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Old 09-23-2010, 10:19 PM
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Strange Sore/Growth Dachshund Face

Our Brett is a seven year-old dachshund, pure bred, but not a show dog and without papers. He was the runt of the litter; bow legged and very undersized. Oddly, though, he has had surprisingly good health until recently.

Over the last couple of months, Brett has developed skin issues, including hair loss on his belly and hind legs, darkening of the skin, uncontrollable itching and a really awful smell. The vet diagnosed a fungal and bacterial infection as well as undetermined allergies. He was prescribed antibiotics, anti-fungal shampoo and hydroxyzine to control the itching. It seemed to work well.

Today we discover an odd growth/sore on Brett's face, behind his nose in the whisker area of Brett's lip. The thing is about the size of a dime and nearly a perfect circle. It appears to have cracks running through it, although it does not seem to hurt him. It also appeared overnight as we did not see it yesterday.

I have no idea what it is and how threatening is may be. I took some relly bad pictures, but am unsure of how to upload them onto your forum. The may not be of any help anyway.

Any ideas are appreciated.

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Growths are best to bring to your vets attention only because it can be a number of things. If its that big and occurred quickly it could be a bug bite or a tumor/growth, so hard to diagnose without a vet seeing it sorry

I would think possibly a but bite, however, if its not gone by tomorrow or at least smaller then its most likely not a bug bite.
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Just to add to the previous response...

About the other skin issues, you might ask your vet to test the dog's thyroid hormone level. Its not uncommon for middle aged dogs to get hypothyroid, and this can be an underlying cause of skin issues. The thyroid gland is involved in lots of things, including the immune system. Often fungal infections are opportunistic if the animal's immune system is not up to par.

Let us know what you find out. ;-)
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^good add. I am still learning about thyroid on here
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Thanks.
I've been "lucky" enough to have 2 hypothyroid dogs, so have had the chance to learn a bit about it, both the hard way (with problems) and the easy way (internet research).

Its easily treatable with twice daily meds, so once its recognized, its one of those "miracle cures." The meds are not very expensive either. From what I've learned, its often missed by vets, particularly in early stages or young dogs. The stereotypical dog is diagnosed after age 6 or 8, and only after there are severe signs such as weight gain, lethargy, and lots of skin problems.

Well, I'll stop there before derailing this thread further! LOL. ;-)
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Poor puppy. I don't have any advice, but I hate reading about sick pups. Is there an update?
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The thing on his face seems to bother his owners much more than it bothers him.

Never considered hypothyroidism. Although I know that obesity is very common in Dachshunds, Brett's weight has been under control and he remains very active. The bad skin smell seems to have gone away with antibiotics and fungal treatments. Overall, his health has improved markedly since we began the treatments. Its just that weird thing on his face that suddenly appeared that is giving us fits.

I will update when I have more info.
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The thing on his face seems to bother his owners much more than it bothers him.
LOL! Well, I would still advise getting it checked out. Dogs do get cancerous lesions on the muzzle, so taking the extra careful route here might be key.

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Never considered hypothyroidism. Although I know that obesity is very common in Dachshunds, Brett's weight has been under control and he remains very active. The bad skin smell seems to have gone away with antibiotics and fungal treatments. Overall, his health has improved markedly since we began the treatments. Its just that weird thing on his face that suddenly appeared that is giving us fits.

I will update when I have more info.
Its great he has improved with treatments. ;-)
The "inhouse" bloodtest for the T4 hormone should not be too expensive or too hard on pup to perform, and at least you would know if that is the problem. There is likely some underlying reason that he succumbed to the fungal infections. Stuff like that often happens when the immune system is not at full power, and low thyroid is a common thing that compromises the immune system.

We'll look forward to updates!
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I know you folks were worried about Brett. Here's an update: the weird thing on his face was a scab. Mom has been on a fast walking/jogging kick and took our pooch out for company. He is really little and has very short legs, while Mom is 5'8" and wears extra long pants. We're guessing he took a tumble while Mom was walking and yakking on her cell phone. We never noticed it until it was scabbed over and really ugly. Brett is all better now.
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Ty for the update! Glad to hear he is all good
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