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He has bumble all over his body and his skin from neck looks stretched

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The presence of excessive itching and fleas or ticks suggests that a parasitic infestation could be contributing to his discomfort. Fleas, in particular, can cause an allergic reaction known as flea allergy dermatitis, which can lead to severe itching and skin changes.

The widespread distribution of skin problems across the body, including the underbelly, chest, back legs, armpits, neck, paws, face, muzzle, back, and head, points to a systemic or multi-factorial issue. This could be due to allergies (environmental or food-related), infections (bacterial or fungal), or even hormonal imbalances that affect the skin.

Given that you've been using a flea shampoo as a preventative measure, it's important to consider that some dogs may have a reaction to topical products, which can exacerbate skin issues. Additionally, the lack of recent vaccinations and the absence of a comprehensive flea and tick prevention strategy could leave your dog more vulnerable to parasitic diseases and secondary infections.

Difficulty in breathing, if observed, is particularly concerning and could be a sign of a severe allergic reaction, respiratory issue, or even systemic disease. If this symptom is prominent and persistent, it would warrant immediate veterinary attention.

At home, you can take several steps to provide some relief and gather more information for your vet:

1. Bathe your dog with a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo to soothe the skin. Be cautious with the use of flea shampoos, as they can sometimes be irritating.
4. Ensure your dog's bedding and living areas are clean and free from potential allergens or irritants.
5. Monitor your dog's breathing closely. If you notice any further difficulty, increased effort, or changes in gum color (pale or blue), these are signs that your dog needs immediate veterinary care.
6. Observe and document any changes in your dog's behavior, appetite, or the appearance of his skin and bumps, as this information will be valuable to your vet.

If your dog's condition worsens, he develops new symptoms, or if you notice any signs of infection (such as pus, redness, or a foul odor), these are indications that you should seek veterinary care promptly.

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