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Old 09-25-2011, 09:46 PM
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Default I'm worried about Cricket

She has had skin issues since I got her. I know I've posted that before. Anyways I told my husband I want to take her to a vet because I really think its an allergy issue of some sort. Her skin dries out and she lost some hair on her neck. She gets rashes often.

Tonight my husband was playing with her and he noticed something that wasn't there yesterday. She has two nipples that are swollen and it looks like a dark bruisy rash beside them. It's a lot darker red than it looks in this photo. She doesnt seem to mind me applying a little pressure on it but its really concerning me.

A little background. She's not spayed and she just finished her first heat though her vulva is still a little swollen so she may be in heat still. If she is in heat its definitely a really long one. She hasn't been near any intact dogs at all. She did get tied with Bamm by accident though but he has been neutered for years and that was about two weeks ago.

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:52 PM
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Could it be a false preg and mastitis??
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:57 PM
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Omg I hope its not mastitis. I know my husband is going to be frustrated about me wanting to take her to a vet but I don't want to risk it getting worse by not taking her
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:01 PM
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Bear, my parents dog, used to get those from laying / playing in a certain type of grass. It may not be the same thing, but it looks similar. It was an allergy. Fingers crossed for an easy fix!!!
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:49 PM
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Gavroche actually has VERY similar spots right now (AGAIN! Grrrrr) but more of them. Last time vet said chiggers, but I'm questioning that now. But he doesn't have the rings around the nipples that Cricket has and that's kind of concerning.

She doesn't look like she has any mamary development to speak of, so I would put mastitis pretty low on the list.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:01 PM
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Kaia had exactly the same bruising, minus red spots, after her first season. It freaked me out. Apparently it's normal. Hers took about a month to go away on its own.

Is it possible the area was irritated from the swelling/mammary development that happens in their first season and she maybe over groomed?
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:37 PM
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Charlie used to get spots on her belly like that. Not sure but I think it was close to when my sister got her and she had been spayed not long before then. It could have also been the grass/allergy... never really found out what it was and it went away.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:45 AM
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The swollen nipples may very well just be agitation from any licking and scratching she might have been doing down there.

It looks a lot like a rash that some of my fosters got from the grass.
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Wilson has bruising similar to that, but it's on his neck. He randomly decides to scratch his neck raw sometimes, and the bruises pop up when it starts to heal. I'll have to take a picture of it for you. Drives me crazy.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:06 AM
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Kady id definitely like to see a pic of that. I posted another thread a few days ago or so about Cricket's neck. She is missing some fur where its thinned out and her neck was really red probably from scratching. The redness went away after a couple days with cortisone cream but the hair is still really thinned out there for now.
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