Lesions On Miniature Australian Shepherd's Lips

by Courtnie
(Carson City, NV)

Hello, I have a 10-year-old Mini Australian Shepherd (Maya). In early August she had a raised red bump on her nose/upper lip that turned into about 5-6 more bumps. They are red, inflamed but don't ooze or pop. I took her to the vet and he did a fine needle aspiration and said that he got nothing but blood from them and didn't see anything suspect under a microscope. He prescribed her a low dose of prednisone for 2 weeks and then I had a follow up appointment.

When I went back 3 weeks later, the lesions had gone down substantially but you could still see a couple in their late stages. The vet was very surprised that she still had any present because the prednisone "should have zapped them immediately."

This made me think that maybe the prednisone didn't do anything and they had healed on their own? Anyways, they went away completely and she was free of them for about 4 weeks. Now they have come back and are worse this time.

Has anyone seen this and have an idea what it is and how I can help her? They don't seem to bother her too much, she is eating and drinking normally. She doesn't really want me to touch them but I don't blame her.


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