Dog Skin Rashes: Symptoms, Causes, and Cures

Updated on November 6, 2017
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Just like people, dogs need good skin care, too. Some dogs never have any skin problems, but some deal with issues all of their lives. Some causes, if not controlled, will lead to excessive licking and scratching, which could lead to secondary infections, such as bacterial or yeast infections.

If your dog is biting and scratching himself, here are some common reasons for red, scaly bumps and ways to treat them.

Causes and Symptoms of Dog Skin Rash

Causes
Symptoms
Contact Dermatitis
Red, inflamed skin and/or crusty skin due to contact dermatitis usually show up on the belly or legs. This occurs when areas with thin hair or no hair come into contact with an allergen, such as grass, melting ice, poison ivy, soaps/shampoos, floor cleaners, carpet deodorizers, flea medication, insecticides, dyes, and materials such as rubber, wool, leather, plastic, or metals (nickel).
Puppy Impetigo
Acne-looking bumps on the dog's skin. More serious pus-filled blisters might appear and the skin may become scaly and crusted. Shows up on the abdomens and groins of young dogs.
Food Allergy or Sensitivity
Skin plaques, pustules, crusting or scaling, leathery skin, hyper-pigmentation, hives, and elongated marks on the skin. May be accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea.
Environmental Allergy (Atopic Dermatitis)
Happens seasonally. Itching often occurs on the feet and around the eyes and ears. May be accompanied by sneezing and watery eyes.
Fleas and Ticks
Itchy spots, red bumps, and hair loss. If your pet is allergic to flea saliva, the rash will look inflamed. If the rash occurs on the feet or head, the cause is likely something else because fleas avoid the paws and face.
Mange
Itchiness, scabs, sores, red skin, and hair loss often occur on the dog's face, ears, and legs.
Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis)
Itchy, inflamed skin that is hot to the touch. Commonly found on the head, hip, or chest area.
Infection (Bacterial or Yeast Infection)
Red, scaly skin, odor, and sticky discharge. Often occurs in the ear, between the toes on the paws, in the underarm area, or on the neck (under the collar).
Heat Rash
Red tender skin only in one area (usually the folds of the skin). Scabs and sores, tiny red bumps, itchiness, and foul odor.
Genetic
Some breeds are more prone to rashes than others. Golden Retrievers are susceptible to congenital ichthyosis, which causes scaling on the tummy. Arctic breeds are likely to develop zinc-responsive dermatosis, and Cocker Spaniels are prone to primary seborrhea (dandruff).
Hormonal Imbalances (Endocrine Disorders)
Could be caused by a poor diet. Hypothyroidism and Cushing's disease fall under this category. You may see changes in coat quality, drinking and urination habits, as well as rashes, hair loss, and dry or darkened skin.
Seborrhea (Dandruff)
Dry, flaky skin, and hair loss.
Acral Lick Dermatitis (Lick Granuloma)
This is compulsive licking (usually of the paws) that results in inflammation. Over time, your dog may develop hair loss and a rash. This may be caused by an allergic reaction to something that your dog walks on, like grass or floors/carpets cleaned with a chemical agent. It could also be caused by boredom.
Folliculitis
A bacterial skin condition that occurs along with other conditions, such as mange, allergies, or injury. Usually appears as red, scaly bumps and accompanied with a lot of itching.

Dog Rash on Belly?

If your dog has a rash that is concentrated on the stomach, the scrotum/groin, and the legs, then the most common causes are either contact dermatitis or impetigo. This itch may turn into an all over body rash. Switch out your laundry detergent and check your cleaning supplies. Your dog may be allergic to the chemicals used to wash the bedding, the floor, or the couch.

Contact Dermatitis

If your dog suddenly gets a rash or an allergic reaction despite having no history of sensitivity, then it may be contact dermatitis. Symptoms usually develop after a period of repeated physical contact and skin sensitization, and contact dermatitis occurs most often on the stomach, the scrotum, and/or the legs (or in other places where there is thin hair or no hair).

Causes

  • Aside from poison ivy and poison oak, your dog could develop a rash by coming into contact with topical antibiotics, flea collars, flea medication, metals like nickel, grasses and pollens, soaps/shampoos, carpet deodorizers, insecticides, dyes, materials such as rubber, wool, leather, and plastic, poison ivy sap, road salt (melting salt), detergents, solvents, acids and alkalis, and petroleum byproducts.

  • Dyes and perfumes are also common irritants. If your dog has a contact allergy caused by detergent, for example, his rash will appear on the belly where his blanket or bedding has been touching it or where he has been laying on a rug or carpet. Switching to non-perfumed, sensitive-skin detergents and cleansers may give your dog relief.

How to Check

  • If your dog has been outside or in the woods, the rash may be from a plant irritant.

  • Check your own laundry room and cleaning supplies. Did you switch to a new carpet cleanser? Is the laundry detergent that you use full of perfumes?
  • Shampoos can also cause contact allergies. If you suspect that your dog's shampoo or grooming rituals are causing the issues, you’ll need to switch products. Ask your groomer to use a sensitive skin shampoo and to hold off on the perfumed powder and products. If you groom your dog at home, try an unscented pet shampoo or one that is medicated. Medicated shampoos often provide itch relief right away for your pet as you work to get the other factors under control.

Treatment

  • The only way to treat contact dermatitis is to avoid exposure to the irritant, whatever it may be.
  • To get rid of the skin irritation, your veterinarian can prescribe an antihistamine.
  • It's important that you keep your dog from licking the irritated area because it could lead to bacterial and yeast infections, which could further aggravate the skin and exacerbate the problem.

Dogs may lick and bite at itchy skin.
Dogs may lick and bite at itchy skin. | Source

Impetigo

Impetigo, also known as a staph infection, is a highly contagious bacterial skin condition that appears in puppies. It is caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria. It shows up as bumps that may be mistaken for acne. If your puppy has a belly rash or a scrotum rash, then this is likely the cause.

Treatment

Most mild cases resolve on their own, but you should help clear up the itching and prevent the bacteria from coming back.

  • Prevent your puppy from licking or biting at the effected area.
  • Clean your dog's living area.
  • Give your pup a medicated bath two times a week for two to three weeks using a shampoo with benzoyl peroxide.
  • If the case is not mild enough to be treated with topical treatments, your vet can prescribe oral antibiotics or a medicated ointment.
  • Some people use hydrogen peroxide to kill the staph bacteria, but I recommend giving your vet a quick call to confirm that this is safe.

Sometimes dogs can develop food allergies
Sometimes dogs can develop food allergies | Source

Food Allergies

Food allergies can cause itchiness and irritating rashes all over the body. You may also notice accompanying symptoms, such as loose bowel movements or stomach distress.

Common Food Allergens:

  • beef
  • dairy
  • wheat
  • egg
  • chicken
  • lamb
  • soy
  • pork
  • rabbit
  • fish
  • corn (very common)

What to Do?

If you suspect food allergies, a consultation with your vet is the best route to take. They can do a test to pinpoint the exact trigger.

You can also try doing an elimination diet by removing one ingredient at a time for period of a week. If the symptoms go away, reintroduce the food. If symptoms reappear, then you will know for sure what caused the rash.

Foods to Feed

Look for foods that are premium and high-quality or ones that specifically say "for sensitive stomachs". One PetHelpful author made a list of her top recommended hypoallergenic dog foods and treats. It's a great list to read. Foods that say “limited ingredients” are the best to start with. I would also recommend you buy foods with natural ingredients and try to stay away from products loaded with chemicals and preservatives. A common culprit of food allergies in pets is corn, which is often used as a filler in dry dog food.

Instead of relying on processed dry foods, you can also try making your own food. There are many homemade dog food recipes on the web. Make sure you research your dog's nutritional needs carefully and consult your vet before feeding it to your pet.

Dog With Food Allergy and Itchy Skin

Environmental Allergy (Atopic Dermatitis) Treatment

Pets can have seasonal allergies, too. If your pet has inhaled allergies, you may notice other signs along with the itching and rash, such as sneezing and watery eyes.

If you suspect that your pet may be allergic to irritants in the air, you can check the pollen index through a website like weather.com. If pollen is high, and your pet is exhibiting these symptoms and is itchy, he may have hay fever.

How to Treat

  • Your vet can prescribe anti-histamines for your pet. Most dogs can tolerate over-the-counter medicines that have the active ingredient of Benadryl. According to 1800Petmeds.com, dogs can take .5 to 2 mg of Diphenhydramine for every pound they weigh. Doses should be given every eight hours. You can always run your dog by the vet’s office for a quick weigh-in (something most vets will do for free). They will also be the best person to ask for recommendations of what medication to take.
  • Give your dog a bath with a hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner (but don't over-bathe as it can lead to dry skin).
  • Feed your dog fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation.

How to Prevent

  • If coming in from the outside, wipe your dog's feet to remove pollen, dust mites, grass particles, and dander. This prevents them from spreading it all over their living area.
  • Change furnace and air-conditioning filters.
  • Vacuum often and steam clean the carpets, if possible.
  • Keep windows closed during high-pollen seasons.

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Fleas and Ticks Treatment

Fleas

Even with regular baths and treatments, some dogs may still get fleas. They can be especially pesky in warmer areas of the country or in places where the winter was especially mild.

The best flea products are available at your vet’s office or at quality pet supply stores. Ask your vet for the best recommendation. If your dog has a flea allergy, then the condition is probably severe and may require a prescription drug. For general flea protection, products such as Advantage and Revolution are more likely to work and keep working. Some products even allow you to retreat more often than once a month if there is an infestation.

How to Check

Before you look for other causes, rule out fleas. You can bathe your pet and look for fleas in the bathwater or use a flea comb to search for the bugs and eggs.

Warning: Some dogs are allergic to flea treatments and may develop a rash from the product! If so, there are natural, non-toxic flea treatments you can use. You can even make a homemade flea collar to prevent fleas.

Ticks

Your dog may develop lyme disease from a tick bite. The most common tick is the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick). Symptoms may not show up until two or three months after being bitten. Symptoms include fever, rashes, loss of appetite, lethargy, lameness, stiffness, and swelling of joints. This can progress to a fatal kidney disease.

Recently, a new tick, known as the lone star tick, has appeared in the central and southeastern regions of the U.S. It can transmit ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).

If you suspect ticks are the cause, see your vet right away.

Washing a dog with medicated shampoo may give him some relief
Washing a dog with medicated shampoo may give him some relief | Source

Mange

There are two types of mange:

  1. Demodectic Mange: A skin condition caused by cigar-shaped mites that live in the hair follicles and feed on the oil glands of the skin. This is usually due to a weak immune system that is unable to fight off the mites. Puppies under two years old and older dogs are the most susceptible. A puppy may just have a naturally weak immune system, but if an older dog is inflicted, it may be a sign of hormonal imbalance or cancer .
  2. Sarcoptic Mange: This skin condition is also known as "canine scabies" and is transmitted from dog to dog. If your dog is frequently playing with other pups, then the mites may have migrated from one skin to another, and the female mite probably laid eggs and populated in your dog's fur.

Treatment

  • If your dog has localized mange, then the issue will resolve itself. You can help by giving your pup a bath, washing his bedding, and cleaning his living area to kill all of the mites. There are also some home remedies for dog mange that you can try. However, one thing you SHOULD NOT use is motor oil.
  • To relieve the itching or to make sure mites don't spread, talk to you vet. They will be able to prescribe either topical or oral medication to help you dog fight off the infestation.

Dog mange
Dog mange | Source

Hot Spots

Hot spots is simply a broad term for any red, irritated spot on your dog’s skin. It can be caused by any of the above conditions. Hot spots can also lead to infection. So if your dog's rash becomes inflamed, red, oozing, or is an open sore, you will want to seek vet attention. The site could be infected.

Treatment

  • Find out the cause. If you have trouble, talk to your veterinarian.

  • To treat hot spots you must ask for a vet prescription. They will prescribe hydrocortisone spray or hydrocortisone cream to stop the itching and promote healing.

  • They will also prescribe Gentamicin or Betamethasone spray, and possibly oral antibiotics. Sometimes, they may decide to give your pet a cortisone injection to jump start the healing process.

The hot sun!
The hot sun! | Source

Heat Rash Treatment

Heat rashes are caused by the staphylococcus pathogen, staphylococcus pseudintermedius, which gets aggravated by humid and hot environmental conditions. Symptoms appear as tiny red bumps or boils, and can progress to an oozing, red rash with a bad odor.

How to Treat It

  • Wrap a cold compress or bag of ice around a towel and apply it to the area for 10 minutes.

  • Aloe vera is a great treatment for sunburn and will give instant cooling relief as well as help heal the skin.

Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal skin disorders include alopecia and dermatosis. Alopecia is characterized as balding and dermatosis is a skin disorder. Both are caused by genetics, diet, castration, female bodily changes, or a condition such as hypothyroidism. Hormonal imbalance symptoms include greasy skin, hair loss, dull-looking skin color, and is accompanied by other signs, such as lethargy, high cholesterol levels, weight gain, excessive weight loss, difficulty sleeping, depression, and a host of other problems.

If you suspect there is something wrong with your dog's hormones, then speak with a vet. The most common causes are listed below.

Types of Hormonal Imbalance:

Treatment

Hormonal imbalance could be easy to treat, depending on the cause. If it is caused by a poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle, then switching to a nutritional, all-natural dog diet and getting plenty of sunshine and exercise will remedy the symptoms and balance your dog's bodily system.

If the hormonal imbalance is caused by something serious, like Cushing's disease, or it is related to the female menstrual cycle, then speaking with a vet is the only way to find a cure. Usually treatments involve hormone supplements, radiation therapy, or surgery. If you would rather go the natural path, seek a holistic health veterinarian. Holistic vets are usually better at finding natural remedies for curing hormonal imbalance.

Canine Seborrhea

This condition is characterized by oily, flaky skin and hair loss. Scratching will further irritate the skin and cause it to turn red and sore. Seborrhea, like dandruff in humans, is usually genetic but can be caused or exacerbated by a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.

Breeds Most Likely to Be Affected:

  • West Highland White Terriers
  • American Cocker Spaniels
  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Basset Hounds
  • Dachshunds
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Golden Retrievers
  • German Shepherds
  • Dobermans
  • Shar-Peis

Treatment

  • Unfortunately, dandruff cannot be cured—only controlled. Vets recommend bathing your dog with a shampoo that contains sulfur, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or coal tar.
  • To help control the flaking and itching, feed your dog omega-3 fatty acids and a nutritional diet to keep their skin and hair healthy.
  • Ask your vet if you can feed and apply coconut oil. Pure coconut oil is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal. It can kill yeast and fungi when taken orally or applied topically. It also helps soothe the skin and promotes healing.

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Lick Granuloma

If your dog is constantly licking his paws, it could lead to a skin infection that causes redness, itching, and hair loss. The causes are wide-ranging and include environmental allergies and anxiety. The most common reasons, however, is boredom.

Treatment

If the Bump Is Under the Skin

If the bump is under the skin it could be a growth or lesion that needs to be biopsied. Sometimes even fatty tumors that are benign can irritate the dog and cause him to pick and scratch at it. But, since there is a risk of cancer, your vet can check the bumps and tell you what the issue really is.

Pets with itchy skin can feel irritated and restless. It can be frustrating for both owner and dog. If the rash does not show signs of infection, you can try treating it at home. If the rash continues though, seeking veterinary advice and guidance will make your dog happier and healthier.

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      Manvita 

      3 weeks ago

      Good evening sir,my dog has red spots of pimple type all over the body,my dog breed is German shorthaired pointer 6 months old what can I do

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      Aydin Franks 

      4 weeks ago

      my dog has really big and red itchy spots on the underside of his back legs. He's been itching and scratching at them forever. Theyve been really red he will not stop licking them.They look like bug bites but I'm not sure if anybody has any advice or ideas please let me know

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      Maggie 

      2 months ago

      My dog has red little bumps on his inner thin and he is allowing biting them. Not sure really what to do.

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      Hope 

      2 months ago

      I have a white pit bull with pink spots on him and it's starting to bleed

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      Lorett 

      3 months ago

      Hi my dog refuse to eat and he has a red spots all over his cheast and i think he has high tempreture !!!

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      L C David 

      4 months ago from Florida

      Food allergy is a good guess. I hope that the change helps her and clears up the rest.

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      marianne 

      4 months ago

      I noticed a slight pinkish tinge to the belly area where there isn't hair and onto the rear legs. But I questioned myself wondering if this was ALWAYS this color. then my son noticed this as well and asked about it. This was about a month ago. I also noticed her coughing/wheezing a few times every day and that was all. As days have gone by, I noticed the redness is more pronounced and this is not normal. She is not licking or scratching, it is just getting red and is obviously a rash. I had switched her to a different dog food about the same time of the redness/wheezing. Yesterday I bought a different food that she has had before and I usually mix as I change food, but I plan to just give her the new food. I rubbed coconut oil on that area twice today. I am wondering if it could be a food allergy? The article does not cover any of the issues we have had (flea, ticks, new shampoo, new bedding, new anything) except for the food.

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      L C David 

      7 months ago from Florida

      My own dog has been going through a general red and dry skin rash with flakes. Sometimes they can get a skin infection which is what my dog ended up having. Antibiotics and steroids helped to calm it and allow it to heal. I'd suggest checking with your vet.

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      Danielle Sral 

      8 months ago

      My dog has recently gotten a red bumpy rash on his scrotum area. The skin around it is red and dry and it is starting to appear on his legs. Any ideas on what it may be? Or what I can do to stop it?

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      L C David 

      8 months ago from Florida

      It may just be a simple allergy. Dogs can also chew when they are feel anxious. Perhaps because she is likely feeling uncomfortable at this point, she may be chewing and licking out of confusing and anxiety. If it keeps up you may want to run her by the vet's office.

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      Msal 

      8 months ago

      My dog is expecting any day now. She has chewed the hair off both hind quarters on the front side at first we thoght she was neverous,but now I see raised bumps in this area.Her diet is stable we treat for ticks and fleas on all 4 labs. She shows no other signs of scratching. There is though a trait all 4 have picked up and that is diging and eating mud. Any insights?

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      L C David 

      9 months ago from Florida

      Sounds like a possible food allergy. She needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible for treatment.

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      jennifer 

      10 months ago

      my dog has has severe rashes probably 3 months?

      it started out little now has progressed. Its its all around the fur on her dog pads and paws itself, some arms and legs, personal area, tummy, and her chest. pretty much every where. please help!!

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      L C David 

      10 months ago from Florida

      Have you tried adding an over the counter skin vitamin as well?

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      d.spivey 

      11 months ago

      He goes to the vet for a bath every 2 weeks Vet put him on science dry skin food. Still losing hair under carrage.Skin is dry.

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      L C David 

      11 months ago from Florida

      Keep an eye on it. Could be an allergy. Try a soothing shampoo from a pet store. If it doesn't get better, see a vet.

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      Mikayla 

      11 months ago

      My pit bull has a growing red rash near his pelvis but he doesn't seem to notice it. HALP

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      Jeanie 

      12 months ago

      My red nose pit has red bumps on her and even the vet cant figure it out.

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      Deborah 

      12 months ago

      My dog`s tummy is red with little black bumps I know he is allergy to fleas but I ave used something and no longer has them ,but still has this break out.Please help

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      Debbie 

      12 months ago

      Hi my puppy got these red bumps on his tummy just a few hours ago

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      Brooke 

      13 months ago

      Dogs can not get poison ivy unless they are bald! My vet just told me that! because there hair prevents the oils from getting to the skin therefore your dog can give u poison ivy.

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      L C David 

      13 months ago from Florida

      Have you tried a dog skin and coat vitamin. My current dog has that issue and the skin and coat vitamins have made the difference. Also make sure you are using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

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      rita leake 

      13 months ago

      she scratches most of the time and she sweets really bad and smells I bath her and the vet gave me some liquid to put in to water to dapp on her but nothing seems to work its not her food

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      L C David 

      14 months ago from Florida

      Sounds like your dog has allergies. It's best to be seen by a vet to get the exact cause so you'll know how to treat it.

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      Liz Swisher 

      14 months ago

      My doctor just has red spots in between her and her thighs and it seems that she keeps on losing hair everywhere what should I do

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      Georgie 

      15 months ago

      My dog has red skin with red spots and scaly skin. We had her on steroids and that worked but now she is of them and it has come back. It's not heat rash or hot spots it may be a contact allergy but we don't know what from. We spray her with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. That seems to sooth her but doesn't help the rash. We have a medicated shampoo but that isn't do anything ether.

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      isabella bai 

      15 months ago

      my dog is always going under beds and today i found out that her tummy all the way to her chest was covered in red and there are some red dots. how do we fix this help me i do not understand i think she had it longer but i just found out.

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      L C David 

      16 months ago from Florida

      Sounds like an allergy. You could ask your vet about giving her Benadryl before you cut the grass to prevent the rash.

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      Teresa 

      16 months ago

      Every time I cut my grass my dog comes out in a rash on her chest

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      L C David 

      18 months ago from Florida

      My own dog has been battling dry skin and hair loss this winter? Could it be drying, winter conditions? I bought conditioning shampoo and conditioner at the pet supply store. I also bought some chewable tablets with Omega-3 and Fatty acids (pet skin and coat vitamins) at the pet supply store. It has been a week and the flaking has stopped and the hair is growing back in. Try that.

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      Abimael 

      18 months ago

      My Pitt has dry skin with a few scabs. Two spots where he lost a little bit of hair. What do i do? I can't afford a vet right now but I'm willing to try anything.

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      L C David 

      19 months ago from Florida

      Sounds like an allergy. She may need to be seen by your vet.

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      maria 

      19 months ago

      my puppy wont eat her food (taste of wild) and now has a rash on her chest and is super sleepy and wants to be held, but she drinks her water alot and has been itching her ears

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      L C David 

      20 months ago from Florida

      Sounds like an allergy. Did he lay in some grass or did he lay on something with a new kind of cleaner on it?

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      Rebecca 

      20 months ago

      My dog has got a terrible rash all over his under carriage it just poppped up

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      L C David 

      21 months ago from Florida

      It sounds like an allergy or even possibly some type of mange. Best to seek a vet's help and some medication as soon as possible.

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      L C David 

      21 months ago from Florida

      Hopefully you can get someone to help you carry her to the car and then into the vet's office.

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      blas 

      21 months ago

      My dog has rash all over her body what can I do.

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      Sara 

      21 months ago

      I want my dog to go to the vet but she won't move

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      L C David 

      21 months ago from Florida

      Make sure that they are rinsed well. You might try a skin soothing shampoo or medicated shampoo if it continues. Watch for infection and take to the vet for antibiotics or treatment if they start looking worse.

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      rainrutt 

      22 months ago

      shampoo made my pugs back break out in some bumps not itchy or red. i wont use this shampoo again but what to do to help with the bumps?

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      L C David 

      22 months ago from Florida

      Sounds like it could be allergies. I have a poodle mix that gets this issue. You can ask your vet about Benedryl for a few days. I also wash my dog in a mild baby shampoo when her skin is acting up and this type of shampoo is safe around the eyes. If it keeps up he/she might have an infection and need some antibiotic eye drops from the vets.

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      Jessica 

      22 months ago

      my dog has dry skin around its eyes what do I do

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      L C David 

      24 months ago from Florida

      Benadryl is usually safe for dogs. The dosages are easily found using a search engine. I would recommend having her checked out by a vet as soon as possible.

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      Tammy 

      24 months ago

      My red nose pit is covered in what appears to be hives. The bumps are now covering her back. Can I give her Benadry?

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      L C David 

      2 years ago from Florida

      I would take her to the vet. Could also be worms or a blocked anal sack.

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      L C David 

      2 years ago from Florida

      I would definitely recommend going to a vet to have him checked out and treated properly.

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      Jazzmine 

      2 years ago

      My dog has a rash on his right hind leg, where the tarsus bone is. He keeps scratching it with his teeth. It's been there for a while, do i find lotion for him or just take him to the vet?

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      Anna 

      2 years ago

      My dog lola is a pug she had a tick 2 days ago and now has red splotches on her butt tail and all over her belly and wont stop scooting what could be the issue

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      L C David 

      2 years ago from Florida

      It sounds like he needs to go to the vet. He may need antibiotics.

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      james 

      2 years ago

      can some one help my pitbull axle has red spots around his iner legs and he gets mad when you try to touch it what do i do ?

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      L C David 

      3 years ago from Florida

      You definitely should get her looked at by a vet. Sounds like it might be a heat rash of some type. Check your pet store for type of soothing shampoos or creams that are safe for dogs.

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      Stacy 

      3 years ago

      My dog gets a really bad rash on her upper hind legs right where they meet her belly, she only gets it when she runs or does any physical activity , what can i do for her? It is very painful for her and looks really bad.

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      L C David 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Sounds like she might have gotten into fleas, mosquitoes or even some kind of irritant like poison ivy. You may want to have your vet look at it.

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      sheena koon 

      4 years ago

      My dog went into the woods and came out with bumps all over her body

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