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MY DOG HAS RED SCALEY PACHES THAT ITCH,BECAUSE SHES ALWAYS

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MY DOG HAS RED SCALEY PACHES THAT ITCH,BECAUSE SHES ALWAYS DIGGING AT IT. IT GETS SCALY/SCABBY SHE IS LOSING HER FUR IN THESE PATCHES.I HAVE BEEN TREATING HER BY WASHING AND APPLYING CORTIZONE CREAM.WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DO I DO TO ELIMINATE IT????
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own to ensure I give you the best advice possible...How long has Babe had this problem?Has the vet done a skin scraping at all?Where are these patches?Is she a hunting dog?What state do you live in?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

she has a few spots ,on her neck,and under her neck.in different places her right honch,rear. her right leg by her shoulder,. she has had this prob about 2 weeks now.I did take her to the vet yesterday. He did not do a scraping,but said if she is not recovering by 2 weeks from now I should bring her back He gave her a shot to make her more comfortable,and started her on antibiotics.He does not think its mites or mange.He will do a scraping in 2 weeks if she is not showing recovery. No, I do not hunt her, but her Mother,father and sisters are used for hunting. They do not live w/us.We are in Massachusetts.I think I am already seeing a change in the amount of scratching she is doing.T Y ! Marcia

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the additional information Marcia. I really appreciate it.It sounds to me like she picked up a little skin infection somewhere. If the antibiotics weren't already making her scratch less, then I'd suggest you give the vet a call and have them do the skin scraping now, rather than waiting, but since you're already seeing an improvement, I think we should still operate under the assumption it's a little infection and let the antibiotics do their work.That being said...if you notice more scratching or more scaly spots, then you should definitely give the vet a call and have them do the skin scraping to see what is going on. If the scraping doesn't turn up any answers, then it might not be a bad idea to have them do some allergy testing to make sure that we're not dealing with an allergy rather than an infection...but I absolutely feel like the antibitoics will do the trick.I hope this helps.