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He is 13 years old has bumps all over him and has bare

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He is 13 years...

He is 13 years old has bumps all over him and has bare patches where he has lost hair. He continues to chew on himself. We have him on two prescriptions apoquel and hydroxyzine.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name?

Brock

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Brock?

I already went through this. I am waiting for a vet response.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Can you upload a photo(s) of these bumps to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing. I'm concerned that you're seeing evidence of a superfical spreading pyoderma secondary to Apoquel use. A pyoderma is a bacterial skin infection usually caused by Staph.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Let me know if you can see the pictures.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

He has excoriated his skin to the point of ulcerating it which has become secondarily infected. I would stop administering Apoquel and initiate treatment for pyoderma which consists of an antibiotic in the cephalosporin class such as cephalexin for 3-4 weeks and 1 week past clinical signs. Bathing twice weekly in a chlorhexidine- or benzoyl peroxide-containing shampoo should hasten resolution of the infection. The shampoos can be found over the counter in pet/feed stores, your vet hospital, or online. The antibiotic is a prescription drug available only from an attending vet. (We’re not allowed to prescribe through this venue.) Treating the infection will reduce his pruritis (itchiness) eliminating the need for Apoquel or glucocorticoids (steroids). Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have an appointment with his best on Tuesday at 10:00 AM.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Our messages crossed. Please see my post timestamped 6:53 AM (my time). The last pic reveals very chronic skin infection. Hyperpigmented and lichenified epidermal collarettes are present and indicate pyoderma.

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