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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am sorry to hear your dog has this rash and hair loss.
I can give you some basic guidelines but if there is no change please consider a veterinary exam to determine the underlying cause and more aggressive ways to control the symptoms
- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours for the redness and often relieves irritation. It may cause mild sedation initially- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo three times weekly to control the itch with ten minutes contact time before rinsing. This will help to soothe the skin and if there is a contact allergy it will rinse away the allergen- Begin a fish oil supplement with 750 mg EPA & DHA daily. This will help skin and coat health but can take 2-4 weeks to take full effect- Ensure you are feeding a high quality diet with no by products which can cause itchiness in some dogs- If continues then please talk to your veterinarian about oral antibiotics, a blood panel to include a thyroid panel, and doing some cultures of his skin to rule out any other possible infectious causesI hope this information makes sense and gives you a starting point for how to control his symptoms. Please let me know how else I can assist you both this evening, I am online another 15 minutes to assist you both
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