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My dog has these spots and is itchy. Vet doesn’t know what it is

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Around February my dog began to itch and get spots only 3 weeks after getting his vaccine shots. The last time he got shots was when he was a puppy. He’s a 6 year old puggle who’s never had fleas or any medical issue which leaves me to believe that’s that reason why.

I took him to the vet April 2nd because it wasn’t getting better and they wanted to start with $1600... I’m a college student and I don’t have that kind of cash and I told them there has to be something else we can try and they suggested to shave him and put a fungal shampoo and painkillers and topical spray. All together charged me $600 which I’m still paying it off until now.

its now June and he’s still not getting better I’m leaning towards taking him to the vet and taking out a loan. If anyone here can help me with what he has so I can skip the vet that would be awesome. I love him so much and I don’t want anything to happen to him. I asked my parents for cash but they refuse to spent that kind of money on an animal.


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By continuing, you acknowledge that you are 18+ years of age." so I'm gonna have to pass on that...

Pugs are notorious for developing skin problems. How to treat it depends on what's causing it (allergies, infection, mange, acne, ringworm, bug bites, autoimmune issues, etc). I'd think the first step would be having a vet do a skin scrape/hair pluck analysis to narrow things down.
This may sound exotic, but before you go further in debt to the general practitioner vet, you might check and see if there's a veterinary dermatologist in your area. One of my dogs had a very strange increasing bald spot on her butt a couple of years ago. After testing for usual things like mange, the regular vet admitted he was baffled, so I took her a doggie skin specialist. She never identified the problem for sure (tests were prohibitively expensive), but after a couple of didn't-work tries, she got it cleared up.
I'd think that taking him to another vet would be a good idea. If that vet also can't diagnose the issue, then asking for a referral to a dermatologist and/or vet school would be a good idea.
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