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Skin Lesion Developed After Boarding

by Lisa
(Albuquerque, NM)

Sparkles skin lesion

Sparkles skin lesion

Sparkles skin lesion
Sparkle with Zahreen Dec. 2012

Our dog Sparkle did not have this skin lesion on her face when we dropped her off to be boarded (see photo).

Sparkle, who is female about 3 1/2 years old, black lab mix, has been spayed and is usually very healthy. She was dropped off Jan 2nd to be boarded for 5 days. We picked her up today Jan 6, 2013.

I was really upset that the boarding facility did not alert us that anything was wrong and there was no documentation about the lesion (when it appeared, how big it was, etc.). I have no idea what it is.

Should we take her in to a vet to get evaluated or is this a minor problem that can be fixed at home?

She is licking her face at the lesion site quite a bit. When I cleaned it to get a good look at it there was some blood on the paper towel. It looks more like disease than injury to me.

I put some tea tree oil on it, but of course she licked it right away. That's all I've done.

Please help.

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Jan 08, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Skin Lesion Developed After Boarding
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Lisa,
From the photos you submitted of Sparkle and her history of this appearing so quickly, this lesion appears to be fungal, bacterial, or even a skin tumor such as a histiocytoma or a mast cell.

I agree, it does not appear to be from trauma, such as a wound.

Since you live in a part of the Southwestern United States where fungal infections such as < a href="">Valley Fever (from Coccidiomycosis) are very common, that is my first suspicion. Skin lesions from Cryptococcosis, and Blastomycosis are also a possibility.

She was probably already developing it BEFORE you put her in the kennel, but stress from boarding and any vaccines given to her before going into the kennel would have affected her immune system and caused this to flare up quite quickly. I am not sure WHY the kennel did not notice this on her face and notify you immediately.

But it would be a good idea to have her checked by a veterinarian, a holistic veterinarian would be best, for a complete diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis would include a skin impression, tissue sample and/or culture of the lesion. They should also do a stool sample, blood test including heartworm test, CBC and Chem Panel.

In the meantime, feeding her an optimal diet such as a RAW diet would be the best for her.

And boost her immune system with one or two immune supplements, such as:

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

For the Immuplex, open and add one capsule to her food two times daily.


Jan 08, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Skin Lesion Developed After Boarding PART TWO
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Lisa,
Here is the rest of my response.

And NO MORE VACCINATIONS. Her immune system has already been compromised, do not introduce anything else into her system at this time! (Or possibly NEVER!) A holistic veterinarian will be able to write an exemption form for her, if this is the case.

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

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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