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My female boxer has had a rash on her belly area couple

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My female boxer has had a rash on her belly area for a couple weeks. She licks at it so I assume it itches. I have a picture I can share
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome, I am Dr. B and would like to help.

If you can post your photographs that would be grand. To do so, you can use the paper clip icon above you text box. Or you can them on any site and paste the link here for me.

Otherwise can you tell me of you are seeing pimples with her rash?

Any new food being given in the 4-6 weeks before this started ?

When was she last treated for fleas? What did you use?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No pimples or pustules. Licks at it more when she comes in from peeing. No new food and she's never been treated for fleas. We have another female boxer in the house and no issues with her.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Based on the photo, your lass looks to have a patch if moist dermatitis. We can see these related to bacterial infection but if she has gotten urine on the skin, this could be our trigger. Now this will be very itchy, so we do need to keep her from licking and making it worse. To do so, she may need to wear an ecollar for a few days or you can use a breathable cover (ie boxers, T-shirt, etc).

Furthermore, since we have a single lesion, we would want to start topically treating this. To start, we'd want to wash the lesion with salr water or dilute chlorohexidine. Afterwards, we want to pat it dry and apply an OTC antibiotic cream. Since it will itch, you can alternate with OTC hydrocortisone cream. This can be done 2-3 times daily until settled.

As long as the skin settles and heals with the above, we're happy. Though if it lingers, then we'd want to see her vet for oral antibiotics and steroids to clear this. ( but if we just have the one, the usually just need the above so long as they don't pick up any odd bacteria).

All the best,

Dr. B

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi Dawn,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bailey. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It seems to be getting better. It's challenging to not have her lick at it and she won't wear a collar or boxers.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

They certainly can be their own worst enemy. Since we do really need her to leave the area alone, I would suggest looking into an inflatable or neck only collar (example). These are more like neck braces to keep them from reaching the area and can be less distressing if she struggles with the traditional ones.

Take care & happy holidays,

Dr. B.


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