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Scabbing and hair loss on dog's stomach

by Gayle Redlich
(Columbia Station, OH, USA)

My 1 1/2 year old male sheltie got his shots about 3 weeks ago, and yesterday we noticed he was losing a lot of hair. We checked his stomach and noticed all these scabs and redness on him.

He hasn't been outside much to run into poison ivy or anything like that, no fleas, and his heartworm check came back negative.

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Jul 15, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Scabbing and Hair loss on Dog's Stomach
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Gayle,
From the photos you submitted of your 1 1/2 year old Sheltie, he has developed a superficial pyoderma. This is a bacterial skin infection similar to diaper rash in a baby. Considering he was vaccinated 3 weeks ago, I suspect this may have triggered it.

First, you need to clip the hair from around this area. Then bathe the area with a mild baby shampoo, daily for 3 days, then two times per week for 2 weeks.

Make sure he is on a good quality moist/canned or raw diet. NO DRY DOG FOOD. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food options.

Then seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to help you choose the appropriate homeopathic remedy for your pup to treat 'vaccinosis'. This is the condition created by the vaccinations that made him susceptible to disease. He may also need some dog immune supplements if the above is not helping.

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