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Hello Everyone! My 14 week old puppy, Ruggie, has been getting rashes and pus filled bumps on his skin for weeks now. The vet said that it was a staph infection which he was given antibiotcs for. They were all over his back and inside his ears. As the vet suggested we left his ear untaped for almost a week and giving him medicated ear ointment, as well as antibiotics for his skin. His ears healed and it looked like the bumps were slowly going away. After the Okay from the vet, we reposted his ears but shortly after the bumps started appearing again within his ears, backside and now underneath his muzzle. I was wondering if anyone has ever seen or dealt with this problem. I'm starting to think that this could be an allergy vs. infection, possibly steming from his posting? I use foam caulking rods and I made sure that all tape used is latex free. Any suggestions as to what this coul be? I am seeing the vet this weekend and if anyone has any suggestions on what to ask her or what to inform her of I would greatly appreciate it.

* you can see in this pick that his right ear is irritated and far more 'bumpy' then the left ear. I took his posts out yesterday and will probably leave them out until I see the vet again. Beloe is a close up of his ear.

IMO I wouldn't think it would be an allergy/infection from posting because it's not isolated to his ears. Over the years I have found that alot of skin ailments are the cause of the ingredients in some dog foods.

Best of luck

Gunny 

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Thanks Gunny! I thought that may also be a cause. Right now he's getting BLUE Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe for large breed puppies. Do you think that it could also be something in his treats? I've still been trying to get the right diet down for him. Any food or treat suggestions?

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Is it just his ears?  Dallas  used to get little puss dots on his muzzle our vet said it was K9 acne.

Well, I feed prey model raw.http://www.rawfeddogs.net/ Not most peoples cup of tea. I have friends who use "Victor", their dogs (which are working dogs) do very well on it and they swear by it. Keep your treats to a minimum. They are only for training. My wife buys some kind of holistic treat things and spoils mine but they are her dogs too so I don't say much. Like it would help if I did, right...lol. For treats I buy cheese blocks and cut it up into little cubes about the size of my little fingernail put it into a zip lock. Keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks. You could get cows liver, cook it and cut it into about the same size cubes, freeze it, bag it and use what you need at the time. Both are cheap.

I've said on here before: The best food you can afford, that the dog will eat and the dog does well on, is the best food you can buy.

Unless the dog is itchy, the little bumps bother us more than the dog.

When Jewel was around 5 or 6 months old she developed a skin issue, we did the vet thing  and the vet never could put his finger on the problem. That's when I switched to raw and all the problems disappeared. I'm not saying this is your problem but it could be a nutritional issue and not a medical issue.

Gunny

P.S. The trainer in me says, don't skimp on your training because of this. Nows such a perfect time to build your foundation.

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From the sounds of it, sounds like you might be dealing with dog acne. Max has had it for a while, and it's getting better, but it's something he's starting to grow out of. If it persists to much longer, we are going to have to put him on antibiotics, which isn't that big of a deal. 

I wouldn't worry to much about the bumps, as long as his ears aren't starting to get an odor, or the bumps starting to look nasty.

Just make sure that you don't let him itch, it can irritate the skin, and it will break open and bleed some.

Any questions, feel free to ask here or with your vet! They know more than most of us (except the few who are in fact veterinarians).

Also, if you're using a plastic bowl, try switching to a stainless steel, or porcelin. And since you're already spending decent money on food, I would go to a grain-free dog food. Dogs are natural carnivores, so there is no need for any grains in their diet. It won't change that much in price, and Blue has some very good grain free foods.

Hope it's a little help!