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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** How old is this dog? Is it a male or female?
Thank you for that information. Typically the signs of a urinary tract infection in a dog are more frequent urinations, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, and accidents where they don't normally have them. Just licking an area where urine is doesn't seem to indicate a UTI. Do you feel that she's eating normally? What other problems is she showing besides drinking less water and licking the areas after urinating? Is she losing weight?
So are you mostly seeing some skin lesions on her? What seems to be the major problem that you are seeing with her?
Thank you for that information. Probably the most common cause of skin issues is a simple bacterial infection. They can get areas of moist dermatitis that can show as areas of hair missing. Typically these are treated with keeping the area clean and dry. Scabies is typically very irritating / itchy. Can you get her to your vet to have them evaluate her skin? They can do a skin scraping to screen for parasites. They can do cytology to look for fungal issues.
If she's not straining to urinate, not having blood in her urine, or not having accidents - then a UTI would seem unlikely. As far as the skin, the best thing that can be done at home is to clean the area with a mild hand soap and to then thoroughly dry the area once a day. This can help to remove debris that may be building up and to help any infection that is there. Can you take a picture of the skin and post it so I can see it?
Antibiotics in the cephalosporin category are commonly used for skin related infections.