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Fungal Infection - Bully stick??

Ok, I am finally following up (in the right thread) on Rico's lip lesions. They are crusty, raised patches on his lip. The hair has fallen out of the center of these areas.

Our vet says he believes this is caused by a fungal infection, brought on by the rubbing from chewing bully sticks. The vet HATES bully sticks for many reasons....this being yet another. Rather than immediately doing a biopsy and confirming fungal infection, cancer (he doubts), etc....we have started him on a treatment of an antibiotic, Simplicef and an anti fungal, Ketoconazole.

We return for a follow up in 2 weeks to see what progress Rico's made and reassess doing a biopsy. Vet says it will look worse before it looks better and that it could be 4 to 8 weeks until it is gone.......NO MORE BULLY STICKS OR FLOSSIES!! OMG, Rico will be so upset when he figures this out!

Any experience with this type of thing? Advise?


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Oh, my! That sounds terrible - does it seem to be bothering him? Keep us informed of his progress!

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Yikes! That is awful

Is there any way it could be from outdoors? IF the vet hates bully sticks that much, he's bound to have seen more than one bad incident with them.

There has to be a treat that can replace them and they like just as much,..

I've never bought bully sticks, they are just too gross for me to deal with, but the dogs sure seem to like them..

Hope he gets better soon
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I don't think it's painful.....he does lick it every now and then. I'm just so happy it's a treatable problem!

My DH hates the Bully sticks as well. Some of them have a bad smell, but I guess they are addicting! We former smokers and smokers know about that oral addiction! LOL

My problem is Rico loves to chew, but I guess that's part of the problem....it can be caused by plastic chews, rubbing against plastic or rough bowls surfaces when they eat or drink. Once the area has become abraised, anything can get into the surface and cause it.

I don't think I'll ever know where the fungus came from........


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Oh poor Rico! Years ago I had a Husky and the kids use to buy those Pig Ears (Yuck) and he loved them. He kept geting infections...Vet said it was the pig ears. Stopped them and he didn't get them anymore. We gave him those Better Then Pig Ears, they don't last as long and he liked them just as much. Hope Rico's lip clears up soon (Raja's took over a month).

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Wow, I hope the antibiotics help!

I give my guys flossies every night. We have not had anything like that happen. I will keep an eye out for it though!





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Linda, Not all dogs get sick or have trouble with these things as my Vet said "Just the lucky ones" her sense of humor was like that.

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That's my Rico....anything that can, will.


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Oh, dear, Sophie loves her bully stick.Hasn't bothered her, but I think I'll buy a nice new clean one today! Cesar Milan loves them for training, so they can't be all bad.

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Geez, you need to buy a clean one? Rico eats one in under an hour! Each night, that's his ritual....he starts around 9:00PM when I sit down to watch TV. He wants to chew his bully. He can eat through a Floosie in 5 minutes!

DH thinks this is great as we'll save about $1,500 per year in flossie/bully stick costs without giving these out each night to the two dogs. Too bad I just ordered a carton of 100!!


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