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Red Rashes on my Dog's Legs

Rashes on his leg

Rashes on his leg

Rashes on his leg
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My dog has constantly been scratching for almost one week. He has these red rashes on both his legs. Please advise.

He is 3 year old schnoodel.

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Mar 31, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Red Rashes on my Dog's Legs
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

For your male 3 year old white Schnoodle it appears that the itching is mostly in the armpits and along both front legs. He also has generalized thinning of his hair. From your photo I cannot tell if he is overweight nor did you mention his diet. Considering all possible causes of itching with generalized hair loss--one needs to rule out: food allergy, contact allergy, inhaled allergy, and flea allergy. Also, he may have a secondary bacterial infection due to internal problems, such as auto-immune disease, diabetes, Cushings or hypothyroidism.

I would advise taking him to a holistic veterinarian for a physical exam and blood panel. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options and consider a gradual switch to a RAW diet, and stop ALL dry dog food.

Bathing him 1-2 times per week with a mild baby shampoo will help to calm his red, inflamed skin and remove any surface bacteria. Make him wear a 100% Cotton baby T-shirt to prevent further trauma from scratching, until you can get an appointment with a holistic veterinarian.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

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- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Hair Loss Section

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