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Diamond - Owie

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 11:00 pm
by AuntieMom
My daughter called tonight. She had taken Diamond to the vet maybe a month ago because of a spot on her tummy. My daughter was giving her baths with a medicated shampoo twice a week for all this time. The original owie still has not healed and the cone Diamond was wearing caused another owie. Diamond even developed one in her mouth although it is not affecting her eating. They went to the vet again today. He suspects something going on with the immune system. They go back tomorrow for blood work. My daughter says the owies are smelly. She changes Diamond’s bedding daily (sometimes more.) Just curious to know if some of you might have thoughts about what is going on. Here is a picture. http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/1466/diamondowie.jpg :(

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:10 am
by Dalyx
Ouch! That looks like it hurts or at least is extremely uncomfy, poor girlie. :(

The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is a fungus infection, like blastomyces, histo or the like, but if I remember right those are usually in the midwest.

Leishmania causes skin ulcerations and is known to be in Texas although still pretty rare, might be worth looking into too.

They say mites can go systemic and cause immune problems, but the medicated shampoo should have cleared up the sores at least.

Has the doc taken cultures? If he hasn't that might be the next way to go, it would tell you whether its bacterial/fungal/protozoa at the least.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 4:04 pm
by britlover
Looks like a hotspot to me, but I've never heard of one inside the mouth. My older boy has a history of allergy and skin issues, and used to get hot spots frequently that looked like that. I started using a product called NZymes and switched to a grain free diet and the hot spots have not returned. Here's some info that may be helpful.
http://www.nzymes.com/pc/symptomChkrRes ... on_id=2002
Since overgrowth if yeast in the digestive tract can be an underlying cause, perhaps medications (antiboitics) have created a flare up?

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 5:04 pm
by holisticmom
sending Ms. Diamond the best!

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 9:25 pm
by AuntieMom
Thanks for the responses. I really appreciate it, but special hugs to Holisticmom who is nursing Orion.
Dalyx wrote: … The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is a fungus infection, like blastomyces, histo or the like, but if I remember right those are usually in the midwest. … Has the doc taken cultures? If he hasn't that might be the next way to go, it would tell you whether its bacterial/fungal/protozoa at the least.
The doctor did blood work and cultures today but I don’t know if the results are in yet. I have a call in to my daughter. The waiting is making me crazy (she called from the vet but then we have not heard since.) The fungus crossed my mind, too, but my own dogs have never had anything like this. Diamond travels from Texas to Nebraska when they come back for visits so she has been in the Midwest, most recently in March but she already had the first owie at that time.
britlover wrote: … Since overgrowth if yeast in the digestive tract can be an underlying cause, perhaps medications (antiboitics) have created a flare up?


Diamond has been on antibiotics recently and I am going to suggest my daughter start giving Diamond yogurt. Maybe that will help her.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:01 am
by Canned Ice
Health food stores sell probiotics that have to stay refrigerated that are even better than yogurt. I hope you guys can figure out what is going on with Diamond. Those spots look nasty.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:20 am
by Muddy Creek Britts
That looks like what Maggie had. This is the post about it:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7660
Could it be tick related :?:

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 5:31 pm
by AuntieMom
Diamond has a bacterial skin infection. Cause unknown but it is back to antibiotics.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 5:58 pm
by Cindy
I was almost afraid to open this post for fear of what I would find. I guess that's good news? :?

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 6:34 pm
by AuntieMom
Cindy wrote:I guess that's good news? :?
Yes, at least there is something that might help, which is good news all things considered.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:53 pm
by kat
Good to hear it's something like that, like you said, considering. We'll keep her in our prayers.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 5:46 pm
by binkus
Growing up we had an elderly dog get a brown recluse spider bite that looked something like that. She was so old that she would just lay in one place most of the day. I guess a spider crawled under her while she lay there. Not sure how the vet determined this or if there is a test or not. It eventually healed but it took a long time.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 7:44 am
by adele
Well a diagnosis is usually a relief, especially if there is treatment. I hope Diamond heals up very quickly. Please let us know how its going.

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:56 am
by holisticmom
Here's to a quick recovery--give her a pat for us!

Re: Diamond - Owie

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:33 pm
by AuntieMom
Great news. Diamond is doing well on antibiotics. Daughter says she hasn't noticed new owies and she is trying to get the old ones healed up. The owies don't seem to be getting reinfected as long as my daughter gets all the hair off them and they don't get matted with hair.

Diamond is also enjoying yogurt, which has been voted household favorite food by canine and humans, even the little human who is almost 1 y/o. :D