Small, Red, Itchy Bumps on Side of Dog's Body
My dog has small, red, itchy bumps on the side of her body. They seem as though they have appeared rather quickly as I pay attention to her coat/skin daily.
The same bumps appeared on her belly a month or so ago. She was constantly licking her belly so I researched possible causes online. I came to the conclusion that it was a "hot spot" because she likes to dip in the pond or creek frequently and I live in the Florida heat.
I found how to treat hot spots (at home) online as well. I purchased Betadine, diluted it to a tea color, and washed her belly with it twice a day. I also tried to keep her belly as dry as possible (blow dry her belly after cleaning it.) I also purchased hot spot spray from Petco, but only used it a few times. This regimen seemed to work as the red bumps/rash went away on her belly after a couple of weeks.
But, just as her belly has almost completely healed, these bumps on her side have showed up. I thought it was just another hot spot problem, but now that I've research hot spots more, these don't seem to fit.
I had her shaved in this area so I could see the bumps better. Some bumps are raised and just pink, some of them have little black flecks (maybe dried blood?) I also have since found another patch of "something" near her neck (pictured.)
I have had her since she was about 1 and a half. She is now 4. I have never seen this before until I started allowing her to wade in the pond and the creek near my house. I have always fed her Blue Buffalo adult chicken and rice dry food. She has never had any other problems. I also give her Trifexis every month for fleas. I am usually very particular about checking her for fleas and I haven't seen any.
I have cleaned the area with the Betadine because I am guessing it is bacteria related, but I am eager to hear what you think this is and how to treat it. I'd really like to avoid an expensive vet visit! Thanks!
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