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Reddish skin on Groin & Bumps on other Areas

Dog's Groin - Reddish/Pinkish Skin, Smooth Texture, Feels Thin

Dog's Groin - Reddish/Pinkish Skin, Smooth Texture, Feels Thin

Dog's Groin - Reddish/Pinkish Skin, Smooth Texture, Feels Thin
Raised Skin, Almost a Scab

The skin on my dog's groin area is reddish/pinkish in color, has a smooth texture and feels thin. I have not really seen him licking the area, but I have seen him licking his feet.

Some things I have tried that help but do not permanently remove the issue:

- GNC shampoo for allergies but will go back in less than a week.

- Last night I tried a human cream for itchy skin and this morning it looked better.

- I also have given him Benadryl once and it kind of cleared but I do not want to give him that everyday.

His diet now consists of Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Dog Food, he just started this week plus the GNC salmon oil that I add daily in the morning (1 tbsp). Before the Natural Balance, he had the Solid Gold Sun Dancer Holistic Dog Food with Chicken and Potatoes. Every once in a while I give him plain fat free yogurt.

His weight is 21 lbs, dachshund/corgie mix. He is around 8-9 years old.

His personality has not really changed except for the excessive licking of beddings, etc and sometimes his feet.

Another thing that I have noticed on his skin is mostly all over but not too many (none on his face, mostly on his back or sides) is he will have a skin area that is raised and is almost a scab. When I try to get this off, hair comes off and underneath is a wound that does not bleed but gives off a fishy smell.

Above are a few pics of this plus the groin area.

He did have some fleas last year around the third quarter but those have disappeared.

I have had him checked with his regular vet and they could not find anything even did a test. The only thing they did was give him medicated shampoo. Also brought him to the vets at the humane society and nothing either.

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Mar 28, 2014
My Online Vet Response For: Reddish skin on Groin & Bumps on other Areas
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

March 27, 2014

You have posted a challenging question. Skin allergies can be quite a mystery, but your dog has provided quite a few *clues* to help us solve the mystery!

He has one or all of the following:
1. Contact allergy
2. Inhaled allergy
3. Food allergy
and in the past, flea allergy.

If he is chewing the TOP of his feet, he probably has 'inhaled' allergy to pollen, grasses, weeds, trees, housedust/mold, etc.

If he is chewing the BOTTOM of his feet, he probably has a contact allergy, meaning that he is allergic to something to which he is in contact.

Food allergy, they will have variable skin symptoms, which sometimes occurs together with GI problems such as loose stool, tendency to eat grass, decreased appetite, etc. Improving the diet, (see item #2 below), will help.

From the photos you submitted, the scabs that appear are from 'superficial' pyoderma. This is caused by bacteria in the skin. Usually, the *normal* bacteria on the skin cause no problems. But when the skin is inflamed and irritated secondary to allergies, there are changes in pH, hair follicles are enlarged, and bacteria are able to multiply and cause lesions to appear.

Here's the plan:
1. NO VACCINATIONS. Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to write an exemption form.
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

2. DIET: NO DRY FOOD In order to help the skin, he must be on a canned, or even better a RAW food diet. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options,

3. Supplements: He may need some immune supplements, but for many dogs with allergies, a RAW diet seems to restore them back to health. I always suggest improvement in diet first, and if not 100% normal, then add in immune support, such as Standard Process Immuplex, or Standard Process Canine Whole Body Support, or Mega C.


Mar 28, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Reddish skin on Groin & Bumps on other Areas PART TWO
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

March 27, 2014

Here is the rest of my response.

4. CONTROL OF ITCHING-use a natural anti-histamine called *Antronex* this is made by Standard Process, and is a glandular supplement to provide support for the liver. (available on It aids the liver in removing histamine from the system, in effect, acting like an anti-histamine. Give him 1/2 tablet in food or by mouth TWO to THREE times daily to decrease itching and redness.

5. Continue the fish oil--give 250-500mg daily

6. BATHING-use an oatmeal or baby shampoo one time per week. This will remove excess bacteria from the skin, to keep him clean, and will also 'cool' the skin, and make him more comfortable. Continue for 4-6 weeks, until skin is more normal.

7. CONTACT ALLERGIES: If all of this started after installing a wool carpet, or after changing to a new laundry detergent, or giving him a new doggy bed, or after fertilizing the lawn or any other 'new' contact, AND he is licking the BOTTOM of his feet, then he may have a contact allergy and you will need to remove the offending item. (Of course, if it is a carpet, then you will need to lay down cotton sheets or plastic carpet runners for him to walk on to avoid the carpet.)

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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