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Old 05-06-2009, 09:15 PM
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We have an 8 month old full blooded boxer that we are having some serious problems with. He has been to the vet twice in the past 2 weeks and at this point the vet says he has never seen anything like this and has sent off cultures and biopsy to purdue university for review. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of what may be going on since no one here does.

Rocky started acting sick on Sunday 3/26/09. He did not eat his dinner that day and had bloody looking diarhea and was vomiting everytime he took a drink. This continued on Monday and he also began having bumps along the back of his neck and back. The vet put gave him an injection of penicillin and gave him an anti-biotic to take at home. By Wed. Rocky had began eating again, was no longer vomiting, but still had diarrhea. On thursday the bumps on top of his head had became small open sores. We thought this was likely from him scratching and called the vet on Friday. The vet prescribed a form of benadryl tablets and another antibiotic since he still had diarhea (no longer bloody looking). Since that time the diarhea has cleared up but over the weekend the sores on his head and neck became significantly worse and resulted in us taking him back to the vet. That is when the sedated him to clip the hair and clean the wounds and to get the culture and biopsy. At this point the wounds are trying to scab over but he has new bumps that have appeared on down his back and legs are we are afraid that these may open on their own also. I have attached pics which are very gruesome but am hoping somone can give us some insight. The first pictures of the few sores on his head are what it looked like last week when we thought he had just scratched. The other pics are from Monday. At this point we are just waiting to hear back from Purdue and keeping him on meds. Please help if you have any ideas. Thank you

I couldn't post pictures here so here is a link to another board with them on it. Please help!

There is another dog in the house (2 year old boxer) that has no signs of being ill so it does not appear to be contageous at this point.
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:17 PM
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:20 PM
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You can post pictures by loading them to a hosting site like Flickr or Photobucket and then copy/pasting the [img] [/img] tags to here.

Sorry to hear about your boxer, I'm kind of stumped. Have they ever been bitten by a tick? Are there fire ants anywhere around?
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:31 PM
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I have never found a tick on him and have not seen any fireants.

Anyone familiar with warbles? I found this term online and it sounds plausable but I cant find any pictures. Anyone know anything else?
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:39 PM
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Your best bet is Purdue if your vet has no clue ! We've had dogs and horses there , and they are the best!
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:16 AM
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I can't see the pictures because I am not a member of that forum. Please upload to an account so we can try to help you.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:34 AM
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I have never heard of something like this before. I hope Purdue can give your vet an answer and get him back to good health soon. Let us know what you find out.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:56 AM
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I have learned more about lesions then i ever want to know. THey can happen for many different reasons. FOr me it is a bottomed out immune system. It allow things that normally you immune system fights off, to take over. I feel for your dog. I pray you can find answers. THings you can do to help is support your dog's immune system in every way you can. Including helping him fight off yeast. Our immune system spends 70 percent of it's energy fighting yeast so if with yogurt and supplements you give that a boost the immune system will have more strength to fight "other things".

YOU almost never see the deer tick. Very few actually have a bulls eye rash. THere are 5 tick borne illnesses including bartonella which turns off the immune system directly under the skin. Lyme also hides in the bartonella making it that much harder to fight. I do not know if dogs get bartonella or not, but since they do get lyme and rocky mountain then they can probably get this too. THat might be the reason. THere is no test for bartonella.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:31 PM
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well i tried to post them here but didnt seem to work
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