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Hello this is Dr. Aaron
has your dog spent any time outdoors recently (past day)?
is she otherwise doing well (eating/drinking normally, good activity level, etc)?
is it just a single site?
seems a little less active, but we are having unusually hot weather. there is only one ring right now
ok very good...ill be right back
is she scratching at her stomach at all?
Doesn't seem to be
does it look anything like this?
can you see that picture?
no i am not able to view it
I was trying to get a good picture, but that's okay.
based on what you're describing, what is on Lexi's abdomen is most likely a black fly bite.
They are starting to come out over the past week or two
It looks like a bulls eye about the size of a dime
this bite tends to result in a red ring with a red dot in the center that is about the size of a nickel/dime and most often found on the abdomen
they do not tend to be itchy or cause scratching
there is no need to do anything for these bites. I would recommend continuing to keep a close eye on her abdomen to see if it changes, but I would not be concerned at this point.
should i take her to the vet
If more of these lesions appear you could consider contacting your local vet to purchase some 'pet gard' product...which is good at keeping these black flies away
Unless the spot changes or she is showing signs of illness there is no need to take her to your local vet, the lesion should resolve by itself over the next few days
I have her on frontline top spot is that "pet guard"
Frontline is labeled for preventing/killing fleas and ticks. It is not useful in preventing black flies
Here is a link to Pet Gard.
I'm sorry I spelled it wrong. It is PetGuard
This would be a reasonable product to talk to your local vet about if more of these lesions appear
Do you have any further questions?
can you use pet guard along with front line/
Yes you can
okay thank you so much!!
you're welcome. I would appreciate it if you could click on the accept button so that I could be compensated for my time. Have a good night