Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

She Thought Her Dog Had Bug Bites – Then She Realized The Scary Truth.

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Whether they're puppies or fully grown, we tend to look at our dogs as children. We love them, care for them, and feed them. But sadly, we can't keep an eye on them every minute of every hour, so they can get hurt while they're out and about. Sometimes the injuries are minor like a bug bite here a tiny scratch there, but other times, the injury is more serious as one Indiana woman learned.

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The Howard family from Seymour, Indiana consists of 24-year-old Hayden, his son, Noah, and Jackson, an English Mastiff. Jackson isn't just a pet. He's a part of the Howard family. Like most dogs, he loves to play in the yard and spend time with his human family. But one day, on April 2017, something unbelievable occurred to Hayden and Noah's beloved English Mastiff.

The Mysterious Marks

The Mysterious Marks

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Jackson had been roaming through the garden all weekend, but something caught Kayden's attention. It seemed that Jackson had several odd marks on his body. But while Hayden was worried, Jackson didn't appear to be in any discomfort, so she let the dog go about his day. However, she couldn't stop wondering what those marks on his body were.

Those Pesky Bug Bites

Those Pesky Bug Bites

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This wasn't the first time Hayden had seen marks like these on Jackson, and usually they were just bug bites, which is fairly common when a dog spends time outdoors. So, she decided to wait and see if the bug bites would go away on their own. But they didn't. In fact, they got worse and it was worrying Hayden. What if those bug bites weren't really bug bites at all?

Something Was Off

Something Was Off

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Although Jackson didn't seem to be in any pain, Hayden was beginning to second guess her theory that the marks were bug bite related. So, she pushed through his fur to get a closer look at the marks and what she saw chilled her to the bone. Those raised bumps weren't bug bites at all. But she still didn't know what to make of them either. So, she was hoping the vet would tell her what those were.

Checking With A Vet

Checking With A Vet

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When Hayden arrived at the Seymour Animal Hospital, Dr. Steve Sunbury was happy to receive her and her dog Jackson. But when the doctor examined the dog's marks, he got very worried. It turns out that Hayden was right. Those marks weren't caused by any bug, but he didn't not what caused it for sure. Fortunately, he had some idea. But was he on the right track?

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