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Dog belly rash after being spayed

by Jordan

My dog has this rash on her belly (see photo). She was spayed about a month ago and you can see where she was shorn.

She's a rescue, about 19 months old, and I just got her a few weeks ago. My friend noticed the rash on her belly two days ago. Otherwise, she seems to be perfectly healthy.



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Sep 17, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Dog Belly Rash after being spayed
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Jordan,
From the photo it appears to be a superficial pyoderma, or mild dermatitis. This is not uncommon after a stress to the system, such as a major surgery. And if she was vaccinated at the same time as she had her surgery, this would also stress her immune system, resulting in a bacterial infection of her skin.

This area of her skin, along the mid-line, should be cleaned with a mild shampoo such as baby shampoo. Rinse and dry well. DO NOT apply anything topical to the rash, as this will give her a tendency to lick the area which will delay healing. The area will need to be cleaned once daily for 7-10 days.

She should also be on a good quality diet. See our page on the best dog food choices.

Ideally, a visit to a holistic veterinarian will help to guide you in treating her, especially if she is NOT healing, and perhaps has a compromised immune system. A holistic veterinarian can use homeopathic remedies to treat 'vaccinosis', supplements to boost her immune system, and other more natural methods to help her heal.

Treatment by a conventional veterinarian would include antibiotics and possibly steroids, which are not intended to promote a healthy immune system at all.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Oct 03, 2011
by: Jordan

Thanks Dr. Tillman, the rash cleared up after a few days!

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