We have a Whippet that has recurring sores on its nose. They are spreading over a larger area on the nose. Steriod cream has not worked. The skin in red, the sores scab over and seem to heal while other ones apply again.
Type of Animal: Whippet
Name of Dog: Fender
Saw Vet who prescibed steriod cream which did not help. Changed foods for short periods. Used Ozonol cream which seem to slow it down put did not eliminate it.
Hello there,How long has this been going on?What tests have been done so far?Has a biopsy been done?Are the sores only on the nose or on the muzzle as well?What type of food bowl does the dog have? Metal, plastic?Is the dog itchy when the sores occur?
Thanks for the quick reply
Going on since last November
No medical tests done
No Biopsy done yet
Sores are actually on the muzzle.... black part of the nose is clear
Metal food bowl
Dog does not seem itchy..... no scratching at all
In a dog this age there are several possible causes. Unfortunately identifying the specific cause is not easy. A skin biopsy of one of the lesions is usually needed to get a specific diagnosis. The metal bowl should not be an issue. A limited ingredient diet is needed for 6-8 weeks to rule out food allergy but those dogs are usually itchy 20-30 minutes after they eat. Topical treatments seldom help much in these cases. Lupus, pemphigus and other similar immune mediated causes all have to ruled out. Most cases are started on oral antihistamines for several weeks and oral antibiotics if there is secondary infection. If those fail, oral steroids are usually then used. If there is a response there is either an allergic cause or an immune mediated cause and treatment is needed on and off long term in most cases. Allergy testing can also be done on dogs but allergens commonly found are ones not easily eliminated from the environment and medication is often still needed. If only allergies are diagnosed, allergy serum can also be made for dogs. Skin mites also have to be ruled out but are less likely. Most cases are usually dealt with in an order similar to skin scrape, antihistamines, antibiotics, anti fungals, steroids, skin biopsy and then allergy testing. Treatment depends on which specific diagnosis is made.
12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.