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Rash on belly & down legs & under front leg armpits

by Chris Gibson
(Beulah, CO USA)

Rash on belly & down legs & under front leg armpits...

Boomer's approx. 10 months old, lab/pit mix, rescue dog, 67.1 pounds, we've had him since he was approx. 8 weeks. He has been very healthy.

We noticed a couple red spots by his privates on Thurs (6/3) of last week. By Sunday, I looked at him and it had spread down both hind legs.

The spots looked different, and larger, but it hasn't really bothered him as far as licking it, but that is what made me look at him on Sunday.

I took him to the vet on Monday, she gave him some antibiotics which I have not given him yet. I can't find much info on the drug, Cephalexin 500mg, for bacteria is all I can find. The vet prescribed 2 pills to be taken twice a day for three weeks and told me to give him 50mg of Benadryl for the itch every 8-12 hours.

I'm all about natural stuff and would like to have another opinion of what it is and any alternative treatment. I would also like your opinion about whether we should move forward with what our vet prescribed.

The only other thing I can think of is I feed my dogs Iams, I ran out of puppy food which was also Iams, and have I switched him over to adult food. That's the only change as far as his diet is concerned.

I have given him Benedryl a couple times, and sprayed him with Colloidial Silver tonight.

I'm very much looking forward to your opinion & thanks for your time.

Chris & Boomer

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Jun 10, 2010
My Online Vet Response to Rash on belly & down legs & under front armpits
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Chris,
From the photo you sent of Boomer, the 'rash' appears to be raised welts. This would be more of an allergic reaction, not a bacterial infection.

He may possibly have a food allergy, as you mentioned you had changed his diet. A contact allergy would cause him to have the welts along his underside, as you showed in the photo, so it would be to something he is laying on. Even a laundry detergent that is used to wash his bedding could produce an allergic reaction.

Also, grass, weeds, fertilizer or pesticide that is on the grass outside can cause an allergic reaction. There have even been cases of dogs allergic to synthetic carpet.

I do not think that the antibiotic would be effective. Certainly bathing him in a hypoallergenic shampoo, such as baby shampoo, one to two times per week would help to give him some relief topically.

The Benedryl (an anti-histamine), might provide some relief, but has side effects of making him drowsy. There are many homeopathic remedies that would be effective, without side effects, but you need to find a veterinarian that practices homeopathy to choose the most effective remedy.

Providing him with a diet that contains more moisture, such as a canned or raw diet, would be beneficial. Feeding him a simple "Dog Allergy" diet, such as that recommended in Dr Richard Pitcairn's book, Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, would be a start in the right direction. A 'hypo allergenic diet' would need to be fed for a minimum of 3-6 weeks before you would start to see an improvement.

Tracking down the cause of the allergic reaction would also be a good idea. For example, did this start after a vaccination? There are other questions that might need to be answered, and a holistic veterinarian would be helpful so that he/she can also examine Boomer and give you more specific recommendations.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Dec 20, 2011
Rash unjder front legs
by: Kitty

We have a miniature Pit and she has the same rash. Her's is more in the right front armpit. The antibiotic the vet gave is same; however did not help LuLu. The only medication that completely cleared it up was a round of Predisone. Then after a few months it came back. We can't figure out what she is allergic to. Hope this will help.

May 30, 2012
rash on pit/lab stomach & legs

our lab/pit is chocolate but her rash is stubborn ..on her lady parts & stomach /legs . no antibiotics work nor did corn starch or desitin or ointments prescribed. i was recently told about vinegar & water both topical and in food. hope it works ... iams has corn meal & wheat too both cause allergies and skin problems ... try natures recipe at petsmart cause the cost about the same but natures recipe is free of corn & wheat & by-products ... a wayyyyy better food . good luck

Jul 12, 2013
by: Anonymous

I have lab who got zit like looking rash under legs, I had put down round- up around my landscaping. I think dog might have got some on him.

May 11, 2015
Belly rash down on hind legs
by: momule1213

Hi Well I got a Boston Bull,American bull dog/pit
and she has allergic problems since I have had her, she had this rash last year during the summer, and now has it again. Any by the looks of the breeds that are having the same problem with their dogs is due to the breed. And will let everyone know DO NOT give your dogs anything with milk or even a trace amount of chocolate they are highly allergic to it. And beware of wheat being the top 7 ingredients in the dog food. And this does include science diet and the rest of the better brands of dog food. And if your like me I cant afford 100.00 a month on dog food either. I have been using Alpo prime cuts and she does good on it. My dog is now in heat and shes short bodied and slobbers lol trying to stay clean and she does darn good to lol but i am wondering if her belly isnt also chapped skin, I did put Hemp oil on her 2 days ago and her skin looks much better, it isnt expensive either and very good for them inside and out, doesnt smell the greatest but it worked, if you get a bacterial infection under the arms and legs use coconut oil , food department, and it has no order and again is very good for them also i give everyday fish oil two times 1000mg she has a beautiful coat. Well back to the drawing bag 0for me lol shes at least 60 to 70 lbs but is the best dog i have owned.

Aug 21, 2015
rash NEW
by: Anonymous

My labradoodle started with the rash and discoloration on the abdomen and spread tp inside of legs and on back. The vet gave him Cephlosporin and he had side effect of abd discomfort and was not eating. Changed his food to Taste of the Wild from Chicken Soup.He still has the rash and now is behind his ears and has warty rash on the sides of his face. Unsure what to try now.

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