Hello, I have a 2 year old pitbull mix with a rash that started at the very top of his tail bone and is spreading down his tail. What could have caused this rash and what is the best way to help heal and stop the rash? Thank you for your response.
Type of Animal: Dog
Age: 2 years
Name of Dog: Funky
Cleaning the area with peroxide and applying topical ointment
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael SalkinHow much chewing and licking at this area do you see Funky doing? Are you currently using a flea product on Funky? Thank you in advance for your reply.
I haven't really noticed him chewing and licking this area, and currently we bathe him with flea control shampoo and he wears collars. Today, I ordered Frontline topical flea control vials, to apply on him.
Thanks, Ana. I'm surprised that you haven't seen him annoy that area. Our dermatologists tell us that any rash such as you've described that appears caudal (toward the tail) to the rib cage should be considered to be a flea saliva allergy unless proven otherwise. Our dogs need only one flea that bites them twice for quite a pruritic (itchy) allergic dermatitis to develop. The "saddle" area of our dogs and cats is the primary area for flea saliva allergies to manifest themselves.I'm pleased that you're going to institute Frontline. You'll find it far more effective than a flea shampoo (fleas have developed resistance to the pyrethroids in flea shampoos) and collars. Remember not to bathe Funky within two days of applying the Frontline - either before or after application. Frontline needs the oils of the skin to sink into the skin. Please note, too, that there are a number of generic Frontlines now. You can find PetArmor, Fiproguard and Certifect over the counter in pet and feed stores for half the price of Frontline. Finally, when you need more than a good flea product to control these allergies, we institute a potent antiallergenic corticosteroid such as the prescription prednisone. Used at the smallest dose possible that controls these allergies, steroids can be invaluable. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
UC Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 years of experience
Thank you for your reply.
You're quite welcome. I'll check back in a week for an update.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.