Desperate for answers for my little one

Tinyshiba

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Greetings good humans,
I have a 6 year old Shiba Inu daughter. She is having some issues which are greatly concerning to me. I am getting desperate because I feel her vet may be misdiagnosing her and making it worse. I have attempted to get her an appointment with an allergy and dermatology specialist for pooches as of today. I was on a two week trip to Belgium and little Iko was staying with my mother she did not see the progression as iko Does not let anyone but me give her belly rubs so as soon as I got back I saw the progression and panicked.

Now I will explain her “situation”
Starting a few months ago she began developing two growths over her private parts they look like tumors or cysts but don’t appear to be either she had a biopsy and it stated no cancer.

Throughout this time she has been licking her private’s very often as if it feels irritated or itchy. As time went on the growths began getting darker. A few weeks ago she began having red spots on her abdomen close to her privates and I took her to her vet again and he gave her an injection of cytopoint 20mg and apoquel 3.6mg tablets.

Then I had to go on my trip and she had one follow up I asked my mother to take her for. It was supposed to be a follow up to see if the cytopoint was helping it turned out it did not help at all and she had began developing a large red spot on her abdomen the vet was more worried about so on that appointment which I was out of town for he started her on Prednisone 5mg daily for 4 days with a taper down over a few weeks she was on the prednisone 10 days tops when I got home several days ago and saw how bad it got since she got on the prednisone.

I will attach photos the growths on her privates have turned pitch black like completely very dark black unlike before and a large portion of her abdomen has become very dark as if it’s bruised and she has a few red spots directly above her privates it will all be visible in the photos. I am hoping someone on here will know what it is at least or will be able to give me some suggestions on what to do I am taking her back to her regular vet Saturday but as I stated I am working on getting her appointments with some specialists because I have not had much luck with her vet. She still licks the area frequently but she shows absolutely no signs of being in any pain her behavior is still normal and she’s even playful still at times and her appetite has remained good. She shows no other signs or symptoms besides maybe an overactive anal gland but I doubt that’s related.
 

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CatMom1994

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Jul 23, 2017
Welcome to the forum.

The problem is Cytopoint. Iko is very lucky she never got sick after receiving that injection. Of course your vet will never admit that drug causes all kinds of problems including this one because he/she administers it. Bring a copy of Iko's medical records with you to avoid the stress and cost of repeating relevant tests and treatments during the appointment. Good luck.
 

TTouch

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Apr 20, 2021
So what did the vet say that the tumours have got to do with 'allergies'? As I am not sure if your vet has given you the impression these tumours are/could be 'allergies' or you yourself have come to that conclusion

I have added some 'notes' that may or may not have the answers for those but worth reading as the more information you know the better you can understand https://www.gracepets.com/storage/app/media/_learning/68678tumors-uterine-vaginal-uterus-leiomyoma-polyp-genital.pdf

We'trust' in our vets to be knowledgable and professional to do the best for our pets however you already have lost faith in this vet and you should listen to your gut, my advice is find another vet for your dog and one that is not out to spend your money trying this drug or that drug to 'see what works' or not as the reality is your dog should not be on any drug at all until you KNOW what you are dealing with...... as for some reason the vet you have seen now first gives Cytopoint which is a drug that supposed to be the 'new' wonder drug to cover up 'allergies' , very expensive , so a great option for the vets to use as they makes huge profits from this drug and ( from what I can research) has had very little testing before getting ont the Vet Medicine Board lists so is being in effect it is being tested on pets some claiming great results, for the first/second injection and then serious health results or death or the reaction is kicking in within hours, days, weeks of first getting it and now is precribing Prednisone which 'treat' severe allergic reactions however can also cause severe allergic reactions .... and a build up of different drugs in her system can also cause your dog problems
 

CatMom1994

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Jul 23, 2017
I agree with Touch. Prescribing drugs just to see what works actually causes more confusion because patients suffer side effects of medications a vet tried without knowing if it is the solution. Also, there are natural ways to treat allergies (assuming Iko does not have a tumor) that do not cause lethargy and digestive system problems. Only a holistic vet will suggest them unless you do some research and ask questions.
 

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May 13, 2021
From what others have experienced I would overall avoid Cytopoint . I would recommend getting a second vet opinion for serious things like this. I hope all turns out well
 


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