Multiple bumps on forehead
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  • Arizona Basenjis

    Hi guys!

    Well, our beloved Tiki (who I've posted here about his epilepsy saga... which is still an issue and attempting to get controlled....) had developed bumps on his forehead a week ago. He went to the vet today and they said it was not mites, nor allergies.... just an unknown secondary infection possibly caused by one larger solid bump adjacent. The large bump was biopsied and had 'spindle shaped cells' that he said was a concern but not cancer - but to watch to see if this growth grows rapidly here soon. Must be rapid - it was NOT there last week! ;0

    We were sent home with cream and anti-biotic pills.

    Before going to the vet it seemed like text-book mange!! or maybe folliculitis? But neither were mentioned today.

    These bumps start off in a cluster - making their head all lumpy and gross. At first he looked wet, sticky. Then it turned into balding areas with raw flesh underneath. Very nasty. He's kind of clumsy so before in the past when he got these we thought 'oh, maybe he ran into the oven door or something'.... but now I'm just really concerned about what on earth these things are!!

    The large lump is a concern - watching... they'll want to surgically remove it if it grows. Seems strange that it didn't exist before these lumps arrived last weekend.

    Does anyone have experience to share? :D

    I'll update on the epilepsy later too..... still playing with PX dosing... he hasn't gone more than 2 weeks without a seizure since the spring! Usually 1 a week.

    MANY thanks!!

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  • That is really strange, and stranger that the vet doesn't know. Time for a specialist I think. I am so sorry he is going through all this. The continued seizures have to be frightening.

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  • Arizona Basenjis

    Thank you Debra, yes it's a mystery. I may have to take him to a skin doctor vet for the bumps if this doesn't clear up. Just so odd - as it's healing it feels like his skin is rough and bumpy like sand paper ?! As for the pills, they just keep checking his blood levels from the phenobarbital 2x a day and now increasing his Keppra to 3x a day. ;) He's a sweet heart, he doesn't deserve this......

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  • It is hard because they don't understand, they just know they don't feel good. Hopefully they'll get the seizures under control.

    I think a skin doctor may be the right move. :(

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  • Arizona Basenjis

    @DebraDownSouth indeed. He's a trooper though, so full of love and is a happy boy but our heart aches for him. I have a feeling that even if the bumps go away with the cream and pills....... they will come back. He had a couple bumps before that acted like these - but went away on their own. Is way worst this time. No mites, parasites or fleas..... he's all A-ok there. No valley fever..... he's had ever test ran already because of his epilepsy. Other than that he's super healthy! ;D

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  • @Hana - Have you discussed with his breeder?

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  • Arizona Basenjis

    @tanza So far she knows all about his epilepsy journey, not the bumps yet as it's only been a week. But, yes I absolutely am going to ask her about it for advice and to let her know what's going on. Thank you for the reminder! Been so busy juggling pills and cream - and everything else in daily life. ;D I appreciate it!

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