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He has small hard bumps all over his back, Chewy 7, He

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He has small hard bumps all over his back
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Chewy 7
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Chewy?
Customer: He itches a lot. He has lost all of the hair and under his arms and legs. His ears and skin smell yeasts.
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: No wound
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?

1) Can you attach pictures of the bumps?
2) What treatment is being used for the symptoms you're seeing at home?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

I'm afraid I am unable to offer a phone call at this time, JACustomer. Can we continue chatting over the computer?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
He has list all of the hair under his arms. You can't see the bumps only feel them. Some are very tiny others are the size of a small pea. He has been on steroids for about two years to control allergies. His ears get very yeasty. His skin smells. He has gained 5 lbs since he's been on the steroids.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Sorry for typos.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Steroids long-term is not the best choice of medications and it sounds like it's not only not working any longer but you're starting to see some of the long-term effects like weight gain and hair loss. This is something that we associate with the chronic usage of steroids.

I would talk to your vet about switching to something that is safer for him long-term like apoquel if his allergies are that bad. I would also have these bumps examined. Chances are he either has a body-wide fungal infection going on that could benefit from anti-fungal therapy or he has a bacterial infection that needs antibiotics. A skin scrape or tape test on his skin will quickly reveal which he's experiencing. You may also wish to use a shampoo that will help regardless of the type of skin issues that he has (bacterial and yeast are both covered here:

would also talk to your vet about the potential of a diet change. Often when we have a body-wide allergic reaction (especially if its year round), the dog may be reacting not only to environmental allergies but also to the pet's food. Using something like a limited ingredient food may help.

In the short term, consider using antihistamines to see if this gives him any relief. My favorite is Zyrtec and you can buy it OTC from any human pharmacy. Dosages here:

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Checking in, JACUstomer. Did you have other questions I could answer on this topic?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?


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