BiBi has had a reddish spot right by her eye for a while now, and at first it was barely noticeable (she has really pink skin) but lately it has gotten redder and it almost looks like a rugburn - there's some really small scabs, kind of like a scrape.
I'm only worried cause it doesn't seem to want to go away on its own and I don't know if putting neosporin so close to her eye is safe.
I uploaded a close-up pic of her eye onto her dogster page (scroll down to the bottom), if you think you know what it is, or how I can treat it at home, please let me know.
Not to sound like a jerk, but. . . . it looks like rugburn! Has she been rubbing her face at all? I know someone with a bulldog who rubs her face so much, so barley has any fur left. If she is rubbing her face on the carpet or furniture, i might leave a mark like that. If it is her rubbing, it could be a sign of allergies.
Well, that's what my boyfriend suggested - he says that when she chews on her toys, she rubs the side of her face on the carpet.
I don't think its allergies because she doesn't have any other spots - just the one by her eye. I want to try to treat it, I'm going to put either a small dab of neosporin or vitamin E oil - hopefully those are safe enough.
One other- ominous- thing that could be is skin cancer due to her very white fur and pink skin. If it is not, and I sure hope it isn't- in the future you need to know she needs to be kept out of the sun as much as possible. If it does not clear up pretty quick I would take her to the vet for their opinion.
You can try polysporin on it and see if it helps clear it up.
Aisha had something like pink eye a little while back and they have polysporin eyedrops which I did not know ! It cleared it up in just a couple of days. It was not pink eye exactly more like an eye infection from the bacteria in the snow? But it worked like a charm. I guess you can try either or as it is near the eye and the eye drops quickly absorb into the fur so no chance of rubbing it off.
I noticed according to BiBi's profile that she's about 6 months old. Is that right? The first thing I thought of when I saw the picture was Demodectic mange. It's sometimes referred to as puppy mange. It's not contagious to you or your other dogs. It's a mite that lives on all dogs. Sometimes as puppies they will get a flare up of it that looks a lot like Bibi's. And often it will begin around the eyes and can eventually spread to other parts of the body if not treated. When you see the vet have them do a skin scraping. It will also check for other types of mange mites as well. One thing you should know too. With her being 6 months old, if she's not spayed and she goes into heat and she has demodexx it can cause the skin to flare up even more. Your vet will probably tell you all of this. Treatment usually requires a series of dips that most vets require to be done at their hospital. Dogs can have reactions to the dips, but I've never seen it in a larger dog like Bibi. Mostly the smaller ones, and there is an antedote you can give if they have a reaction that works real fast. That's why we always had our clients leave their dogs with us for the day while they were being dipped. We usually dipped once a week for 3 weeks, then did another scraping to see if the mites were gone. If they weren't we'd continue dips until we got 2 neg. skin scrapings.
Please let us know what the vet says! I will be curious to find out what it is!
I'm pretty sure its not demodectic mange - we have had extensive experience with that problem in our older dog, Syrus. BiBi has a vet appt. this weekend, so hopefully she can figure it out - it really is the weirdest thing, it just mysteriously appeared for no apparent reason, and its just like an irritated bald spot with a little bit of scabbing. I really hope its not some other form of mange.
Thanks for all the concern, I really can't wait to find out what it is, its killing me!
We took BiBi to her vet appt., and the vet said she has demodectic mange.
That's what the spot is on her eye, that's what the red spot from the tick bite was, too.
So here we go again with the ivermectin treatments.
I can't believe this cr*p. I'm so frustrated right now, how can people breed dogs with demodex???
Another thing...if the way they test for demodectic mange is a skin scrape, then how does that tell that the dog has an immune deficiency? All dogs have the same mites, its only the ones with compromised immune systems that have the mange.
Well, in any case I feel better now that we know what's wrong with her, and the vet said everything else checked out fine, she's perfectly healthy.