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Dog Belly and Leg Fold Rash

by Jim & Deb
(Grand Rapids, MI, USA)

Our dog has developed a rash on his belly. It started about 8 weeks ago, and we gave him prednisone which seemed to clear it up in a few days. But this time it seems worse than last time… it is covering his entire belly and his leg fold areas. He doesn’t seem bothered by these rashes… he doesn’t scratch at them or lick them.

Our four year old male American bulldog has had all of his vaccinations, is not on any meds, is in good health and is active. His diet has not changed, he gets Nutro Max dry food and Pedigree wet food (mixed together in the morning) and he hydrates well.

He sometimes lays outside in the red cedar wood chips in our back yard, and he and our other dog (a 7 yr old female American bulldog (she’s 7yrs) with no rashes) go in the creek (there are ducks in the creek area, for what it’s worth) and on their walk together.

We have had both dogs since they were pups. They are not "outside" dogs, and they are inside more than out. They will, on occasion, get a table scrap, but not very often. They also get their afternoon "snack" which is one cup of the dry food and half of a cup of Moist and Meaty.

We have read some of the advice in your website but would like your opinion and any advice you could give us.

Thank you,

Jim & Deb

Comments for Dog Belly and Leg Fold Rash

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Sep 19, 2010
(From a fellow subscriber, NOT a veterinarian from Organic Pet Digest's My Online Vet)
by: Jeri

I would ditch the Moist and Meaty, the Nutro Max, and the Pedigree. This food will keep a dog alive, but not healthy.

They are convenience foods for people. Dogs are carnivores and need to be fed a species appropriate diet. Their teeth are meant to rip and tear meat and eat bones. Diet is the foundation of health, we must begin there.

Second, no more vaccines, ever. Your dogs have had had more than enough vaccines. Much chronic disease has it's roots in vaccines. You can try putting some aloe vera gel right from the plant on the red spots, some Rescue Remedy cream, or Calendula cream.

Your vet will most likely prescribe some sort of suppressive drug which will drive these symptoms, that want to come out, further into the body affecting another body system(s) sooner or later.

Please get your guys on a raw diet!

Sep 19, 2010
My Online Vet Response for Dog Belly and Leg Fold Rash
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Jim & Deb,
Your dog's rash appears to be superficial pyoderma. This is usually caused by a Staph infection. Bacterial infections are not itchy like allergies, but the prednisone would have 'temporarily' reduced some of the surrounding inflammation and redness and made it appear to help, but the bacteria still remain.

As one of our subscribers, Jeri, has jumped in and pointed out, giving conventional drugs are not the long term solution to this problem. Check out this page on dog skin conditions which will go into more details regarding over-vaccination, dry food hazards, etc.

A holistic approach to treatment would be to treat the whole patient. That is why diet, non-toxic flea control, environmental factors, mental and emotional stability are so important. In the meantime, while you are searching for a holistic veterinarian, you can use Baby Shampoo to bathe his underside 1-2 times per week.

Keeping this area clean and dry is very important towards reducing the bacterial load in the skin (bacteria are normally found on the skin, but in his case his vital force has been weakened and that is why he is expressing his 'disease' in this manner). Since he is not scratching or itching, I would not apply anything topical to the area, just keep him clean.

Feeding 2 times daily is better. And a raw diet is very nutritional and will really help boost his immune system. You can start by adding 1-2 TBSP of raw chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb to his meals two times daily. NO RAW PORK OR RAW FISH.

A holistic vet will help you determine a balanced raw diet for him, and the appropriate supplements to use in conjunction with homeopathic remedies to get him on the road to a healthy skin, and overall good health.

Exercise him (both of them!) two times daily by taking them out for walks. Fresh air and sunlight are also good for mental and emotional health for humans and dogs!

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

Related Pages:
- Dog Skin Conditions,
- Dog Skin Rash,
- Dog Skin Allergies,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Skin Rashes, Marks, Spots, Lesions & Patches (including itchy skin and mange) Section

Mar 22, 2013
Tea tree oil
by: RDHswissieMom

My young Greater Swiss Mt. Dog continues to get this redness occassionally. She does partial raw diet and grain free dry. I've been applying a mix of Curel cream with Tea tree oil mixed in. Clears it up,almost overnight with one application. Still very stumped as to why she gets it all. Doesn't lay out in grass. I almost think it may be fungal in origin from the extra skin,that creates a fold of skin of her belly (had one litter of pups, a little bit saggy) as I notice sometimes it feels damp on her bare belly.

Apr 04, 2013
Contact dermatitis and cedar chips
by: Anonymous

Our puppies have been having a persistent rash like that, drove them crazy itching. Vet tried antibiotics, food change, I tried witch hazel with tea tree oil. Tried revolution for mites. Finally figured out, it was the cedar chips they'd been laying in in our backyard. Removed the chips, rash disappeared.

Jun 15, 2015
red cedar chips NEW
by: Anonymous

Greetings! Excellent site amd I plan on subscribing.
While this thfead is older, for what it's worth, thought I might add: if the red cedar chips referred to are indeed 'red mulch", this is toxic to dogs.
Bright blessings and happy, healthy, tails!

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