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    Hi everyone,
    Bear with me here - I know Jasper should see a vet first about this, but he will be going to the vets next week for his last shot so I'll ask about it then (need to double check), but in the meantime, I was wondering if any of you have heard/seen of something like this before?

    He has a raised, red lump/lesion on the front of his neck the size of a five cent coin (maybe smaller). It does have a few small scabs on it (possibly from him scratching when he had his choker on), but otherwise I don't really see him being irritated by it (apart from him fleeing his rear end - he's on Advantix for ticks and Comfortis for fleas so I doubt there's many or any fleas there) as he doesn't scratch at it normally. The area around it is a little red too. It seems very circular and not patchy.

    On a side note: The owners of the property recently pulled down an old bird cage and their dog (12yrs old) got sick internally with vomiting and diarrhoea, so maybe it affected him too in a different way? He's eating and pooping fine. He does have a bit of a respiratory thing at the moment since a new slab of cement was put down - If he's taking in a lot of smells, he kind of gags for a second, like we would if we have phlegm. Other than that, maybe something from the bird cage or soil has irritated his skin?

    Today I bought a Malaseb wash so think I'll give that a go to try and sooth/get rid of any itchiness and maybe sooth the red sore? (I think I'll check with the vet nurse in the morning before I do)

    I asked my local Petbarn what their thoughts were and explained that I read about the symptoms of dog ringworm on the internet and that the sore looked like that, but the guy said it didn't look like ringworm as it was raised and not hollow in the centre like that of a ring. And he also said that because he's had it for a week or 2 now that if it was ringworm, I'd have it by now - true.

    Thanks everyone!
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 11-25-2013 at 08:27 PM. Reason: put some para breaks in so I can read it.

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    You want the bad news or the bad news?

    Could be ring worm fungus. Which humans can get from their pets and their pets can share with all the other pets and you have to clean everything thoroughly and often until it's gone.

    Could be a hot spot fungus. (which might be the same as ring worm - I don't know).

    ring worm can be ruled in - if it glows under UV light - but if it doesn't the only way to be sure what it is - is by lab testing $$ a skin scraping.

    I would not take Mr Pet Barn's diagnosis as valid. My dog had the same thing - it was raised, it had the tell tale hair breaking and falling out around the edge - and fluro'd under UV. And I didn't get it - because she's not much of a lap dog and at the time - we didn't share the same ends of the couch. And we don't share beds. Like I said - the only way to be certain - is the lab test. I don't think the middle "hollows out" unless you mean where it loses the hair. Frosty didn't scratch or chew at hers.

    You do have to cuddle the infected bit of the critter to get it. My sister got it from a mouse - which she used to put up against her face - so guess where she got it. Yuck. We called it "mouse fungus". We didn't catch it from her because - we didn't share seating - we each had our own chairs, and we didn't hug or kiss or touch the infected bit.

    Could be a regular infection from a grass seed or similar. They can get really nasty if they embed under the skin.

    Sometimes just treating it as if it is ringworm is cheaper than getting a lab test.

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    ... Greeaaat... Ew. I have given him a cuddle.. Malaseb wash it is! First thing tomorrow morning! Yuck yuck yuck! But if it's NOT ringworm... the Malaseb could aggravate it.. right? Oh and I haven't noticed any hair loss there, hence why it's hard to distinguish what it looks like. Just red, a little scabby and he doesn't like me looking at it. Grass seed makes sense too though, he was chewing on some long grass, that's been removed, which had furry tops. He also has quite a lot of loose skin around his neck which makes his fur in that area a little less thick than the fur on say his back. Does ringworm occur in many spots or just the one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkristen View Post
    ... Greeaaat... Ew. I have given him a cuddle.. Malaseb wash it is! First thing tomorrow morning! Yuck yuck yuck! But if it's NOT ringworm... the Malaseb could aggravate it.. right? Oh and I haven't noticed any hair loss there, hence why it's hard to distinguish what it looks like. Just red, a little scabby and he doesn't like me looking at it. Grass seed makes sense too though, he was chewing on some long grass, that's been removed, which had furry tops. He also has quite a lot of loose skin around his neck which makes his fur in that area a little less thick than the fur on say his back. Does ringworm occur in many spots or just the one?
    The grass looked like this
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    grass seed problems aren't restricted to just one kind of grass, lots of different sorts can be a problem, and it depends a lot on the dog too.

    I don't know if maleseb does anything for ringworm fungus. I'd be thinking tinea cream. Or checking what I did last time.

    Ok Dr Google says maleseb needs to be applied for at least 10 minutes - twice a week....

    I still think tinea cream might be easier.

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    This is all well and good to discuss what may be going on with your pup, but the only way to be sure is for a vet or even vet nurse to actually sight it. A friend of mine has a pup who has something very similar to what you describe and the vet has given him antibiotics and a bucket on his head to stop him licking it. They're not sure, but the assumption is it could be a grass seed or such. Very difficult for people on here, regardless of their experience and knowledge, to diagnose without seeing the spot.

    And I'd avoid asking veterinary advice from a petbarn employee at all costs. If it doesn't seem to be worrying him, and research says malaseb wont hurt if it's not fungal, I would be happy to keep an eye on it and wait until next weeks vet visit. But that's just me....

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    Last time Frosty got a cut (probably from the tin I've got in my back yard), I put aloe vera on it, took her to the vet who put more cream on it and bandaged it up. She then got to wear a 0-4 months baby sock on it (they come in packs of 4 so I rotated them), for a couple of weeks until it healed.

    Last time I saw a dog with skin lesians all over it, I wanted to apply the purple horse spray (equestrian shops) because it has anti fungal and anti bacterial agents, and anti blow fly agents in it, so promotes healing. If dogs weren't so licky, honey and fly spray would probably work.

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