Dog's inner thigh skin problem
by D McCrae
(Victoria, BC CANADA)
Inner thigh irritation is red and seems hot to touch at times
My Siberian Husky cross has developed a problem on his inner thigh. The skin area is basically void of hair but seems to get hot, possibly from him laying around quite a bit. He seems to lick this area constantly and, when I examine it, I notice there are splotches that are redder than the rest. These spots seem a bit raised with no particular shape (not rings or anything like that).
This morning I covered the area with Betadine which he immediately licked off, but it does seem better, not as irritated and he's not licking at it. I'm wondering if I continue with this if that will ease the problem to the point it will disappear.
I also gave him a 'trammeel' tablet this am to ease the inflammation and think this may have helped.
Jack is an active dog but does hang around the house quite a bit too. I wondered at first if it was boredom and tried to distract him with knuckle bones. He loves the bones, but often just goes back to his licking after cleaning off the bone.
While Jack's problem is not severe, I would like to clear it up before he breaks the skin with all his licking. Jack licks at the other leg as well, but fortunately it is not critical.
About two months ago I used Vetericyn spray (the Cesar Milan product) for a hot spot on one of Jack's paws between his toes. I had to spray often and keep it covered with a sock to prevent him from licking it, but the sore did go away after a couple of weeks.
Yesterday Jack went to a groomer to have his winter coat removed, I'm wondering if the shampoo/soap might have aggravated his inner thigh issue. That's why I applied the betadine this am, and, as I mentioned it helped quite a lot.
Can you comment and suggest any other treatments that I might use?
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