Raw and leathery dog skin rash
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
armpit - 2nd rash
About 2 months ago, my dog was licking and biting at her belly and when she moved I noticed that she had licked it raw. The raw spot was approx 4 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. I decided to keep an eye on it and after several days it started to heal.
Since then, I've sometimes noticed that the white skin on her belly will be bright pink after she licks it. It doesn't look normal but it's not like the raw spot she had two months ago.
We actually went to the vet because her eyes started discharging excessively and since I was already concerned about this belly thing, we made an appointment. By the time we got to the vet both problems were subsiding and we pretty much came and went without advice.
The eye problem did go away but a few days ago I saw a raw spot under her armpit. The skin was swollen too. I took the above picture. The dark red dots in the picture are more noticeable than they are in real life, but you can see it's a pretty clear picture.
She is acting otherwise normal. Playful, good appetite, etc. We haven't changed her food, we did get some inexpensive biscuits which were new for her but that was in November (a month before the 1st rash).
She started taking Interceptor (the only medication she's on) but that was after the vet appointment and therefore after the first raw spot. She spends the day in the yard and god only knows what the neighbors are feeding her or what she finds on any given day.
She went to the dog beach 1 month before the rash, she did not go there prior to the 2nd rash. I can't remember any other excursions in that time frame.
She has been otherwise healthy with the exception of the week where she had an inordinate amount of eye goobers and last weekend when she vomited several times over the course of 48 hours. She seems to have fully recovered.
By the way, she's a 5 year old mix (Boxer and Rhodesian Ridgeback, I believe) who has been healthy and without sensitive skin or known allergies. Hasn't had a bath in a while either.
Also, she's very defensive of the raw spots. Normally I can do whatever I want to her but she wouldn't even let me get the camera near her sore spot. I haven't touched it much but I think it feels leathery. Rough leather.
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