Itchy Red Rash on Dog's Belly, Neck & Armpits & Hot Spots on Ears
Dog Belly Rash
For the last 6-9 months, my dog Jelly has had an itchy red rash on her neck, belly, and armpits that varies in severity. There is also a little bit around her mouth. Sometimes she is just a little pink, sometimes she is deep red with open sores from constant scratching.
I am thinking this may be an environmental allergy.
We live in a house in Washington, DC with 4 other people and 1 other dog. We moved here from Indiana a year ago. The itchiness started in my old apartment 6-9 mo ago, where I lived with one other person and a cat. I thought it was the cat, but her condition has not improved since we moved.
Strangely enough, her skin gets better when we get out of DC, it seems. When I visit family in Virginia and North Carolina she seems better and less red.
The armpits have darkened skin around them that I thought was dirt until it never went away. These pictures are actually after a trip to Virginia, so the symptoms are usually more severe and red.
I have tried baths, grooming, and changing food. I have also taken her to the vet twice to no avail - both times they recommended a low-ingredient diet with a novel protein (which she already eats - Natural Balance potato and duck) and gave me expensive antibiotics and steroids that seemed to help slightly but never really worked. She has also been taking salmon oil capsules with food and that doesn't help much either.
Jelly is a four year old pit mix.
Coleman and Jelly
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