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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My boxer has boil type areas that have opened on s back and

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my white boxer has boil type areas that have opened on his back and blood and pus are always oozing out. he's losing his coat. the areas are very tender to him. he's had 2 cultures done and is now having biopsy done at this very moment. they started out as bumps on his back & get very filled with blood & pus. the pockets are deep. please someone help
Submitted: 11 months ago via Dog-Health-Guide.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

You've described a deep pyoderma which describes a surface or follicular bacterial infecition that breaks through hair follicles to produce furuncles ("boils") and cellulitis (inflammation of the tissue). Its development is often preceded by a history of chronic superficial skin disease and it is almost always associated with some predisposing factor such as the following:

Demodicosis (the mange mite Demodex), scabies, Pelodera (a nematode worm)

Hypersensitivity (e.g., atopy (allergies to environmental allergens), food, flea bite)

Endocrinopathy (e.g., hypothyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism, sex hormone imblance)

Immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., glucocorticoids such as prednisone, progestational compounds, cytotoxic drugs)

Autoimmune and immune-mediated disorders - a prime reason why biopsies are performed

Trauma or bite wound

I'd be happy to review the biopsy findings if you could upload a copy of the biopsy report to our conversation. You should ask for a copy of the report which usually arrives within 3 days of the biopsy being submitted. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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