Red Scaly Oily Patches on Overweight Dog's Back
by Carol M.
(Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada)
I have a 10 year old male Bishon Frise called Boomer, who has red bumps that are oily and scaly all over his back. This originally started on the base of his tail but just over a month ago I noticed it had spread to his back.
I shaved the fur off the area and thoroughly washed it with a disinfectant that was diluted in warm water. I applied Aveeno lotion that evening. I started to wash the area every day and apply green tea three times daily for about a week.
The redness has faded a bit but I noticed black spots that looked like blackhead,s but they are soft and greasy stuck to the skin and in his fur. I started to apply corn starch to the area after washing him to absorb the oil, and that seems to help a little with the oil but not the black spots.
I adopted him in September of 2013 so I don’t know his medical background. I have not taken him for any vaccinations since I got him, but I did take him in October of 2013 for an ear infection. Apparently he had problems with frequent ear problems.
Another thing he does is chew and lick his feet frequently. I put boots on him in the winter for his walks and keep his claws trimmed but that doesn’t stop the problem. He is a very social dog and has lots of energy on his walks, but sleeps a lot any other time.
He is slightly overweight since the weather has been cold this winter and I have not been able to walk him every day. He eats just over a cup of food twice a day and has 3 treats at night when he goes out to relieve himself and at bedtime.
He has about 2 bowel movements a day. When he is going he circles and seems to have trouble passing the stool.
He drinks about 3 cups of water a day plus the water I put in his food. I was feeding him Purina Beneful Healthy weight up until last week when I changed him to Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance for a healthy coat.
I thought that he may have a food allergy so I am trying a different blend. I would like to know what I can do to get rid of his skin problem and help him get back to a healthy weight. Right now he weighs around 27 pounds.
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