Lethargic Dog with Severe Hair Loss & Cluster of Raised Black Moles on Neck
by Emily R.
Current photo of the warts (?)
My dog Bentlee is very lethargic, has no personality, and itches to the point of bleeding constantly. He has had what looked like a little black mole on the side of his neck for at least 9 or so months.
However, within the last three weeks a huge cluster of raised black moles gathered around the older one (see picture taken). They are bleeding constantly from being scratched.
Bentlee now is eating and drinking however he has no personality, no energy and scratches and bites until bleeding all day and all night and still has the red bumpy rash. It never seems to stop. A Benadryl when it gets out of hand seems to help some.
I have tried absolutely everything, seen one of the best diagnosticians in Seattle and had multiple opinions.
ANY help or advice you can give will be so so so appreciated. I will do absolutely anything to figure out what it is that's wrong with him.
Here's some more background: Bentlee is a three year old, neutered, Yorkie-poo. I bought him in Southern California and raised him there for the first year and a half of his life. He ate whatever food was cheapest, had tons of bones, and never had a single health issue or problem. He was a happy, healthy, energetic puppy.
I moved to Seattle about a year and a half ago with Bentlee. I moved into my parents house for a few months until I could find my own place.
Bentlee loved living with my parents dogs and seemed
to adjust just fine until about the 4-5 month right before I moved out. He started to be loosing his hair and to be biting at himself and had a red bumpy rash.
I moved into an apartment where he was the only pet on the ground floor and the problem seemed to persist. Within a month I was taking Bentlee to a vet because he was itching and pulling more hair out. He still had his happy personality though.
The vet told me it was most likely an allergy which developed from the move from California to Seattle. The vet said it was probably something like the trees or pollen and prescribed him an oral antibiotic for skin and infection.
He had me cut out all bones and treats, use only hypoallergenic detergent and shampoos, use no harsh chemicals, and started him on a limited ingredient dog food.
Within a few more months Bentlee was back at the vet, very sick, not wanting to play and becoming very lethargic. The vet was pretty shocked by how quickly Bentlee spiraled downwards and prescribed him Benadryl when needed and a low dose of steroids. The steroids seemed to help for the first two weeks then stopped and Bentlee stopped eating and drinking and became more sickly.
I then moved to a new apartment in a renovated, new building. This is where Bentlee really got worse.
He was put on a homeopathic remedy which didn't seem to work either.
Thank you very much for you time and consideration.
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