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    Do you have any antihistamine ointment or cortisone cream at home Angela?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    It could be anything from ring worm to mange to a hot spot. It is really hard to see from the pic.
    Can ringworm etc still get through even though he is treated monthly with Drontal from the vets?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    Angela, would it possibly be a hot spot? Is the area a little moist? My German Shepherd used to get a hot spot, over night there would be a section of skin become exposed, have little pimples in it and be moist. After a day or so, it would have a smell about it. Vet used to give us a spray to spray it with and an elizabethan collar which Zook hated.
    I'm sure it's not a hot spot at all. It's not moist, there's no heat coming from it and it doesn't seem to be irritating him much at all, until I start looking at it! It's just there, if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Ring worm is not a worm and Drontal will do nothing for it. It is fungal infection. It is highly contagious to humans, dogs, cats and other animals. It is one of the few things where zoonosis occurs ( I think that is what it is called) meaning it can be passed from human to canine and back again. In this case, it can also be passed to felines.
    Thanks Anne, I didn't actually know that, but I have written it down for future reference. Thank you!

    DA, I don't have antihistamine cream or cortisone cream, I do have Savlon cream if that will do anything? I'll be booking into the 'other' vet tomorrow and hopefully I'll get in tomorrow morning to get it looked at. Worst case scenario I'm booked in at my vet for 8am wed morning. The last lot of cortisone cream I had here was 3 years ago and I threw the leftovers out about 6 months ago.

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    demodectic (spelling) mange spot maybe, but really guessing, pictures hard to see.

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    Hi AGB

    Any chance of setting your camera to "close up mode" eg take photo of flower or similar and then taking picture again.

    As best I could tell from the second picture, the lump things continue along his jaw towards his nose, and just look like normal hair folicules or moles or skin things. And it looks like he has rubbed all the fur off the "itchy spot". So I'd guess insect or spider bite or allergic reaction to the plant you talked about. I'd try some aloe vera or ice (for short spurts - wrap in a tea towel). Have you noticed him trying to scratch it. I get spots like that on my skin from sitting on the grass or mozzies. And then I make it worse by itching. I find voltarin helps me - it feels cold and it's anti inflamatory but I'm not sure I'd risk it on a critter that may try to lick it off.

    Ringworm is usually slower acting with a small spot gradually getting bigger with the hair breaking then falling out. I don't think it is that, but hard to tell for sure.

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    Looks very much like what Tara gets around her mouth from time to time. The vet will give you an anti fungal cream & it will clear up in a day or 2.

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    When he stuck his head in the bush, could a spider have bitten him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi AGB

    Any chance of setting your camera to "close up mode" eg take photo of flower or similar and then taking picture again.

    As best I could tell from the second picture, the lump things continue along his jaw towards his nose, and just look like normal hair folicules or moles or skin things. And it looks like he has rubbed all the fur off the "itchy spot". So I'd guess insect or spider bite or allergic reaction to the plant you talked about. I'd try some aloe vera or ice (for short spurts - wrap in a tea towel). Have you noticed him trying to scratch it. I get spots like that on my skin from sitting on the grass or mozzies. And then I make it worse by itching. I find voltarin helps me - it feels cold and it's anti inflamatory but I'm not sure I'd risk it on a critter that may try to lick it off.

    Ringworm is usually slower acting with a small spot gradually getting bigger with the hair breaking then falling out. I don't think it is that, but hard to tell for sure.
    I've kept a really close eye on him and I haven't seen him scratching, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been. I know it definitely wasn't there on Sunday, it just appeared yesterday afternoon. We're off to the vets this morning so will let you know what happens.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeiLuver View Post
    When he stuck his head in the bush, could a spider have bitten him?
    It's possible, that option wouldn't surprise me either.

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    "it just appeared yesterday afternoon"

    This is beginning to sound more & more like what Tara gets. Hers "just appear". It's definitely not ring worm.

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    Ok, back from the vets.

    It was a reaction to Scurvy Weed. I took a sample of the weed with me to the vet and he did an allergy test. Apparently as allergies go it's a very mild reaction, but we now have cream to put on the affected areas. Since last night the reaction had gone down but apparently it will take a little time for the hair to come back.

    As long as I keep weeding the back yard and making sure it doesn't pop up again apparently it shouldn't happen again.

    Phew! Some of the options had me really really worried!!

    Thank you all!

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