 months.

    I dont mean to scare people, but get dog (mostly males) to vet fast if he has a perfectly round fast-growing lesion.

    will spend rest of day investigating holistic treatments and diets.

  112. dr dym – without belaboring you with background, I have a question. what kind of disease would cause a dog to make itch movements with his leg toward a tumor that was being removed under general anesthetic? he itched at it constantly (on his back, couldnt quite reach) when it was forming and growing. can you give me any idea why and how a dog under general anesthic could make these scratching movements? is horrifying to me.

  113. I don’t see in my e-mail to the doctor any mention of ‘managing” subscriptions…didn’t know I wrote it……. Gelene

  114. dr dym have u disappeared? fee like I am talking to myself.

  115. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Was away for a few days.

  116. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Not sure your question

  117. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    itching was probably involuntary reflex and/or dog possibly still maintaining some awareness of procedure, even though supposedly under anesthesia

  118. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 7:36 am

    HI Chris. Sorry to be so late in getting back to you. Please learn more about chronic constitutional homeopathic process, which has nothing to do with a diagnosis, but on the individualized symptoms of the patient. See the criteria on how I was trained in this modality, as well as potential referrals for vets in your area at http://www.drpitcairn.com as well as the booklet on the website http://www.beyondflatearth.com To me that is best approach to this long term.

  119. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Just getting to your questions now Chris

  120. thanks so much for reply. I will research the website beyondflatearth, have been studying thuja this morning. I should have tried the holistic approach a long time ago, he may not be going thru this now.

  121. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Thuja is a good homeopathic remedy for many lumps and warts, however as a classical veterinary homeopath, I can tell you it should not be repeated more than a few doses, as other issues many arise.

  122. me again, am reading the 119 page booklet learning and understanding the holistic approach. I already have a question. is it too late to for bobo to benefit from a visit or 2 to a holistic vet after 9 years of ‘doing it wrong’?
    I will continue to read this booklet online to the end. thanks so much for the link.

  123. read whole book, wish I had long ago. homeopathic – holistic is wrong word. since the pellets are otc, is there a way I could diagnose and decide on a remedy for bobo? is a homeopathic vet necessary?

  124. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Never too late Chris in most cases. I have seen some geriatric pets have remarkable turn arounds with homeopathy and other holistic modalities. Just need to find a well trained holistic vet. The websites http://www.theAVH.org and http://www.drpitcairn.com offers excellent referrals.

  125. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I would not self medicate your own pet,even with holistic meds. Although OTC, they are POWERFUL medicines that can have powerful effects on the body. See the websites I gave you on other answer for information on possibly finding homeopathic vet in your area.

  126. is a phone consult expensive? the closest homeopathic vet is 100 miles away.
    I just wondered if you can understand a dog’ personality and ailments enough to prescribe the right pellet that way?

    I apologize for hogging this thread and taking it off course, but being introduced to homeopathy thru that book was a gift. thank you.

  127. My Shih Tzus who is 15 y/o now has had little hard & bumpy spots break out on her skin for years … some look like warts and others are just little bumps that itch terrible and I saw one on her today that has gotten quite large with the skin looking stretched and little red veins show through the ski now. I’m taking her to the Vet tomorrow. I ‘ve tried for years to get rid of them and nothing has worked…any suggestions ?


  128. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Not much traditional medicine can offer at this age. I would boost her health with a proper home prepared diet as described on http://www.k9petchef.com as well as work with a holistic veterinarian on improving her health http://www.doctordym.com

  129. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I have personally worked with clients from across the country for years without a problem using homeopathic remedies, based on the symptom totality of the patient. The diagnosis or pathological test results don’t determine the remedy in homeopathy. Most homeopaths charge between $150.00 to $250.00 for an intake consultation which can take from 1 to 2 hours. Followups are done every 3 to 4 weeks initially until progress is made.

  130. Hello Animals lovers,

    I too have had shit zus for over 45 years myself,.. I have four shi tzus myself, and have noticed bump’s up around 5+ years . Their Vet is amazing, I thought I had a case of fleas, however it appeared to be acne, I bathe them all every two weeks as I live in the Desert of SoCal, some of them appear to pea size “ball shaped” if you leave them alone they eventually open on their own , but I tend to keep a close eye on them, Some of them develop a very hard crust , looks like a super tiny little pine cone, they will rinse out at that point, my Vet had gently pulled the skin around the area back and it popped right out like a HUGE blackhead you would get on your own skin. It being patient and watching closely that takes so darn long.But they had no bleeding and left very small pocket n the skin. However, don’t get me wrong, I so see some get pretty big before they open, and yes It truly is like a huge spongy cream or yellowish pea these leave red edges, in my experience , my dogs aren’t bothered by them , but then they open and fade off, of course , I am relieved . The medicated dog bathe is amazing and has truly prevented any new ones . at least not yet , ( 4-5 months ). There are two types I’ve see. is the pea size yucky ones, and the ones that pop right out , they appear to look like ear wax. No smell or fowl odor from Any of mine AS OF YET. However if they DO start to smell bad, My vet advised me , their Mommy,.. bring them in, if those type of changes occur, I know its hard to just give em time, I feel its a natural process to their skin type in my Favorite breed . Hope you all have a great day. Love all the information I see here. awesome feedback

  131. kimber – what is the shampoo that is helping your dog so so much?

  132. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  133. If you feed your dog grain stop immediately and start feeding grain free food. If your dog has skin allergies
    this should help or eliminate them.

  134. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    HI Patti. Thanks for sharing. Low grain certainly helps but animal guardians should be aware that many supposed grain free foods do have starch in them, which is another type of carbohydrate. Make sure feed good quality no carb food like wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds.

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  136. My three-year-old Shih Tzu just had her three-year-old vaccinations two weeks ago. Now I have noticed a lump on her back that feels very soft, The size of a pea and floaty just under the skin. Do you have any suggestions as to what this maybe? It is close to where her vaccinations were injected on your back.

  137. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Most likely a reaction to the vaccination.. Most commonly the lump will slowly go away in coming weeks. If persists or enlarges, then see vet for exam and evaluation and possibly aspirate of lump. In future, AVOID any un necessary vaccinations, including further parvo/distemper boosters, and other un-necessary vaccinations.

  138. My 9 month old golden retriever has developed a growth in his ear. Over the past 3 weeks it has grown tremendously. It is layered like a pine cone. The base is pinkish — but the end seems dry and comes in a point. It’s about an inch long. It does not inch him or seem to bother him at all. He is on a good diet (Taste of the Wild) and is regularly groomed and bathed. He is big for his age (72 lbs) but is also tall (not obese at all). I’ve made an appointment, but wanted to get a heads up on what I should expect.

  139. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Most commonly in dog this age, these type of growths are called histiocytomas, which you can look up on line, and which are typically benign. Sometimes they will go away on their own, but other times surgery is needed. I think vet exam and evaluation is best at this point

  140. I have two problems of the same kind, Molly and Samatha has this problem biting on their backside and it feel like scabs where they are itching or biting. what can I do to stop them from chewing on themselves? Molly is 4 years old and samatha is 8 weeks now.

  141. Ellen,
    When my dog chews an itchy spot raw, I put a T-shirt on her to break the cycle. The combination of the soft cotton against her skin and the barrier (out of sight, out of mind?) calms her enough to get sleep and heal the skin. She doesn’t like to be dressed and will get out of that shirt when it is time to go out, but for taking the edge off that obsessive compunction to chew, the T-shirt cure works indoors. Then you can treat her with any medicines required, or avoid allergens more easily.

  142. cristy leitenbergerJanuary 25, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I have a 5 year old puggle. Overnight he woke up digging and scratching at his body. Now he has bumps under the skin all over his body. Dont know what to do dont have alot of money and it is Sunday and noone is open. I did dye my hair yesterday and dont know if that would of affected him or not. Please help and thank you.

  143. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    You can try oral benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice to three times daily. If no help, will need vet exam and likely prescription antihistamine or cortisone, etc for allergic dermatitis.

  144. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  145. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    You could try benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily. If no improvement, then needs vet exam and evaluation fore proper diagnosis. Check them both closely for evidence of fleas or flea dirt.

  146. We rescued a 1 & 1/2 year old female German Shepherd about 4 months ago. Recently, we noticed a very small, hard flesh colored bump on the inside of her ear. She doesn’t seem to be bothered much when we touch it, and she doesn’t scratch at it. But today we noticed it’s no longer flesh colored, now it looks like it’s darker inside. We looked up close & it doesn’t look like there’s anything alive in there. But the change in color has us concerned.

  147. I have a 7 (almost 8) year old Siberian cat. He weighs over 20 pounds, hates being groomed and develops mats, and I got his hair cut recently. Just a few minutes ago I noticed 3 little flexible bumps sticking out of his skin, 1 on his belly, 1 on his chest and 1 in his armpit. I was almost certain they were ticks! I was able to pull them out using the looped end of a Bobby pin and it didn’t bother my cat whatsoever, and the bumps looked almost like earwax. They were soft, dark in color but dried on the outer edges. I’ve never seen these on him before, should I be concerned?

  148. What is the name of the medicated shampoo that you are using?

  149. We took our dog to the vet when we discovered the cyst. He said it would pop on its on but when it does to clean it a lot, which I did. I looked at it today and it’s pretty much healed except the skin around it turned black. Should I take her back?

  150. I have a long hair Chihuahua 12 1/2 yrs old weights close to 18lbs, recently she had a hair cut and the groomer told me her skin was bad, she has on the back a few little lumps, now that the hair is shorter they are visible, they don’t seem to itch. She also has a growth on one of he ears which has grown lately…she has been to the vet he looks at it but says nothing. On the other hand she’s has been licking and bitting her paws, underneath I believe this is due to allergies as she has always been prone to skin allergies reason why she eats homemade meals. I bathe her with Ketochlor shampoo. Are these growths something like skin tags? should I worry? what do you recommend? thank you!

  151. I have a 10 yr old Shih Tzu who has developed 2 red bunps adjacent to each other between her shoulder blades. These bumps were raised and looked almost like huge pimples with a lighter color head. I attempted to clean the lumps with alcohol and they oozed some blood onto the cotton balls used to clean. How should I proceed…should she see vet immediately?

  152. These comments are very helpful. Do you think a heating pad will ease the pain of my dog’s arthritis?

  153. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Heating pads can sometimes help on occasion.

  154. I have an 8 yo Chinese crested. I adopted her 3 years ago. She came with some skin problems like black heads and dry skin on the insides of her legs. She had a biopsy done on the lumps on her belly which were all benign. Over the last couple of months she’s been getting what look like cysts or giant pimples on her back. I bathe her at least once s week because of her skin problems and I have a medicated shampoo the vet prescribed. These pimples start out small, but grow pretty quickly. I will start to notice a head forming and within a couple days there a multiple heads and the pimple is the size of a silver dollar. I’ve been holding warm cloths on them to soften them as it causes her some discomfort. I’ve never squeezed them bc I’m too afraid of what they could be. The last one she had just burst on its own and there was some clear/red pus. I’m assuming it was bloody pus. Should I be more concerned about these? I’m having a difficult time finding a trustworthy vet in my area. The two in my town are completely in it for the money and they don’t try to hide it. Any help would be appreciated!

  155. HI Amanda. IT still sounds like she will need local veterinary exam as she may need oral antibiotics for 3 to 4 weeks, if the cysts/pimples have pus and/or are infected. You should ask vet about addressing potential underlying causes such as inhalent/contact allergies(known as atopy) or hormonal issues like low thyroid, etc or problems will tend to recur. You also may want to try some holistic suggestions. See the book Dr PItcairn’s guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard PItcairn, DVM, phd which has great holistic and diet suggestions for natural health. You could also work with a holistic vet on more long term safe solutions, although not a quick fix. Learn more at my website http://www.doctordym.com MAny holistic vets do offer phone consultations

  156. Ok so i have a a dog that’s 6 months she has red eyes n always scratching but no fleas…could it b allergies if so way should I feed her bc beneiful she scratches like crazy n kibbles n bites she wnt touch… picky dog I guess….is giving her benadryl every day ok?

  157. And also my cat has gained someweight n I thought It was from him eating her food but we’ve noticed lumps on his belly n fur missing n skin red n dry…wat should I do?

  158. HI Alicia. Giving benadryl every day is ok. You can dose her up to 1 mg per pound twice daily. You can also put her on a good quality omega 3 fatty acid like nordic naturals pet omega 3 from 1800petmeds. You may want to see a vet for allergy workup as most likely inhalent/contact allergies to molds, dander, house dust, etc Vets also can prescribe stronger drugs like the new apoquel which is highly effective

  159. Best to take cat to vet for evaluation for workup as many possibilities.

  160. I just found a small looking scab on the back of my 6 year old shih tzus head. It was about the size of a pea and yellow wax like material started to come out after the tiny scab was off. It popped like a pimple would, is this something a vet should look at?

  161. We have a 9 year old golden retriever. She has an AWFUL odor! She also has a large bubble like bump flesh color with purple “cyst like” place in her shoulder blade that is getting bigger. Another large one on her bottom that is black. Her hair is falling out like crazy!! Beyond normal even for a her! And her undercoat isn’t falling out like normal. Her breath has that horrible rotten smell also.
    Any info?

  162. I found a puppy looks about 4 weeks old he has a bad open spot on his leg with white puss in it i have been putting medicine on it don’t really have the money for a vet I’m feeding him with a bottle but he don’t look like he is gaining any weight

  163. HI Sandra. This is not one that I can make home recommendations for. Puppy needs vet exam and likely antibiotic for infection present

  164. Hi! I have a 1 year old Shih Tzu. He has these scabs that appear on his body sometimes. Usually they are brown with pus. They will show up and then randomly disappear a couple weeks after. He itches hem a lot, but does not seem sick at all. I have tried going to the vet, and they can never figure out what it is. When I last went to the groomer they gave him a hotspot bath and told me to switch up his dog food. The bath seemed to work for a few days , and I could not tell a difference with the dog food. Do you have any idea what could be wrong with him? Thank you!

  165. Most of time these are due to secondary bacterial and/or yeast infections which need prescription antibiotic therapies for several weeks, as well as addressing likely underlying allergies here, known as canine atopy, or what I call Doggie hayfever. Unless underlying causes are addressed, then condition will recur. Get second opinion from vet in your area if you are not making progress

  166. My Siberian husky puppy has this weird little black bump on the back of her arm near her paw and when I tried to move her fur a bit to look at it she immediately woke up and moved her paw away does it hurt? What is it? What can I do?

  167. Best to take her to vet for proper exam and evaluation. Vet may be able to perform impression smear and/or cytology on the lump to see if it is anything of concern and/or the possibility of antibiotics, etc. Histiocytoma are benign lumps in young puppies which often go away on their own. See your vet who can sort these out

  168. Can I catch what my pug has

  169. bumps and lumps on the skin are NOT contagious from dogs to people

  170. What is the brand/name of the shampoo you are using?

  171. My soon to be 9 year old Shih Tzu is a great dog. He is not over weight and very calm and good with the vet. I have been noticing the past few months little bumps on him. 1 on his hind “thigh”, 1 on his shoulder and now 1 on his other shoulder. They are not getting bigger and look sorta like a white head but wouldn’t pop and I don’t want to hurt him. I don’t know that they would. They don’t bother him and the research I have done and people I have talked to that have had Shih Tzu’s for years said that they are prone to cysts and nothing to worry about. Just wondering if this is the case or it should be a vet call. Last time he was to the vet there was just 1 on his shoulder and was told it was nothing… just checking for my sake and make sure he is ok. NO change in his behavior or anything. Thanks for any info.

  172. Most likely Jennifer these innocent bumps, warts, skin tags, fatty tumors and/or cysts dont need further attention unless they itch the pet, ulcerate/bleed, etc. However ANY new bump or cyst should always be checked by a vet to make sure vet thinks it is nothing to worry about, as some harder, even tiny cysts, may be imposters for other, potentially more serious lumps like Mast Cell tumors. A vet exam and visual inspection and/or needle aspiration can usually sort this possibility out.

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