Roundish, hairless, scaly, itchy skin lesions on back and sides
by Peggy G.
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Our 10 year-old Boston Terrier has suffered on and off for a period of at least 5 years itchy, scaly, skin lesions where she loses most of the hair. These pop up from time to time, then they seem to "heal" and the hair grows back. They are roundish and the size of silver dollars or half dollars.
She also licks her paws.
She has been treated by many specialists, specifically an oncologist, dermatologist, and internist in the New York City area, Connecticut, and Florida. Skin cultures were submitted to Cornell labs but no fungus grew. A biopsy performed 4 years ago revealed what was explained as "HPV virus in dogs."
An expensive cancer drug was prescribed but there was no improvement over the course of a 30-day period.
She has taken several types of antibiotics and steroids without improvement.
She eats a grain-free food made by Wellness-a kibble for small dogs. She eats twice a day-morning and evening. She has a voracious appetite and drinks a lot of water.
She has been living in Florida the past month, and has recently experienced another break out.
Prior to this she lived in the country in New York and was basically symptom free, although we can always see a small "raising" of the skin where the lesions once were, and it is still itchy under the hair where it's raised.
(Our other dog, a malti-poo, also has itchy, skin problems but the consensus seems to be she is allergic to grasses found in Florida.)
We are at the end of the rope. We are hanging on.....! Please advise.
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