Red Rash on Dog's Underbelly
by Jennie C.
Rash on Underside of Belly
Our 1 yr old male Stephens Cur mix started losing hair about 6 weeks ago on the inside of his legs and belly. Now, as of a couple days ago, he developed a red rash on the underside of his belly.
He licks it at times and itches occasionally, but does not itch out of control. When he DOES scratch, he is scratching his head, shoulders and areas other than the underside. He licks there instead and will put his legs in his mouth sometimes and just sit there with his leg in his mouth.
When he first started losing hair and presented mild redness, we took him to the vet who gave him a steroid shot and said it could be one of many possibilities ranging from allergies to mites.
When we first got him from the shelter in April, he was put on a round of Ivermectin and antibiotics for ear mites, conjunctivitis of the eyes and kennel cough. That all cleared up well, and it was about a few weeks afterward that he started losing hair.
His eyes still remain red at times (especially at night), but the discharge has stopped. The vet has given us a cream as well as a steroid drop to try for the eyes, but we started to think the eyes might clear up if we could figure out the possible allergy?
Initially, we thought the hair loss might be the food we were feeding him. At that time, we switched his food from Purina ONE chicken and rice to Wellness Core grain free. He is responding well to the food, but the apparent allergy symptoms didn't go away.
We have been giving him Benadryl morning and night and that seems to help the redness and any itching. We wipe him down after coming in from outside in case it is a grass allergy.
And, we noticed the rash started a couple days ago AFTER we cleaned the house which included spraying of Febreze and using CarpetFresh carpet powder. So, yesterday, we steam cleaned the carpets and cleaned all the furniture to get rid of those chemicals to see if it helps.
The only other new thing we gave him in the last few days was an Omega 3 supplement. He IS also on preventative Frontline Plus and Heart Guard.
Since we just got him from the Shelter in April, we don't have enough information about his environment before. We know he came up to WI from TN.
The picture posted is from last night.
I hope that is enough information to help us figure out what the problem is and how we can help alleviate it.
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