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Hi there,Thank you for your question regarding your 6 year old English Bulldog boy Boo who has a couple of red lesions on his face. There are a few potential causes for these red areas including anything from grazes, to areas of dermatitis due to skin folds, to something else entirely like ringworm.
You are going to need to keep a very close eye on these red lesions for the next little while. If these appeared all of a sudden and have only been present for the last few hours, then along with his lethargy and low appetite, these could be caused by an allergy as you are suggesting. If this were the case, then your boy may respond to the Benadryl. I'm not sure how much you have given him, but the typical dose is 1mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily. You can read more about the use of Benadryl in dogs online here: http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/diphenhydramine-benadryl . If he is very sleepy/lethargic however, I would recommend getting him down to your local ER vet right now for assessment. You could apply a little neosporin to the red areas twice daily if there hasn't been any active bleeding.
Because potential causes for these areas include anything from mites, to infection, to ringworm, it would definitely be worth seeing your vet to follow up with some diagnostic tests if the red areas are still present in 12 - 24 hours time. This will ensure the right medications are prescribed depending on exactly what is going on here. I hope all of the above makes sense? Please let me know if you have any other questions. My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!Kind Regards,Dr EBonuses & positive feedback are always welcomed and very much appreciatedIf you have any further questions in the future, I would be more than happy to help you again! Just bookmark my profile and ask a question via the question box.
Thanks for that. It definitely looks quite red and raw. If the area also looks swollen, and these red areas appeared only within a few hours, then an allergy is a definite possibility. Because the areas also look a little moist, these most likely are areas of dermatitis caused either by excessive scratching, or perhaps he even scraped his head along something (concrete?) to relieve an itch causing lesions like this - particularly if they are only on one side of his face.
You can gently bathe these areas with some warm salty water (1 teaspoon of salt per cup of luke warm water), gently dab dry, and then use a very small amount of neosporin on the areas 2 times daily. If there is no improvement within a day or two, then get him seen by your local vet to carry out further diagnostics on these areas of skin.
As per my previous message, if he is very lethargic now, definitely get him seen now if you can in case this is indeed an allergy - as he may need some steroid and antihistamine via injection.