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Hello,

We have an 8 month old full blooded boxer that we are having some serious problems with. He has been to the vet twice in the past 2 weeks and at this point the vet says he has never seen anything like this and has sent off cultures and biopsy to purdue university for review. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of what may be going on since no one here does.

Rocky started acting sick on Sunday 3/26/09. He did not eat his dinner that day and had bloody looking diarhea and was vomiting everytime he took a drink. This continued on Monday and he also began having bumps along the back of his neck and back. The vet put gave him an injection of penicillin and gave him an anti-biotic to take at home. By Wed. Rocky had began eating again, was no longer vomiting, but still had diarrhea. On thursday the bumps on top of his head had became small open sores. We thought this was likely from him scratching and called the vet on Friday. The vet prescribed a form of benadryl tablets and another antibiotic since he still had diarhea (no longer bloody looking). Since that time the diarhea has cleared up but over the weekend the sores on his head and neck became significantly worse and resulted in us taking him back to the vet. That is when the sedated him to clip the hair and clean the wounds and to get the culture and biopsy. At this point the wounds are trying to scab over but he has new bumps that have appeared on down his back and legs are we are afraid that these may open on their own also. I have attached pics which are very gruesome but am hoping somone can give us some insight. The first pictures of the few sores on his head are what it looked like last week when we thought he had just scratched. The other pics are from Monday. At this point we are just waiting to hear back from Purdue and keeping him on meds. Please help if you have any ideas. Thank you

There is another dog in the house (2 year old boxer) that has no signs of being ill so it does not appear to be contageous at this point.
 

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It looks like your dog has eaten/drank something toxic. Google "The Merck Veterinary manual" and go to the menu on the left and click on Toxicology. I had a look at the first one "Algal poisoning" and found similarities to your dog's condition... please check the others and tell your vet to look for what you think might be the cause. Good luck. Poor puppy.
 

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I have a Boxer who is 1.5 years old with the same lesions

He had hives which turned into these lesions as well. Vet has been throwing antibiotics and steroids at him, much to my skepticism, but nothing is working.

Do you have an update as to what it was yours had or what happened, status update, cure, etc?

I am thinking about trying homeopathy.

Starting with NUX VOMICA
to flush all the toxins out of his system.

PLEASE UPDATE ASAP

I have attached pictures of my boxer, BLUE
 

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I would ask to be referred to a specialist (either a dermatologist or an internal medicine specialist). Have these lesions been biopsied? Homeopathy is not the answer here...
 

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Please keep in mind that for homeopathy, whenever they've done scientific studies on it, any benefit from it has been accounted for by the placebo effect. Your dog doesn't know that he's taking something to "make him better" and will not get the benefit from the placebo effect.

While I definitely believe our science and technology is far from complete, and there are holistic remedies that can help and are not yet recognized by science, I do believe that homeopathy has been sufficiently shown to be ineffective.
 

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Please have the skin scrapings or even biopsies done.....we had a golden that developed lumps - ended up having him biopsied - and found out he has MRSP - which in humans is MRSA...................resistant to many antibiotics. Now have him on two baths a week - and a strong medication - he is coming back!
 
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