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Round Rings of Inflammation on Dogs

by Gina
(Natick, MA)

My dogs keep getting these round rings of inflammation. All 3 of my dogs have had them. They are all Pit Bulls. 1 is deceased now. My Vet gave me Genesis spray and I used it accordingly. It takes it away but then a few weeks later they reappear. They get them in the groin, stomach and inner thigh areas.

I ran out of Genesis Spray and am now using Hydrocortisone for pets... It takes it away only for it to come back in a few weeks. I am currently changing them over from Zignature Lamb to a mix of Stella and Chewy's raw frozen turkey mixed with some Honest Kitchen Embark and still adding the Zignature until they are weened off. I have tried everything else and can't figure out a cause. My vet has no answers either. Sometimes I think maybe it starts from a cut or scratch as they love to wrestle, but I think it's too often. I do not use carpet treatments and I only use hypoallergenic laundry soaps and shampoos as I have very bad allergies and sensitivities as well.

Any advice?

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Mar 01, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Round Rings of Inflammation on Dogs
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 1, 2015

Hi Gina,

From the photo you submitted, it almost appears to be similar to a petechial hemorrhage. This is an area of bleeding that occurs due to an autoimmune condition. A blood panel to check for autoimmune diseases should be done to rule out Idiopathic Throbocytopenia, or Immune Mediated Auto Immune Anemia. I would also rule out Demodex mange, with a skin scraping.

Are your dogs related?

Do they itch or scratch the areas?

Pitbull dogs (American Staffordshire Terriers) are known for having poor immune systems. Your plan to switch to a RAW diet is a good idea. I would also add to each meal 1-2 TBSP of raw ground beef, chicken, turkey or lamb. NO RAW pork or fish. Since there is Vitamin C in raw meat, that would help boost their immune systems.

More immune supplements,
1. Standard Process, Canine Immune System Supplement
2. Mega C,

Also, avoiding vaccinations and toxic flea and tick products. See our page on Natural Flea prevention, and check out EVOLV, from

A holistic veterinarian could write an exemption form to avoid vaccinations.
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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