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Pinkish to Slightly Red Rash Under Dog Armpits

by Adam
(Tijeras, New Mexico, USA)





Today we noticed that our dog Molly has a pinkish to slightly red rash under both armpits. The rash appears flat with no papules, vesicles, streaking or raised areas.


There is no sign of bite, fleas, or ticks. There is no discharge or odor. The area is not hot to the touch. The temperature at her armpits is the same as her groin; which has no rash. The rash is similar on both sides.

We discontinued using a harness approximately 3-4 weeks ago as it was getting snug from her growth. She has been using a standard collar since.

Molly has not been licking, scratching or biting the area affected.

She is bathed once a month with I Love Pet Head.

Molly is a six month old Merle Great Dane. She is up to date on all her vaccinations with no recent vaccinations given. She is primarily an indoor dog with no recent interactions with other dogs. The only other animal in the house is an 8 year old male tabby with no known existing medical problems.

Molly lives in New Mexico at an elevation of 7,300 feet. She has not been exposed to any new vegetation or wildlife.

Molly eats (Natures Balance). She is fed two cups in the morning, one cup in the afternoon and one cup in the evening with no change in eating habits. She is given occasional treats made by (Zukes) and all other treats given are made in The U.S.A. She is urinating normally with no discharge, odor, change in color or frequency. She is moving her bowels normally with no diarrhea, change in frequency or color.

Molly's mood is unchanged. She is happy, energetic, playful and obeys commands given to her that she has learned.

Please see attached photos for more information. I included a picture of Molly when she was wearing her harness that we discontinued. It seems almost like a contact dermatitis. Would love any guidance you can offer to include treatment.

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Jan 08, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Pinkish to Slightly Red Rash Under Dog Armpits
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Adam,
Molly looks like she has taken over your household! Can't wait to see how she will look when she is FULL grown!

From the photos and the very thorough background history that you submitted, (thank you), I am suspicious that this 'rash' is a superficial pyoderma, due to bacteria, common in skin fold areas. The harness that you stopped 3-4 weeks ago, *may* have started some irritation, but from the picture of Molly wearing her harness, I am unable to tell from the photo if it is actually in contact with her armpit area.

Treatment for superficial pyoderma is as follows:
1. Clean with a mild soap such as a Baby shampoo, ONE time daily in her armpit area, (you do not have to give her an entire bath!) Rinse and dry well.
2. Continue to clean the area one time daily for 5 days, then 2 times per week for 2 weeks to completely clear it up.
3. Diet should be MORE than just dry food. The skin needs to have an internal source of moisture, therefore consider adding in some 'canned' Nature's Balance to the dry, and/or consider adding in some RAW diet to her food. Considering her size, it might be cost prohibitive to have her on a totally RAW diet!!

See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options, http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/10-best-dog-food-options.html.

4. Vaccinations are a MAJOR cause of stress to the system. At 6 months old, she has now completed ALL of the 'series' of Puppy vaccinations that breeders, and veterinarians give to a dog. As a Giant Breed dog, she is still growing and will not reach her full maturity until she is 2 1/2 years of age. Therefore, all of these vaccines have been given to her BEFORE her immune system has had a chance to mature! And have triggered a weakness in her immune system, the first symptom showing up here on her skin.

If the skin rash/pyoderma, does not clear up in the next 3 weeks, then I suggest treatment by a holistic veterinarian, for 'vaccinosis' and avoiding further vaccines until she is 3 years of age, (or consider antibody titers!) might be prudent.

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 09, 2013
Fish oil for rash
by: Anonymous

Try one capsule of fish oil for a month. Cleared my dog's skin rash.

Jan 12, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Pinkish to Slightly Red Rash Under Dog Armpits
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Adam,
The anonymous suggestion to try fish oil capsules is a good one. Supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids are another good way to moisturize the skin 'from the inside'.

One capsule 1,000 mg per day would be a low dose for your growing Great Dane. But it would be better to start with a low dose and work your way up higher (you could go up to 3,000 mg per day).

Please keep us posted.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Skin Rashes, Marks, Spots, Lesions & Patches (including itchy skin and mange) Section,


DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

Oct 04, 2013
Hot Spots
by: Anonymous

Our shepherd had sensitivities. Soak them for about 5 minutes 3 (or more) times a day with a steeped tea bag (earl grey, tetley, whatever). It cleared up within 3 weeks both times it happened to our dog

Jul 31, 2015
RE: Red Rash Under Dog Armpits NEW
by: Ophelia

My 2 yr old male daschund has developed a red rash under his is arms. He does not scratch or lick the area and the rash doesn't not appear anywhere else. There has been no change to his diet besides a small decrease in the amount of food he is given since he is a few pounds over weight. I tried giving him a bath and cleaning the area but the rash has not gone away. Any ideas as to what this rash could be and how to treat it?

Ophelia Balan
International living

Aug 10, 2015
Red rashes on 3 years female pug armpits NEW
by: Anonymous

My pug developed these red rashes two weeks back !! She has been on antibiotics injections, skin ointments and anti allergy injections by the vet. But it has become bad to worse!! I gave her bath with benzoyl peroxide shampoo once a week !! She has been eating chicken rice n curd even since she was born !! However Delhi is experiencing rains n it is humid here too but we keep air conditioning on most of the time!! I am so worried!! What should I do ???

Aug 10, 2015
Red rashes on 3 years female pug armpits NEW
by: Vinita

My pug developed these red rashes two weeks back !! She has been on antibiotics injections, skin ointments and anti allergy injections by the vet. But it has become bad to worse!! I gave her bath with benzoyl peroxide shampoo once a week !! She has been eating chicken rice n curd even since she was born !! However Delhi is experiencing rains n it is humid here too but we keep air conditioning on most of the time!! I am so worried!! What should I do ??? Pls anyone suggest!!

Aug 18, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Pinkish to Slightly Red Rash Under Dog Armpits NEW
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

August 18, 2015

Hi Vinita,
Thanks for your question. I'm happy to help, but we only accept new questions from subscribers (the original question above was from a subscriber). Also, I no longer am the consulting veterinarian for Organic Pet Digest.

Hopefully, there is a holistic veterinarian in India that is located close to you, that could treat your dog with homeopathic remedies.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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