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Rash on dog's belly, bottom and genital area with scabbing and hair loss

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Our dog Maya has had itching and a patchy rash slowly develop over the past few weeks. She has lost hair on parts of her belly and a large patch on her bottom - shown in pictures above. She has scabbing and redness around her nipples and around the genital area as well.

The scabs peel off easily, and there is no bleeding or seeping from the sores. She has had eye redness intermittently over the past week or so that I've noticed. She has itched and chewed/licked the areas, especially on the bum.

She had a similar rash a couple of months ago that seemed to go away on its own, but it may have just calmed down and come back. Some of them seemed to be in a oblong ring shape at the time (a few months ago), but did not seem like ringworm.

She is a purebred Newfoundland dog and just turned 1 year old on Tuesday. She was bought from a breeder at 8 weeks old.

She is up-to-date on all vaccinations from our local vet clinic. Some of the vaccines were delayed up to 2 months. She just had her first dose of K9 Advantix on 6/16/12. She is not using Heartguard yet.

She is outdoors quite a bit in different environments in Massachusetts. We live in an urban area but take her to woods and fields frequently, sometimes camping overnight.

She has had great energy all along, but for some reason she has weaned herself down to 2 meals a day for the past 2 months, whereas she used to eat 3 times a day. She only has about 1-2 bowel movements a day. She eats Innova Large Breed Dog Food - About 2 large cups a day now. She switched to this from the Innova Large Breed Puppy food at about 8 months old. The only other thing she eats is organic training treats and some occasional banana or celery.

She had 3-4 tick bites about 3 months ago. We pulled a couple off that were completely engorged and have kept the ticks in a jar since. We were not using any flea/tick protection at that time.

We do not give any supplements and she is not exposed to any chemicals that we are aware of, as we don't use any in the home. I looked at the pictures from other posters and it just didn't quite look like any of those.

The only other medical problem she's had was a result of her swallowing some wood chips. She has blood in the stool and vomited wood chips. This was at least 4-5 months ago and she recovered from this quickly after some antidiarrheal medication and lots of fluids.

I appreciate any advice you can offer!

Thanks,
Lindsay T.

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Jul 06, 2012
My Online Vet Response For: Rash on dog's belly, bottom and genital area with scabbing and hair loss
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Lindsay,
Purebred Newfoundland dogs are not full grown until about 2 years of age. You wrote, "She only turned one year old last Tuesday", therefore, she should still be eating Puppy food.

The photos you took are not too clear, but from your description of the skin lesions, her decrease appetite, and redness of eyes, I am concerned that she may have an underlying condition. It may be nutritional, such as zinc or protein deficiency, or just too much dry food and not enough moisture in the diet.

I would advise a full blood panel, including heartworm test, fecal and Lyme titer. You can also submit the ticks that you saved into the lab for identification and analysis to check if they carry the bacteria Burrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease.

Do NOT use any more Advantix. Instead, try EVOLV, from Wondercide, a natural flea/tick repellent made from cedar oil.

Gradually transition her back to a puppy food that is more canned and/or raw. See our pages on 10 Best Dog Food Options and Raw Dog Food Diets.

And, give her weekly oatmeal shampoos (concentrate along her underside) to give her some relief from the itching and make her more comfortable.

Depending on the lab results, she may need some Omega 3 fish oils, ,a href="http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/10-best-dog-food.html#dogdietarysupplements">Immune system supplements, or other support added to her diet.

A holistic veterinarian will be more open to using supplements, and using more natural treatments to help her.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Related Pages:
- Dog Skin Conditions,
- Dog Skin Rash,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Skin Rashes, Marks, Spots, Lesions & Patches (including itchy skin and mange) Section,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Hair Loss Section



Aug 11, 2013
what did you find out? NEW
by: mrshoobery

I just found your post. The pictures look like what my puppy is going through right now. Did you find out what it was?

Thanks!!!!
Ashley

Aug 13, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Rash on Dog's belly, bottom, and genital area with scabbing and hair loss NEW
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

August 12, 2013
Hi Ashley,
No, I have not had a response from Lindsey yet.

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.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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