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  • Recurring Rash Issue - Pup

    So we have a 13 month male lab (English). Over the past several months we have been working with the local vet to try and isolate an issue.

    He gets a very red patch on his stomach (just above his ....) -- it is about 2-4" long and about 2 or so inches wide. He also gets red on either side of his testicles. He generally doesn't seem to be affected by this, although he does lick every now and then, but nothing out of what I would consider normal for a dog. Whatever it is, it does seem to "ooze" as he gets kind of crusty, especially as it starts to go away.

    What we have done:
    • He is on a VERY strict diet. He is now on (and has been for about 2 or 3 months) Ultimino. We have worked all the way up to this from other prescribed foods. He gets nothing else.
    • He was on a steroid and that really cleared him up. He finished it about 5 days ago and the "rash" has started to re-appear. This was the first time and he really responded well to this.
    • He is still on an antibiotic -- this is about the 4th time for this.
    • We tried some "lipid" type spray (i think) but he kept licking it off. Plus there was no real change.
    • We have skipped bathing him as well
    • We only use an all natural (next gen) laundry detergent that is all natural -- switched a while ago from any of the "people" type stuff.

    We were thinking it even had something to do with the grass in FL. However, we arrived up here in MN over the weekend, so it is really cold so we have completely changed his environment.

    We are doing and trying everything we and our vet can think of. Once we get back we will do the blood test to check for allergies. But, being in MN, I think we have completely changed his normal environmental type influences.

    Any help or things to try at this point would be appreciated!

  • #2
    Re: Recurring Rash Issue - Pup

    Sounds very suspicious of a staph hypersensitivity. Could be other things too. Sounds like they are starting to look. I would suggest considering a dermatologist if possible.
    When you want to help someone, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. Dr. Thomas Sowell


    • #3
      Re: Recurring Rash Issue - Pup

      Thanks for the response.

      Do you think the Staph could also occur while he is on antibiotics? We actually just finished a dose yesterday so he had a pretty solid amount in him when this last bout of the rash occurred. We have done the "scrape" of the area and that is why she put him on the antibiotics.

      Our vet has also mentioned a dermatologist as well as doing the allergy test. Since we were able to completely change his environment (we are in MN for a few weeks) we are hoping to rule out many of the environmental possibilities.

      Been an interesting journey


      • #4
        Re: Recurring Rash Issue - Pup

        you may want to rule out sensitivity to plastics/rubbers. My dog had issues with rashes when he was young and I tried everything except the dermatologist and allergy testing. It'd go away with steroids and antibiotics but it would come back once he was off them. I was lamenting this issue with a friend and she mentioned to me perhaps it's a reaction to plastic or rubber. At the time many of his toys were plastic (he especially loved empty water bottles) or rubber and his food and water bowls were plastic. I took away everything plastic or rubber based...his food and water got served up in a metal bowl, all his toys became rope, fabric and canvas based toys. I haven't had an issue like that with him since. Might be worth checking out with your dog anyway.....


        • #5
          Re: Recurring Rash Issue - Pup

          Thank you for responding.

          I actually thought this was the only other thing it could be -- so last week we stopped with the plastic toys -- and yes, he LOVES empty water bottles. He is like a kid with the big empty boxes, he flips them and throws them, then pounces. Gallon jugs or liter bottles -- those are a complete riot.

          So we are watching very closely to see if it will stay away if we keep the plastic "toys" away from him. Only other thing could be branches and sticks he picks up and chews (before we can get them away from him). But, up here in MN these are completely different types of trees/sticks than what we have in FL.

          I sure hope it is the plastics. The next question is bottled water -- i know they say there are huge particulate counts of plastics in them. We will see.

          Appreciate the feedback!