Our 2 year old chocolate lab gets this every year in the summer. We've been giving her zyrtec for about a week and benedryl, because we've been told previously it's a bacterial infection due to allergies. We were referred to a dog allergist/dermatologist, but of course their office visits start at $175 and go up from there, so I need some advice. Have you seen this type of rash? It's mostly in her groin, and crooks of her legs. She isn't itching very much, but she licks like crazy where she can. After they turn bright red, they get grey and scaly. What do you do to prevent it/get rid of it? We take our dog swimming in the ocean and sometimes ponds. Could it be that? Thanks in advance.
One is of her groin, the in the pit of her front leg.
I don't have an answer for you, but my dog gets this same rash. Happens every year, but this year it seemed much worse than usual.
I treat with some topical solutions if it looks bad, but haven't done the continuous antihistamines. It honestly doesn't seem to bother him that much. He was biting at it more earlier in the season, but it seems to have subsided a bit.
I'm wondering if he was better previous years because I hosed him down more - he went to the dog park and always got rinsed off and played in the pool at daycare. This year he is just in the backyard (more grass) and it is worse.
I also broke the cardinal rule of "don't bathe your lab" this year and washed him with a medicated shampoo when he was at his worst. It did seem to help.
I would wipe the area down regularly with baby wipes (non-alcohol) or a wash cloth with water only and hose her off after any swim session. If it is environmental, that should help.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
My guy has the same rash too. Started about 2 months ago and has paired with multiple ear infections. He's mostly bald on the insides of his legs and stomach. We've had him on antibiotics with no relief. Thinking about starting a grain free diet to see if it helps. He's been to the lake a few times but is never really in grass unless we're outside throwing ball or out for a walk. Still don't know what might help!
Alicia & Remington
It looks like a yeast infection due to allergies. I had a dog with seasonal allergies and every year it got increasing worse. We tried to manage it with Benedryl and Claritin but when the secondary infections started (like yours) a vet visit and Prednisone (cheap) was necessary. Don't need a Specialist for this, as it is fairly common and your Vet had already diagnosed it.
Also, if it is not too bad, Gold Bond Medicated powder will help dry it up and keep doggy more comfortable.
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