An older Boston Terrier has adopted my family. We already had one puppy and not long ago this older dog we've named Tug was wondering around our neighborhood and he was all scratched up and looked like he'd been on the road for several days. We took him in and bathed him and feed him, took him to the vet the next day and when we got him his neck was all red with welps. The vet said that it was just acne. But we've had him for about a month now and he scratches all the time, his neck one day looks like it is getting better and then the next day will break out in a red bumpy rash. I've washed him in aveno oatmeal shampoo and he has this odar that wont go away. His nose runs alot too. I read an article about dogs with yeast infections, it seems that he had alot of the same symptoms listed in that article, like hot spots under his arm and on his belly. He tends to get hot..he wont sleep under the cover like our other dog. Any advise is greatly apprciated!!
It probably is some kind of allergy. Did the vet do a skin scraping? Do you have him on any flea or tick medication? What kind of dog food ar eyou feeding, many dog foods contain ingredients dogs are allergic too.
My best advice to you would to be to get a second opinion. There are several things that can cause itchy skin. One is allergies. It could be that he has an allergy to something...bostons are prone to allergies....which has caused his skin to break out. And it may be that he has scratched so much that he's created an infection secondary to the allergies, which could be where the smell is coming from. Most infections have somewhat of an odor whether they be yeasty or bacterial. He may need some antibiotics to clear it up. One seminiar I sat through said that with skin infections they need to be on antibiotics for at least 3 weeks, so be prepared to keep him on meds for a while. Also if its an allergy sometimes benedryl will help with the itching. You can give 1mg/lb of body weight. My mom's boston gets 1 tsp. of childrens benedryl, which is a little less than the full dose he could get, but seems to help his itching. However, it sounds like at this point he needs more than just antihistimines to clear this up. They may even put him on a low dose of steriods to help with the inflammation. Another thing I would be concerned about, especially since you adopted him would be sarcoptic mange. With his background you might have the vet do a skin scraping just to check because sarcoptic mange is contagious to other dogs and to you, so you'll want to rule that out. Anyway, those are the two main things I'd be concerned with. Poor thing, he sounds miserable. My best recommendation is to take him back to the vet because it doesn't sound like just acne to me. Good luck. I hope he's feeling better soon!
***Edited By: gingerspice on 8/10/2005 10:20:07 AM*** Reason: edit
hello, just want to share my experience. i have a boston with exactly the same problem. He has hotspots, rashes/pimple like bumps under arms and on belly, and many on the back of his body. His is loosing hair a bit by a bit, and with odour too.....He had been on medication of antibiotics for two weeks and then had a steroid course too, but did not cure. he also had an allergy blood test and the results came out he is allergic to some food such as barley and also most of the bugs. The symptoms just carried on until my family moved to another country with him for good, and after arrival all his symptoms were gone and i thought he was completely healed maybe due to the climate here is more suitable. Unfortunately, after 1.5 year the same problem and symptoms came back.......i am trying my best to avoid him to have contact with things he may be allergic too, and since he had tried antibiotics and steroid before and it was not useful, i think i will not put him on medication this time......but one thing I would like to suggest is all vets i have seen prescribed me a shampoo called "malesab" (an antiseptic shampoo i believe) in my own opinion i just found that after using 2 bottles it actully did little help but makes his skin more weak.....i would say it it best not to bath him too frequent, although there might be a little odour....and wash him with a "soap-free" shampoo which i found he feels more soothe and if he is scratching too much then put on a doggie clothing to reduce the possibility of over-scratched. hope these help! good luck