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Hello to all, this is my first post here although I've been visiting for a while now since we got our Penny this past summer.

She is a sweetheart of a dog and in good health, but we've run into something that the vet couldn't identify, and I was hoping someone here has seen it or could maybe offer some ideas.

Last month, the bridge of Penny's nose started to get red. Then redder. Then a sore came up, and another, then it started to get swollen. I tried putting Neosporin on her nose 3x a day, but it was only getting worse. I took her to our vet and her nose looked really bad. There were lots of sores and it was weeping and would bleed after Penny would rub it/scratch at it. All of this sprung up in one week.

The vet suspected Lupus and ran the test for it which came back negative. In the meantime, she put her on prednisone and an antibiotic, and Penny responded really well and her nose healed almost completely within just a few days.

The vet thought perhaps Penny was bitten by a bug or had an allergy of some sort.

Fast forward to today when I see that Penny's nose looks red again and slightly blotchy, which is just how it started last time.

Has anyone seen anything like this before? The rash (?) did not spread past the bridge of her nose. But it looked just awful, sores crusted over, weeping and bleeding. Her nose swelled up and she looked like she had a huge bump on the bridge.

She is on Frontline Plus and also Iverhart Max. I tried to search the web to see if there were reports of allergies to either one, but I couldn't find anything. She gets Iams dry with a little Pedigree canned mixed in. Stainless steel dish. I haven't given her a bath in a couple of months.

I can't think of any other possible causes... can someone please help ????

Many many thanks in advance...!!!
Penny and Tonia <--- aka Penny's Pillow!
 

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Wow, that is peculiar. If it is allergies try a different food, meds, shampoo and anything she might be exposed to. Where does she go to dig or sniff around in the yard. Be a CSI investigator and scour the areas she goes to frequently. Definitely keep us posted on how she does and if you're able to identify the root.

Good luck!
 

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Couple of thoughts: First, did your vet do a skin scraping? This would involve the vet using a razor blade to scrape some of the skin in the infected area and looking at it under a microscope. My Maggie has had many and it takes two techs holding her still while the vet scrapes but there is no after effects (other than the pup being pissed!). Second, if your vet is at a loss in terms of diagnosis, it sounds like it is time for a consultation with a veterinary dermatologist. Your location isn't listed but most of these specialists are associated with veterinary hospitals and you need a referral from your vet to make an appointment. Is it pricey? Unfortunately, my experience has been that it is. There is usually a consultation fee and then costs associated with any diagnostic tests. If you are going to go the route of a dermatologist, he/she would probably want to do their own skin scraping so you could save some money by not having it done by your vet first. On the other hand, if your vet does it and comes up with a diagnosis, that would save you the cost of seeing a specialist. Be sure to give us updates!
 
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