Recent Flaring of Red, Hot, Scabby & Itchy Dog Skin Rash on Groin, Armpits & Belly
Recently, my dog's skin rashes seem to flare up within hours (or overnight), and right now it is really bad. Affected are almost exclusively his underbelly, groin and armpits. The rash is red and hot and very itchy (also a lot of scabs). I can see how miserable it makes him feel.
My Australian cattle Dog mix Caper (5 years old) has always had sensitive skin. We know he has an allergy to beef and possibly chicken, so we changed his food to more "unique" proteins, such as wild rabbit, venison and/or kangaroo. We also have been feeding grain-free food.
I have read a lot on your website, and it has helped a lot. We have been at the vet with him frequently...always with skin issues. Otherwise he is healthy, active, and in amazing shape.
Usually the vet diagnoses Superficial Pyoderma. They do a scrape and mostly find bacteria but no yeast. Steroids and antibiotics make the skin rash heal beautifully, but as I have read in many other stories from dog owners, it returns with a vengeance a few weeks after stopping treatment.
Caper goes to daycare 3 days a week. Usually we have him washed with Virbac shampoo 1-2x a week.
Now to my question: the daycare, which is excellent, has plastic "lawn" to make it easier to clean, and to not turn the place into a mud pit every time it rains. However, I started wondering if my dog could be allergic to the material of that plastic "lawn"; or if that type of material keeps dog urine from being absorbed into the ground and therefore causes that reaction.
Have you had other cases like that before? Is it possible that it is the daycare floor, or is a food allergy more likely?
Thank you so much.
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