Dog Bald Spot After Rabies Vaccine
Dog bald spot on his upper right shoulder where the rabies vaccine was administered
My 9 month old toy poodle received a rabies vaccination 2 months ago and now has developed a bald spot the size of a half-dollar at the injection site. Feeling around the spot, it is slightly raised and hard, and the skin feels rough and is turning darker. I noticed the baldness a week ago when brushing him.
After conducting much on-line research and reading poodle forum information, I believe he has rabies vaccine-induced alopecia. It also may be ischemic dermatopathy, but I don't know the difference between those two, or if they are even the same thing. So far, the only place he has a bald spot is at the injection site.
My dog is fed a species appropriate diet of raw meat, organs, bones and a small amount of veggies/fruit, an occasional egg, raw goats milk, and green tripe.
He has only been minimally vaccinated (puppy shots only included parvovirus and distemper), and I tried to hold off as long as possible with his rabies shot (6 months old).
He is an extremely healthy, vibrant, energetic little dog and I do my best to make sure he stays that way.
I am VERY upset that he has had this reaction to the rabies vaccine, although I knew it was possible. I subscribe to Dogs Naturally Magazine and The Whole Dog Journal and devour that information and want to treat my dog holistically.
We are currently traveling by RV, so the only way to find a vet is to look in the yellow pages...yikes!
My question is.....what can I use to treat this? Will this develop into something more serious that I should look out for?
I do NOT want to use any steroid drugs, and would only do so as a last resort. Or, maybe I don't need to do anything and it will eventually resolve itself.
I sincerely hope his fur will grow back in this spot. I am currently rubbing coconut oil on it, and plan to get some fish oil supplements as soon as we get to a town that sells them.
Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to receiving your response.
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