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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Our 16 week old old English bulldog is covered in lumps up

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Hi our 16 week old old English bulldog is covered in lumps up her back only just seen it
Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the Old English Bulldog's name?
Customer: Bullsog bella
Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the Old English Bulldog?
Customer: We Think she may be the runt of the litter, she’s quite small for her age but we’re not sure.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
She has had all her vaccines too
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
And also a flee and worming tablet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I have tried but it says the file is too large
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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Here
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
???
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

These lumps are most consistent with a skin condition called idiopathic (unknown cause) sterile granuloma and pyogranuloma. This is generally treated as we treat autoimmune skin disorders which can be treated conservatively - vitamin E, essential fatty acids, tetracycline or doxycycline with niacinamide - or more rigorously with a glucocorticoid (steroid) such as prednisone. A systemic antibiotic is indicated in order to treat secondary bacterial infection.

The best scenario would be a form of short-hair pyoderma - bacterial skin infection which is addressed with an antibiotic in the cephalosporin class such as cephalexin for 3-4 weeks and 1 week past clinical signs. Bathing every other day in a 2-4% chlorhexidine- or 2.5-3% benzoyl peroxide-containing shampoo should hasten resolution of the infection. The antibiotic must be prescribed by an attending vet. You can find the shampoos over the counter where dog supplies are sold. I suspect that her vet will elect to treat in this manner and see if a positive response is seen within a couple of weeks. If so, biopsying a lesion can be avoided. Biopsy is needed to confirm the less common granuloma/pyogranuloma.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Great thank you, so we shall get her to the vets as soon as possible
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
This won’t be painful for her right? She doesn’t seem to be acting different she seems fine
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Correct, neither scenario is expected to be painful. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you for your help
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Much appreciated
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

It's my pleasure.