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Any ideas? - Skin issue in friend's boxer

Postby Sassy Girl » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:45 pm

Hey everyone,

Got a really bad call today from a close friend. Her Boxer came up with a strange skin issue that is now being tested by her vet, he believes it is cancer and an aggressive one. They have done a biopsy and are waiting for the test results.

Her vet said that he has seen only a few cases of this form of cancer and said that if it is in fact cancer they should put her down so she does not have to suffer. Devastating to say the least....I'm looking for anyone who could shed some light on this for them and me. This dog is one incredible little dog and brings so much light to anyone who meets her.

The symptoms...
Last Thursday she started showing signs of an allergic reaction, with itchy hives, she then had a loss of appetite for a few days and on Saturday began eating baby food. Monday, the hives then turned into these horrible sores - see pics below. The vet first saw her Monday and he said he thought it was a staph infection and put her on antibiotics and steroids. Now these sores are getting worse and now coming up on different parts of her body. Anyone had any experience with anything like this or heard of anything like this?

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Postby Marley44 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:49 pm

i've actually never seen this, although i do work as a tech, but i can say that this looks really painful.

Boxers are known for cancer, and it's a horrible horrible breed predisposition. Sounds like she's got a good vet if they're being honest. If you can get me information on the specific type of cancer I'll look into my school books and work books and see what I can find for you that the vet may leave out.

Tell your friend im sorry. And I wish her sweet boxer the best. :teardrops: :hug:

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Postby FransterDoo » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:43 pm

oh god! That is so horrible.

Please give M and M our love and keep us posted.

Here's hoping for a miricle.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:41 am

Don't euthanize without biopsies... several of them. Please keep us updated on what this turns out to be. It seems to have developed awfully fast to be cancer in my experience, I'd be much more suspectful of an auto-immune disease.

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Postby Sassy Girl » Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:34 am

Oh they won't euthanize until they have gotten more information and proof. This dog mean's the world to them. Thanks guys for the hope...as Tracey said - hoping for a miracle....

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Postby msvette2u » Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:38 am

Oh dear me - that looks so painful. I hope they figure it out and can fix her up, she's so sweet despite those sores :(

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Postby dogs4jen » Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:57 am

Poor girl, that looks awful. I hope it's something curable and not cancer.
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Postby FransterDoo » Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:13 pm

What about Bay Area Vet Specialists?

That's were Franny's cardiologist is and they did amazing work with Elroy and Ruby when their kidneys were failing.

http://www.bayvetspecialists.com/

Keep us posted either here or via email.

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Postby Sassy Girl » Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:27 pm

They got the blood work back, turns out no cancer at all in her blood, THANK GOD....however there is massive amounts of inflamation in her blood. So, they are talking about possibly taking her out to a veterinary dermatologist to see if they can help. Both eyes are now swollen to the point where she can barely see and bumps are now all over her body....

Tracey - thanks for the link - I will have her call them too, always good to get 2nd opinion and a 3rd too...

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Postby akaspaddero » Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:48 am

Paws are crossed they figure out WTH is going on!

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Postby picara » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:13 am

Oh, the poor baby. I hope that problem finds a solution fast!

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Postby patty » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:30 am

Thank goodness not Cancer.

Those bumps look so painful and with her eyes now swollen and bumps everywhere I pray she is on medication to keep her comfortable.

What could this be? Keep us updated.

Give your friend :hug:s from all of us. :pray her Boxer gets better real soon.

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Postby GreenEyedBully » Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:18 pm

Not to steal your thread...but I gasped when I read the symptoms & saw the photos. I was looking through this section because my Phil has what looks like the same thing as your friends boxer. His started on the morning of Dec 10th. I work at a vets office, so I took him in to work w/ me & he was given 100 mgs of benedryl & put in kennel for observation. My boy has a history of hemotomas on his feet from 3 years ago when I first rescued him, so of course the vet felt it was just that...another of my "Special Boy's flair ups"...The benedryl seemed to stop the outbreak (bumps did not comepletely go away) but the bleeding did stop, so I take him home w/ orders for benedryl twice a day. At 6 pm that evening, within 15 mins my boy was broken out all over his whole body & worse that the morning out break! Next day...back to work w/ me & vet gives pednisone & cipro. Phil is really sensitive & has a bad reaction to the prednisone. Saturday morning he is all wierd & panting hard like he is burning up, but shaking like he's freezing & he's vomiting yellow bile. He goes outside in the 20 degree morning cold & will not get up. Just lays there shaking, panting & heaving. Of course I rush him to the vet. He gets a CBC, 2 Xrays and the vet is fearing cancer, but his spleen, etc looks ok. Whoo! Talk about freaking out...the C word.... So, the vet gives a benedryl injection, an different steroid injection & Cimetidine. We had our office party last night & our three vets were having a pow-wow about Phil's condition. One of my friends was at the table & was telling me they are really concerned because they have seen a couple of small outbreaks of this kind in other dogs... but they responded to benedryl & went away w/ no problems. Phil is really worrying them. So after the party, one of the vets handed me bottles of Dexamethasone & Cimetadine & told me to have Phil in first thing on Monday for a biopsy. This morning his pillow & blankets are dotted with blood. The spots are larger & more are bleeding & his entire body is just pitiful. My 3.5 year old dog, that was Beautiful on Tuesday, now looks like he is 15. It's so awful to watch him feeling so bad. Has your friend heard anything more about their boxer? Is he still broken out? Does my boys symptoms sound like the same as theirs? I am at a loss & hoped we could help each other. I hope your frinds pup gets better soon! I will try to post some pics of my Phil...

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Postby GreenEyedBully » Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:32 pm

OK...here goes. These are from Thursday...the second day of my dogs outbreak. Kinda hard to see, but he has bumps all over & a really large one on his muzzle & his shoulder which are bleeding. He now has the bleeding ones scattered all about his body, but mostly his head neck & shoulders... Image
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Postby pblove » Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:49 pm

oh these poor babies
I will keep the 'boxer' and 'Phil' in my prayers here.


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