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Old 05-22-2011, 01:57 PM
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My dog has small bumps down his lower back

My dog Beau is a 3yr old yorkie and its worst in the summer but all year round he's got these little bumps on his lower back/hind quarters that drive him crazy. I used to work as a kennel technician at an animal hospital and the dr. there suggested it could be flea allergies even if he doesn't currently have a "flea infestation". He's an inside dog and really only goes outside to use to bathroom and go visit my parents as he gets most of his excersize running like crazy around my apartment . She had me put him on Comfortis flea preventative for a few months to see if anything changed. About two months later I got let go and haven't really had the money to keep up on it. He still eats his regular food (Original Wellness Core) and gets all natural treats, but I haven't had the extra cash for flea prevention. I know its bad and irresponsible of me but I've heard so many horror stories about the cheaper stuff that I'm scared to buy any of it for him. Sometimes after he itches his skin will get red but its mostly just dry, flaky, bumps.

I was wondering if anyone else deals with this and if there is any other cause for this. I know I should take him to the vet but for the time being I just want to make him comfortable and stop itching. The Comfortis didn't really make a huge difference but he was only on it for a short time. Since I've had him (9 weeks old) he's been on Innova puppy and adult, Natural Balance, and now Wellness Core (he's a super picky eater but loves his Wellness) and while he's always had this problem I fell like it's the worst in the last couple of months, reaching all the way up to the back of his neck. It's not on his belly just on his back and back legs. I've been looking into a more natural lifestyle and might try a home made approach to flea control. Has anyone had any success with this? Can anyone suggest any other cause/treatment? We bathe him in Fresh n' Clean oatmeal and baking soda shampoo because it smells good and seems to help just after his bath. Any suggestions on shampoo?

Really any input would help but please try to avoid any negativity about how I should take him to the vet, I know I should I just don't have the money to right now. Thanks
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It sounds like you are not actually sure if its a flea allergy or a food allergy, or something else all together.

My advice would be to try to figure out what is causing it first. Wellness core is a good food, but I suppose he could still be allergic to something in it. On the other hand, if he has a flea allergy, you really need to get rid of the fleas. I use frontline on my dogs and it totally gets rid of any fleas or ticks. You can get frontline on the internet (I go through Amazon) for bit cheaper than at the vets.

Perhaps the thing to do is to do an experiment to find out if it is the fleas. Maybe you could purchase 3 months of frontline and do that reliably for the 3 months. If the bumps go away, you know it was a flea problem. If the bumps don't go away, then it may be a food allergy, at which point you could go the route of an "elimination diet" to try to figure that out.

To be honest, I'm not thinking you need to spend loads of money at the vets right now, since you already had a vet look at the problem. What you need to do is your own methodical experiment to figure out the origin of the problem.

PS. I would definitely NOT try any cheaper flea stuff from Petco etc. I've heard horror stories too.
Here's what I'd do
Amazon.com: Frontline Plus for Dogs - Small - up to 22 lb. - 3 pk: Kitchen & Dining Amazon.com: Frontline Plus for Dogs - Small - up to 22 lb. - 3 pk: Kitchen & Dining
And I might not even use the full dose if your dog is teeny.
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Thanks for the advice Tess. I also don't see the need to run him to the vet and spend loads of cash just yet, that's why I wanted to ask on here first. When we tried the Comfortis trial he was on it two months. Nothing better nothing worse. Initially we planned to keep him on it closer to 4-6 months but like I said I lost my job and funds have been tight. The Frontline plus from Amazon is definitely affordable and I think we might give it a shot. Thanks!

I'm still open to suggestions or advice about home remedies/all natural flea treatment if anyone has them.
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What flavor of wellness?

also could you take a pic?
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wellness is a great food but still have grains it in. Maybe try a no grain food like natural balance and see if that helps. Also i have bought adams flea and tick medication and it works really well. Just dont use hearts flea and tick. Also there are some all natural medication that is even safe on puppies at any age. That works really well to.
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wellness is a great food but still have grains it in. Maybe try a no grain food like natural balance and see if that helps. Also i have bought adams flea and tick medication and it works really well. Just dont use hearts flea and tick. Also there are some all natural medication that is even safe on puppies at any age. That works really well to.
Actually wellness core does not have grains

Natures recipe I believe has 1 grain free food, and personally both the foods are in the high priced range for grain free.

If your wellness core has chicken in it, try a different meat source
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He eats the chicken formula. We tried Natural Balance because my sister's dog has food allergies and was doing really well on it but Beau wouldn't eat it. I looked up a few home flea remedies tonight and I think I might whip some up tomorrow. One suggestion was brewers yeast and I know we have some so I'll start giving him that again. I'll try to take some pictures tomorrow. Everyone is sleeping now lol
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My dog Beau is a 3yr old yorkie and its worst in the summer but all year round he's got these little bumps on his lower back/hind quarters that drive him crazy. I used to work as a kennel technician at an animal hospital and the dr. there suggested it could be flea allergies even if he doesn't currently have a "flea infestation". He's an inside dog and really only goes outside to use to bathroom and go visit my parents as he gets most of his excersize running like crazy around my apartment . She had me put him on Comfortis flea preventative for a few months to see if anything changed. About two months later I got let go and haven't really had the money to keep up on it. He still eats his regular food (Original Wellness Core) and gets all natural treats, but I haven't had the extra cash for flea prevention. I know its bad and irresponsible of me but I've heard so many horror stories about the cheaper stuff that I'm scared to buy any of it for him. Sometimes after he itches his skin will get red but its mostly just dry, flaky, bumps.

I was wondering if anyone else deals with this and if there is any other cause for this. I know I should take him to the vet but for the time being I just want to make him comfortable and stop itching. The Comfortis didn't really make a huge difference but he was only on it for a short time. Since I've had him (9 weeks old) he's been on Innova puppy and adult, Natural Balance, and now Wellness Core (he's a super picky eater but loves his Wellness) and while he's always had this problem I fell like it's the worst in the last couple of months, reaching all the way up to the back of his neck. It's not on his belly just on his back and back legs. I've been looking into a more natural lifestyle and might try a home made approach to flea control. Has anyone had any success with this? Can anyone suggest any other cause/treatment? We bathe him in Fresh n' Clean oatmeal and baking soda shampoo because it smells good and seems to help just after his bath. Any suggestions on shampoo?

Really any input would help but please try to avoid any negativity about how I should take him to the vet, I know I should I just don't have the money to right now. Thanks
Hi,Just wondering if you found the cure for this because my yorkie just developed something like this the last week she has pimples over her back and dandruff skin flaking, I was leaning towards the shampoo we changed to or even the new dog food but I also give her fresh fruits but I think it's the shampoo but not sure ! when I brushed her the pimples came out worst, she does have a allergy that she gets in her feet long before this and I was told by the vet to try claritan and I did and also some sab her prescribed which the sab does work but I'm concerned about these pimples !

Thanks!
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Yes, I think it is allergies. There are many anti allergy creams and shampoos that will work on your dog's skin, which I feel has helped my friend's dog a lot.
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Bumps sound like they could be yeast. If the area smells like funny breadsticks, bingo.
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