Hello All- I Havent been on here for a while, things have been great with my Blue Heeler (he's now 2.5 years old) but we decided to get a new pup. Misha is a staffordshire terrier x with a lab and she is about 10 weeks old. This morning when we let the little ball of fur out of her kenel we noticed she has round red blothces on her tummy, legs and tail. We checked our other dog right away (cause they play, eat and sleep together) and he has nothing... I cant get into the Vet untill Friday.. Yesterday when we were up the lake she was got a hold of some horse poop and was eating that so Im not sure if thats what caused it? Koda has never had anything like this so im not sure what could be causing it.. Does anyone have any suggestions??
I sounds like an allergic reaction. I would keep a good eye on it. If it changes in anyway, painful, changes color, smells,etc. go to a vet, even if you have to end your vacation. Try a good bath with hypo-allerginic shampoo, (no smelly stuff), scrub well. Then put some neosporin on it.
It could be a lot of things, but its important to get checked out.. It could be something as simple as a rash - my sheltie had a skin infection when she was young. It could be a bite, and allergice reaction..
It could be something serious too, which is why its important the vet sees. You said circular, which makes me think lyme disease. A bullseye shaped ring would appear within a day or two and get larger.
Its probably nothing to worry about, but don't skip the vet visit.
Red blotches on her tummy, legs and tail won't be lyme disease. (Unless the dog was bitten by several infected ticks at the same time...unlikely) Also, in most cases of lyme disease-there never even IS a bulls eye pattern at all.
I agree that it is probably allergies. The most common allergy is to fleas (whether you see them or not) but it could be anything...a food product, pollen, dust, grass.
As Illusion said, a good shampoo can help ease any discomfort. Oatmeal shampoos are good. I actually use a prescription shampoo I got from my vet when Emma had her skin problems last year, and it really helps.
You never know. What he poster is interpreting as "blotches" could just be an inflamed area surrounded by a rash. If there is any fur in the area, it could obscure it.
As far as the pattern, it won't necessarily have a no-rash clearing in "the bullseye", but it will usually be circular/oval with a difference in coloring at the point of infection.
You are right that it is less likely, but it is the summer months. It could also be something else that might require anti-biotics or treatment... so either way, its best not to diagnose it on a message board and let a professional take a look at it.