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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry! He's going to the vet! But the soonest they can get him in isn't until the 21st D: I figured I'd see if anyone's come across this with their dogs before.

Okay well he might not be actually sick, but over the last few weeks he's developed scabs all over his sides, and he's gnawed at them so much he's getting a bald patch on both sides! I googled it and the big thing was fleas, but I've checked his fur and we have 3 cats who aren't getting fleas.

I've been rubbing the scabs down with tea tree oil to help keep them clean and keep him from gnawing(because it smells and tastes gross). Has anyone heard of something like this before?
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Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I would suggest getting him a cone collar until you can take him to the vet so that he can't gnaw at the sores and make them worse. Most pet stores should have them.
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Kitten--Mittens Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
one of my cats used to do that, they were called hot spots. maybe thats what your dog has. the vet gave us some stuff to put on the sores and they eventually went away.

im not sure if tea tree oil is the best thing to use, its very drying and could dry out your dogs skin..
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UltraRaccoon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My dog had the same or similar thing happen to her. She had ring worm. Get it from eating something contaminated. So do you control your dog's diet?
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well we give him a soup bone to eat every few days, could have been in the meat, other than that he has regular dog food.
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UltraRaccoon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course you let him outside to do his business or exercise. Mine was always guilty of eating small dead things...i always scold her, but she dose it anyway.
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2lazy2talk Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is he from a hunting breed? My dog had that and apparently it's pretty common in hounds. it's also pretty easy to heal no worries ;)
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He's actually a mutt and a half ^^; His dad might have been a black lab so it's entirely possible
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2lazy2talk Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mutt can still inherit diseases :/
either way, dont worry much, since it goes away with medicine and the fur grows back
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That sounds like an allergy.

I'd suggest giving him benedryl for a few days and see if that helps- it's safe for dogs. Dose by weight- 12-25lb- 12 mg (baby dose). 25-50lb- 25mg (one adult pill) 50lb+ 50mg (2 adult pills).

Tea tree oil is great for irritation, I like to mix some lavender in it. You can also apply honey and/or aloe.
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll try that! Thanks! :) I think it might be a reaction to the straw we put in his doghouse recently.
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That could definitely do it, you never know what kind of irritants and critters can be in there.
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Ashieepants Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
It could be fleas (there's different types), mites, stress leading to excessive grooming (my cat is a victim of this -_-) allergies...

Have you considered looking around other vets to see if you can get a closer date?
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
He'll be ohk! He has a great pet owner that's why.
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you! I think it might be an allergic reaction to the straw we got for his doghouse, going to give him some Benadryl, hopefully it helps :)
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have a fever/flu myself. Might be coincidence, but I just took Benydryl Lol. Well, yur welcome and hope the cute lil puppy gets well soon! :D
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh noes! Well i hope both you and my Ollie get better XD
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lol :)
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shininginthedarkness Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
My dog got a giant sore hot spot, went on for a month or two, the vet didn't really help, and it turned out he was allergic to peanut butter. Of all things. So sometimes it's a really random substance.

I don't wanna give medical advice on here, but if my dogs have mild allergies/are itchy for no discernible reason, I give them Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is generally considered safe for dogs in low doses, the guidelines for which are readily available on the internet.
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha! I think it's a reaction to the straw we got recently for his doghouse! I bought some Benadryl today, hope it works! Thanks for the advice
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shininginthedarkness Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Oh, I hope you've figured it out! Good luck!
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SarahReneeCreations Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Allergies perhaps? I remember when we changed my dog's dog food and he began balding around his eyes.
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it could be a reaction to the straw we used to fill his doghouse, it fits the time the rash started
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SarahReneeCreations Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That could be it. Try removing the straw and see what happens :). Why dog was balding around his eyes due to an allergic reaction to his food the vet warned us of straw, hay, change in food, tumbleweeds, and other plants.
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Zixra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Maybe its a "hot spot" i've seen hotspots and this sounds almost like them.
"Redness, oozing, pain, and itchiness are hallmark signs. Hair loss is commonly present. Sometimes hair can mat over the lesion, obscuring the size and degree of the problem. These lesions can appear suddenly, and grow rapidly (hours).

It is common for an owner to notice a small area of inflamed skin in the morning (perhaps an inch or couple centimeters in diameter) and come home from work to be met with a large area the size of the palm of a hand. The dog is usually highly agitated, and will not leave the area alone. Some dogs will even growl or snap if the area is touched." - [link]

Anything like that?
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea that's almost exactly it! I think he could be reacting to the straw we bought for his doghouse, I'm going to try some Benadryl :) Thanks so much!
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Zixra Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
No problem :) It sounded like something similar! Ironically my dog seems to be doing the same thing and I've just given him a benadryl ^^'
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It could also be mange mites, which would suck. As for fleas, there are different species of fleas and some of them will only feed on certain types of mammals, so the dog having them while the cats don't isn't completely odd for a flea infestation, depending on what kind of flea. It could also be an allergy, dogs like labradors seem especially prone to food allergies and allergies to household cleaners. If it's an allergy, you might think about changing your dog's diet to one with more meat and less wheat/corn in it if he's on dry food. These plant fillers often trigger allergic reactions in sensitive dogs.
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VictoriaHollow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Writer
All I can think of is fleas, maybe ticks. I don't know, but something obviously is messing with his skin.

I just searched some things up of what can cause scabs appearing; fleas, mites, ticks, an allergy, certain shampoo's, lack of something in the body. Maybe this can help, sorry if it doesn't. Did you change anything? Different food or something?
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Dorktron Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea the first scab I found I thought it was a tick...but we live in Northern Alberta and it's the middle of winter D:

He's eating the same food he always has...but when he comes inside he lays on a blanket, maybe the soap we use to clean the blanket...or the fibers in it are irritating his skin...
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Ashieepants Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I said the same thing when I found my cat sick and dying in my garden. "It can't be a tick, it's Winter..."

It was a paralysis tick and she had to be on life support to stop her lungs from shutting down before the antivenin kicked in.
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VictoriaHollow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Writer
probably... small things can effect animals or humans.
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