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Old 05-01-2011, 01:57 PM
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Bug Bites?

These spots are on my 4mon. old pitbull, he was in my back yard for about an hour, when I brought him back in these were on him. He has about 10 on his belly, & about 6 on random other spots, they are raised up slightly. He does not seemed bother by them, even when I was toughing them.



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They could be bug bites, but to be honest they don't really look like it to me.

Is there anything around that house that he could have gotten into? Any rat poison around? Anything outside that he could have burned himself on? (The one on his left side towards the bottom looks like it has a darker ring around it like a burn... ?)

How is he acting otherwise?
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That doesn't look like bites to me, I'd say more of a reaction to something.Ti be honest I would go to the vets with that if they don't start to fade, and straight away if he shows signs of being ill.
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There are no chemicals in his reach (I breed fish so everything is locked up!), unless there is something in the ground, I do live in an apartment building. He has had a rash several times already, still not able to find out anymore than its an allergy. I plan to take him to the Vet's in the morning. Some of them are starting to fade here is a pic I took a couple of minutes ago.


Otherwise he seems fine, he is still very active, he has eaten & drinking water, no vomiting or anything. He has tried to like the spots a couple times. Thanks!
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Sometimes when dogs start to lick an area like that its because it's sore or itchy. Maybe a cold compress would help? Perhaps a clean used flannel that you could put in the freezer/fridge for a few minutes?
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how bizzare...they look like chemical burns to me...no idea tho



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Definitely don't look like bug bites. Did you change anything in his diet? He could be allergic to something.
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Ouch! Ditto chem. burn... or perhaps really severe ringworm?
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Doubt they're ringworm being that they came about and are fading so fast.

I think it was a contact allergy-- but who knows to what.

Make sure you bring these pics to the vet tomorrow so he/she can see exactly what happened.
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It looks to me like a reaction to gnat bites.

My boy pug gets red circles exactly like that when gnats at his belly. Some are solid red, some are "target"-looking.

The vet is definitely your best bet for helping pin point their source. As long he's comfortable and not bothering with the lesions, and his breathing is ok (no anaphylaxis or swelling around his eyes, throat, or nose) then it isn't an emergency and you can go to your rDVM.

It's good you got pictures though...definitely show them to the vet since you said they lesions appear to be fading. Don't show the pictures on your cell phone...try to print the pictures as big as you can.
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