My baby Roscoe is a pit bull mix. And we simply suspect that due to her face. Her mom was not a pit, but we don't know what she was. This is a rescue situation, mom was a stray. Anyway, about 3 months ago, Roscoe started to get these bumps all along her back. She wasn't really itching or seeming uncomfortable. Her shots were due soon so I took her to the vet. He said she has allergies. I should mention she also gets this rash on her belly, down by where her surgery was performed to get her fixed. That usually goes away if I put a little neosporin on it. So... I've been giving her benadryl, 2 in morn, 2 at night. But she is getting bumps again. I have washed her bedding in all natural, allergen free Tide. I bathe her in natural oatmeal shampoo. Her food is all natural. Are these bumps bully bumps? Could they be caused by grass or outside allergies? She seems more miserable now than the first time around (the bumps did go away after the vet visit probably due to the steroid shot she was given). I've always had small breed dogs and never heard of bully bumps before... any help or direction is so appreciated. I am taking her to the vet again, I just want to get other opinions. We live in Phoenix, AZ.
Does she get them on her chin as well? Do they fill with pus? My bulldogge gets them on her face, but by switching from plastic dishes to ceramic and washing them often it has stopped. Also a good high quality food can help with the rash on the body. Good luck
Her food is kept in plastic bins, but when I feed her it goes into an aluminum bowl. There is no puss. They are just little bumps all over her back (top) and top of her head that flake a lot of dead skin and seem to make her itch. I have noticed her ears are rather red (she doesn't itch at them at all though and they are very clean) and some red bumps that look like pimples on her legs.
How old is the dog? I own American Pit Bull's and yes, they get the "Bully Bumps" you speak of. Some, not all, are allergic to grass and dead leaves. We usually put some medicated powder on them, like goldbond, and it will go away after a few applications. Also, you can try the antiseptic spray, hospital strength, that helps sometimes also.
The reason I ask how old, is that demodextic mange, aka "red mange" happens between 6 mos & 1 year typically. Not to say that it can't happen any other time, that's just the typical time frame. Just search the web for info on it....it's a very sad thing and I hope this is not the case for you dog.
The red rash on her belly showed up almost immediately after she was fixed. We got her when she was 6 weeks old, and I think she was fixed around 4 months after we got her, when she got her last round of shots. She is now about 1 year 5 months now. Thank you for the reply!
It could also be a food allergy, sometimes mistaken for mange. Since you live in a fairly warm climate, it could be one of many things, grass, cleaners, food, fleas,mites,(sarcopses) treats, you name it. I would start with the skin scraping, and look at the food first.Good luck.
I have a english bulldog too, all white, she has the exact same problems, we have been to 3 different vets to try and solve the darn problem. One gave us antibiotics and the other did the same with a antiseptic wash and the other did a skin scraping, none know what it is. the antibiotics solves the problem for a week, then shes back to her bumps... We tried switching her food and everything. now we just kinda watch for it, and use goldbonds powder...if you ever find out what it is , please fill me in !
My Scottie is 8.5 and has been treated for allergies since he was 6 months old. He is allergic to practically everything.
His allergist has him on a limited ingredient diet (duck and potato). You should not give them food that they would normally come in contact with--his other choice was venison and sweet potato. You can get these through National Pet Pharmacy. We get the Royal Canin IVD, but it requires a vet's ok as it is prescription. Also, he only gets the Royal Canin IVD treats.
He does get fresh vegetables and fruit--loves lettuce and cucumbers--but nothing on them.
He takes Zyrtec daily (Iweighs 28#) takes a whole one.
When he gets a skin problem we treat with antibiotics over a long period as well as Atopica 3 times a week.
Zyrtec is now available as Generic. Costco's brand is ALLERTEC and is about $15.99 for 300 tabs. Sure beats the $600 a quarter we were paying when it was RX only!
Check with your vet before doing anything different.