Dog skin rash on groin, paws, back legs and belly
(Barrhead, Alberta, Canada)
Starting in January our 3 yr old shih tzu has developed a skin rash on his groin area and paws, it is down his back legs and onto his belly. The area hardly has any hair left from licking and us removing the matted fur.
We have tried a hypo allergenic food and treats and the rash continues, we have tried udder balm, olive oil, an oatmeal bath, baking soda bath, and we always use baby shampoo on him. The vet gave him a antibiotic and and an antihistamine which helped for a while but symptoms came back after the prescription was up. The oatmeal bath helped to for a couple days as well.
He always wants to lick his belly and paws. The rash is red skin with dark red spots, you can tell he is uncomfortable... We used to give him hamburger and rice cause he is kind of sensitive and would throw up and get diarrhea sometimes - that's why he is on the hypo diet. We have eliminated the hamburger and rice to see if it helps, but rash is as bad as ever.
He is an inside dog, and our house is always very clean. He does go outside to a fenced yard with grass but spends most time inside. There are no other pets in the house.
We are at odds as to what to do for him.
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