Open wound on dog with skin rash
by Kathy Velasquez
(San Diego, CA, USA)
My dog started losing his hair maybe 3 days ago. I saw a small rash but now it has grown to a large open wound. There is still skin around it but there is blood and a small amount of pus near the center. It progressed very fast and I'm not sure if its because he scratched it a lot or if the bacteria is acting very quickly.
He looks uncomfortable but does not seem to be in a lot of pain. He has stopped scratching it but is very uncomfortable with it.
Most of this issue is on his back towards his tail. We see a small rash near his rectum and I also found one underneath his left arm (arm pit area).
I am not sure what may have caused this. I have been taking him walking with me to a manmade lake which may have introduced him to new bugs or germs of some sort. Also, our other pit bull has a skin rash about a month ago but never got bloody. His rash was mostly very dry skin. This dog has an open bloody wound.
I also feel very guilty about the lack of grooming. I groom him about once a week, not daily like he should. He is about a year old. A chow and lab mix I was told.
I am asking for any at home fix that we could use. We cannot afford the complete veterinary care right now.
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