Hi there, I have a reoccurring issue with my 2 year old jack russel poodle pom mix. He had swollen lymph nodes and an eye infection as well as little pustules on his chin when I took him to the vet about 3 weeks ago. During this time he has had a punch biopsy and aspirate biopsy all of which are negative for cancer. They also did a stain on the punch biopsy tissue from the lymph node to diagnose what the irritant was that was causing such an extreme immune response, but were not able to find fungus or a specific bacteria. His last visit to the vet about 10 days ago, at that time his eyes were still swollen but his ears were also infected and they cleaned them. He also had a fever of 104. During the vet visit the Doctor gave him steroids for the inflammation through injection as well as fluids and a continuation of antibiotics. He seemed to be greatly improved the following week and the swelling of the lymph nodes, eyes and pustules on his chin receded--- He seemed like his regular silly self. However today I noticed that his right eye has started to show signs of swelling and some irritation on his chin again with some swelling as well. He also seems a little tired compared to his regular behavior. His lymph nodes are not swollen however. I am taking him to see the vet again tomorrow, where they have stated they will probably put him on a different variety of antibiotics. Right now he is taking clavimox. I was curious to know if this whole situation could be allergy related or if you have any insight or ideas as to what could be causing the swelling on his eyes and pimples.
if it is allergy related, I would like some help in figuring out how to identify the cause. He eats food called Darwins which is organic and meat veggie based only no fillers or grains. His treats are pretty much the same .. but he does have some treats with brown rice.
Another thing that was bothering me was that he did have some duck jerky treats before this started that I thought were processed in the states but it turns out they were treated in the USA but the meat came from China.. I have heard horror stories from people who have had their vets poisoned by bad meat from dog food and treats coming from China, and I believe there was an FDA notice about it a while back.. could this be the cause? Because I just talked to vet-tech and he thought even if they couldn't identify it exact bacteria.. it could still be a low grade infection-- but he couldn't say for sure because he is not a vet..
Thanks for any info and help