My wife and I have an almost 2 year old pug named Khloe. A few months ago she had a small bump on her chest which looked like an insect bite. We didn't think anything of it thinking it might be a mosquito bite. After a couple of weeks we noticed it grew to look like a blister but it was firm. so we took her to the vet and she was put on antibiotics. But that did nothing but cause this bump to grow larger. So thinking it might be a mast cell tumor, the vet recommended we have it removed which we did. The biopsy however came back as negative for mast cell tumor and inconclusive for what the bump really was. About a month later, she got 4 similar looking "bug bites" on her back which caused us to worry because we were afraid she would have to get surgery again. This time around the bumps turned into small bald patches on her back and one on her hid leg. She also grew the same bump on her chest again. We've taken her to the vet now twice and they don't know what's going on. They have prescribed antibiotics and anti-fungal pills and creams but nothing is working. The patches are bald with some skin flaking off and slightly raised. I'm on the verge of taking her to a dog dermatologist but I wanted to see if anyone had a similar problem and could give me a heads up. I'm posting pictures of the bald patches.

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Hi I wish I could help you but perhaps you should go for a 2nd opinon. ET once had a bald patch above his eye and vet took blood samples and did a scrape and found a that it was mites treated the infection with dectomax . The first vet I took ET to was also not sure and just gave him ointment but it just got worse I went for 2nd opinion thats when they found the mites.

With Mast Cells before they opperated on ET they first did a fine needle aspirate and blood test sent it away to the pathologist only if it came back positive then they would remove the lump . One can never tell every dog is different I think one would have to check out any lump even if it isn't MCT.

I'm really sorry your Khloe is having such a rough time just stay strong and go with your instinct.
I'm not sure if I've been of any help. Perhaps also check out Vet Info found this on Twirlys page and ask the vet online.

Keep well
It might be mange. All 6 of mine got it and it spreads like wildfire. The uncontrollable itching is a sure sign, if not it might be something simple. If it is, you'll need to get a shot, then two more every two weeks and benadryldaily 1mg /lb for the itching. Oh, and wash everything everyday and make sure all of the critters get the same shots as one will serve as a reservoir. It is also contagious to humans, but can't reproduce and will soon die off. It was missed by the vet every time. I was the one who figures it out and was also told it wasn't contagious to humans. IT IS! Try to do as much research online as you can. You will be surprised how much you can do yourself. The vet should have NEVER done that surgery! It's a topical problem, correct? OK, ranting :)The shot is ivermax :) I hope this helps :) Please look it all up online. Keep asking friends too :)
The one thing that is undeniable is that whatever these patches are, they don't seem to be having any NEGATIVE AFFECTS ON HER BEHAVIOR WHATSOEVER. She still plays and runs around and acts a fool and NEVER scratches them or tries to touch them or even shows signs of being irritated when YOU touch them yourself. That's what makes it so puzzling. I was thinking maybe it was some kind of mange but everything I read says that mange shows up on the face and the legs most commonly and her patches are on her back and then the 1 and only bump on her chest.
the small bumps have gone but what's left behind are bald spots that have turned the skin a black color. The vet gave me anti fungal cream a while back but after about 2-3 weeks of applying this and an antibiotic cream, nothing happened. I don't know if it's the vets in the area or what... but it seems like noone knows what is going on yet when i research it online I find other dog owners with similar issues and am trying what they have posted to see if any of those things work. If it's so common then why doesn't anyone know what it is? We were told to go see a dog dermatologist. I didn't even know they had such a thing. We were warned by the vet that it was going to be VERY expensive. Sigh... Figures.
hi jose
i have just found this site as i was looking for information about my pugs hairloss,it sounds exactly the same as khloe and i wanted to ask you if you found out what it is yet ?
my pug is 16 months and this has been happening, he losses his fur then it comes back and then goes again, it really does not bother him ,he is not ill with it
i just want to find someone who's pug has the same problem, the vet took blood tests and it came back as a small thyroid problem but i do think it is something else
from my profile pic you will see
but he is a happy little man and that is the important thing
Eventually what happened was the hair just fell out and never grew back. So Khloe has about 5 dime size bald spots on her now. I've just grown so accustomed to them i don't even notice them. It never affected her health or anything like that at all so once the Vet couldn't come up with an answer, we just lived with it. Sorry this didn't help much.
Hi, my girl moosh has one spot also,first thought it was hot spot,then spider bite,then another vet said benighn hematoma...it never bothered her either and after 9 months is still there.I have some pics on my page if you want to look.
hi all

as i live in a tourist area last weekan english couple stopped me and said they had exactly the same problem with their dog, they went to see loads of different vets and nothing would make it grow back eventually they took him to a vets college and straight away the vet said use liquid parrafin on his skin and his grew back
last week i started wiping zuhtu's skin with it and he has hair coming through now :-) so i hope it keeps on growing

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