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Rash on Lower Belly - Superficial Pyoderma

by Allison

My dog has had a rash for two days on the lower belly, with small blisters and a circular rash.

He is male, 11 months old, half lab/half bulldog and is neutered.

He is very healthy, has had his shots and has been treated for fleas.

The rash is no where else on him. What is this?

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Oct 31, 2009
My On Line Vet Response for Rash on Lower Belly
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Allison,
Your puppy has a very common condition known as 'superficial pyoderma'. It occurs on the lower belly and is caused by a bacteria. The condition is similar to a diaper rash in human babies. It is very often seen in puppies stressed by growing up, when they have had too many vaccinations, then surgery for neutering, and/or they are on a commercial diet of dry food, combined with exposure to commercial flea and tick products.

All of the above will stress the immune system, and allow the normal bacteria found on the skin to 'flare up', and appear as a rash.
Following some of the suggestions found on our website will steer you in the right direction.

Flea control:

Holistic veterinarian:

Improving Diet:

In the meantime, using good hygiene, with a mild shampoo, (like baby shampoo), shampoo your pup in the groin/lower belly, twice a week. Rinse and dry well. Continue for 2-3 weeks. Improve his diet, do not feed only dry puppy food. Provide plenty of fresh water, lots of exercise, and behavior training, and the rash should clear up soon.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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