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Rash on Underbelly of Boston Terrier

by Melissa
(Janesville, WI)

Winston is a 10 year old Boston Terrier who has struggled for the past 6 months with a rash on his belly, groin and chest. He takes Atopica 25mg daily, along with a Pro-biotic, Aller G3 supplement, Glyco-Flex supplement, and (added in the last month)Springtime Fresh Factors supplement.

He is feed grain free and eats Acana Wild Prairie. He had unsuccessful cataract surgery in 2013, and as a result lost his left eye in February due to glaucoma. He takes one drop of demacarium in the remaining eye. I also have another Boston Terrier (with the same diet and supplements), Lulu, and she has not seen any symptoms.

This rash seemed to start when I noticed a "scratch" he had to the left of his groin. When I first noticed this area, it looked like a small, roundish, raised pink scratch, and his skin was scrapped in a way that made me believe this was the case. I though he might have been scratched by a stick. I never thought any more about it.

The "scratch" then changed and looked like a squiggly line, running from the penis to the groin/hip socket. It started to yellow, ooze and crust over. It was itchy, since he would drag his belly across the floor.

The vet put him ketoconazole. The area above his penis was oozing, pussing and had a yellowish crusting. The squiggly line also crusted over. The ketoconazole seemed to work. The scratched area was very faint, but still raised and pink. Two days after taking 1/4 tab of ketoconazole for 28 days everything reappeared.

This time, I cleaned his ears and found yellow and brown goop. He showed no signs of discomfort. Back to the vet again, he sampled his ear and saw he had yeast. He put him on an ear drop, 1/4 tab of ketoconazole, 1/2 tab of prednisone, 1/2 tab of simplicef. The vet believed he had a bacterial and staph infection. Everything seemed to clear up. One week after the completion of these meds, everything reappeared as bad as it has been.

Back to the vet, the only good news was that the yeast infection in his ear had cleared up. The vet repeated the same meds as before but increased them a bit. 1/4 tab ketoconazole twice daily, 1/2 tab prednisone twice daily, 1 tab simplicef once daily. Everything cleared up, even the "scratch" seem
to disappear. It was no longer raised, and a very slight pink. It compltely disappeared from his penis. The ketoconazole and prednisone were completed three weeks ago. The simplicef was completed two weeks ago.

Everything was great and he was healed for two weeks. He did still drag his belly on the floor, but showed no symptoms. On Saturday, I ran out of Atopica and by Monday, everything had returned. In fact, the scratch grew longer. We see the vet a fourth time tonight.

Winston has a very long medical history, starting from the day I got him off the Amish farm. The day we brought Winston home, the vet misdiagnosed his bald spots on his body as allergies and prescribed Benadryl. After taking him to another vet, he was properly diagnosed with manage. This was treated properly with antibiotics, and he has been free from manage for 9 years.

Winston went through allergy testing about 6 years ago(after breaking out in hives all over his body, ears, feet), finding out he is allergic to most trees, grass, and even me! At this point, we decreased our visits to the dog park. He was then on allergy shots for over a year and it seemed to help.

Two years ago, he had a mass cell tumor removed on his hip. Last year he had cataract surgery and 10 months ago had an enucleation to remove his right eye.

He was on Atopica 25mg in 2007-2008. He started Atopica again in May 2013 and it was increased to 50mg to suppress his immune system in order to reduce inflammation to his eye from the glaucoma drops. He also had to be on cerenia during this time, since he was constantly nauseous from the increased dosage of Atopica. When his eye was removed, I stopped the Atopica.

I have not switched brands of detergents, but maybe "flavors," which I have done all his life.
Ex: Tide Febreeze to Tide Downy. Cascade Complete to Cascade Platinum.

His treats are grain free Buddy Biscuits by Cloud Star. He takes his meds in Pill Pockets Hickory Beef.

This past month, I mixed his Acana Wild Praire food with Acanca Duck and Pear to keep things interesting. For special occasions, he get a Frosty Paw.

The pictures posted are from the 3rd break out and also from this afternoon.

I hope I gave you enough detail and background!!

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Dec 17, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Rash on Underbelly of Boston Terrier
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

December 17, 2014

Hi Melissa,
Thank you for the thorough history for Winston! Overall, it seems that he has had a poor or weak immune system since he was a puppy with Demodex mange. And as he has grown up, has continued to have skin issues from allergies, mast cell tumor, then cataract surgery, and then needing to have that eye removed. And now poor healing ability from a scratch(?) or wound(?) with secondary yeast infection in his skin and ears.

Here's a plan to boost his immune system, calm his skin, and try to restore his health.

The products you mentioned (Aller G3-Fish oils, and Springtime Fresh Factors-chondroitin, bee pollen, kelp, biotin, Probiotic and Glycoflex) are good supplements but do not seem to be 'enough' for Winston. I suggest you continue the AllerG3, Probiotics, and glycoflex, but to *boost* his immune system I suggest
1. Immuplex from Standard Process, available on Give him 1/2 capsule in his food TWO times daily.

Other good supplements are:
1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

2.Gradual transition from a DRY dog food to a canned, then to a RAW diet. See if the Acana grain free Wild Prairie is available in a CANNED form. If not, find something comparable, to ease the transition. His skin needs MOISTURE to heal. Even though he has water to drink, and/or you add water to his food, that is not the same as feeding canned and/or a RAW diet. A raw diet would be the BEST for him. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options,, and check out Primal, Nature's Variety, or BRAVO. All are excellent brands of raw food.

3. NO more vaccinations. Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to write an exemption form for Winston. To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

4. Bathe his abdomen 1-2 times per week with baby shampoo. If needed, you may apply some Apple cider vinegar to the dark red areas to prevent yeast/fungal overgrowth. He may need to have 1/8 tsp Apple cider vinegar instilled into each ear, if the yeast returns.

5. Homeopathic remedy: Sulphur 6C or 12C by mouth TWO to THREE times daily for red, itchy skin. Remedies can be purchased at a health food store or on line. You can give Winston one dry pellet by mouth 2-3 times daily. OR, put one pellet into a 2 oz glass dropper bottle, fill with Spring water, and shake or *succuss* the bottle 20 times by hitting it against the palm of your hand prior to each dose. Give Winston 1/2 dropperful of the liquid 2-3 times daily. A 2oz bottle will last about one month.

At that point, he may need to have an increase in potency of the Sulphur or if no response, he may need a remedy for 'vaccinosis'. This is a syndrome that occurs after vaccinations, seen in those susceptible individuals. Such as we see with Winston, and his poor immune system from puppyhood.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Mar 27, 2015
We are getting there...
by: Melissa

Thanks so much Dr. Carol!!
I took your advice and placed Winston on most of your suggestions. We also traveled to a holistic vet, where Winston is now a regular.

Currently, Winston is on:
1. Immuplex
2. Missing Link
3. Glyco Flex
4. Switch from Acana dry food to Sojos freeze dried

I was unable to locate the OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder.

The holistic vet also added:
5. Animal Essentials Plant Enyymes & Probiotic (replaced his other probiotic chew)
6. Animal Apawthecary Detox blend
7. 500 iu Vitamin E
8. Coconut Oil

It took Winston two weeks to rid himself of the prednisone and Atopica and for clear skin to appear. He still has the "sqiggly" line in his groin area, but it seems better. I also received a rabies waiver from the holistic vet. He has been drug free this whole time! I noticed some bald patches on this lower back (dime size). He has been itching. From what I can see under the hair, are raised blotchy, pink patches that look like acne (I hope it is not a staph infection). I have not bathed him recently, or made any changes that would cause and allergic reaction.

Back in our vet days, Winston would have been given Simplicef and prednisone to mask/heal the problem. What should I do? Add more supplements or increase the supplements he is on?? It breaks my heart to know that the holistic route worked so well, for so long, and now a hiccup!

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