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Dog Has Itchy Red Spots on Lower & Upper Lip

by Kevin D.
(Grand Rapids, MI)

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Lovable Jasmine

My Dog Jasmine has recently developed these open sores on her lower and upper lips (both sides). My wife says that she keeps scratching them really hard. She also says that they have bled, and had puss coming out of them. This has only been going on for just about a week now.

My wife thought that they were bug bites or flea bites at the beginning, but they look much bigger than that.

My wife also said that she just found a dry dish sink scrubbie on the floor (that would have had a lot of dish soap on it from washing the dishes), and in a area that led her to believe that Jasmine had gotten to it. She now thinks that it could be a chemical reaction from the soap.

I personally think that it looks like poison ivy. There is potential to for her to get into that kind of stuff as we do let her roam the back yard of our apartment complex.

My wife is really worried about this. I tend to think that we can get this rash taking care of on our own. Money is really tight for us, as I have the only full time job for a Family of 3 with two pets (us, son, with cat, and a dog).

Can you please help us figure this out?

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May 31, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog has Itchy Red Spots on Lower & Upper Lip
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

May 30, 2013

Hi Kevin,

From the photos of Jasmine, with the pustules localized to her lips and because she is very itchy, I suspect she may have a contact allergy to her plastic food bowl.

If you are feeding her from a plastic food dish, it would be best to switch to a stainless steel dish, which would be 'hypo-allergenic'. The plastic scrubbie may have triggered something, if she was chewing on it regularly. This does not look like bug bites or poison ivy.

(You might wish to make her water bowl stainless steel or ceramic also.)

It may take 7-10 days to see an improvement, once you switch to a non-plastic food dish.

If you are NOT feeding her from a plastic food bowl, she may have what is called, 'Puppy Pyoderma' which is an auto-immune problem triggered by vaccines. This would be a bit more complicated to treat homeopathically, but it can be done.

It would involve improving her diet to a RAW diet, NO dry food, immune supplements, NO VACCINATIONS, NO toxic flea/tick products, and treatment with homeopathic remedies that fit her symptoms.

Of course, it would be best to have her seen by a 'local' veterinarian, or even better a holistic vet!

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.






May 31, 2013
Jasmine
by: Kevin

Thanks Doc. She already has a metal food dish though.My next question is that, can this be related to not getting her vaccines on schedule? Were a few weeks late on that. Also my wife just put tick stuff on her could this be from that?

Jun 01, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog has Itchy Red Spots on Lower & Upper Lip
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

May 31, 2013

Hi Kevin,

Good, if Jasmine is eating from a metal dish and drinking from a not-plastic water bowl, then it must not be a contact allergy.

DO NOT give her ANY vaccinations while she is sick with this skin problem! Being *late* on the vaccinations did not contribute to this condition.

Applying a flea/tick product may have contributed to weakening her immune system, making her more susceptible to developing this problem.

Can you bathe her and remove as much as possible? You may need to use Dawn Dish Detergent to get all of oils and toxins off of her. (Dawn is used to remove the oil on birds that are caught in an oil slick.) Rinse it off, and shampoo her a second time with Baby shampoo or oatmeal shampoo.

Supplement her with some Immune support,

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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