I have decided I absolutely knew what Murray's skin issues were...many times They began from the time he was 8 weeks old and continue to this day. Right now I have settled on a very slight case of Demodex Mange. It sounds awful, I know. It's not contagious and it is manageable. For Murray, it amounts to occasional red bumps that appear down his spine, clustering on his butt end above his tail. The worst bumps basically look like big pimples or boils, but most look very much like black heads on humans. With cleansing and air exposure (after we clip him and trim back the thick fur) they mostly scab up and go away until the next bout shows up. Our vet tries to convince me it's some kind of allergy, and it very well may be. I just keep thinking about how young he was when it showed up, what it looks like in comparison to photos of mange I have seen, and the fact that we cannot find a trigger to point to an allergy. For a short time a shampoo with sulfur helped clear things up, but low and behold, Murray IS allergic to sulfur. It makes him very ill. We have started a regimin of regular clippings and bathings with fresh, natural shampoo with oatmeal and almond oil. I feed him a daily fish oil pill and make sure we're choosing high quality, grain free food. An occasional wipe down of his fur on his back with a little peroxide seems to keep things a bit more under control too. Let me end by saying thankfully this has never seemed to bother him. I think it bothers me more than him! I would love to cure this, but in the meantime I am learning to manage it. Warning: Photo of the "skin issue" below. If anyone recognizes this or has any insight, please share.
You got rid of that tree. Now I can reach my toy box!