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Under s tail s skin is red and inflamed, He seems to be in

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Under his tail his skin is red and inflamed
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: He seems to be in discomfort and it clearly is itchy
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

It sounds like you're seeing a staph infection under the tail. These are essentially breaks in the skin barrier where normal staph bacteria from the surface of the skin gets in between skin cells and causes an infection. It will be red, itchy and irritating.

The treatment is usually by clipping the hair and cleaning the skin with a dilute Chlorhexidine solution. I will then use oral antibiotics (Cephalexin) and pain meds (Rimadyl). Topically, you can use something like Neosporin or SSD (silver sulfadiazine) to help it heal faster.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
take him to the vet in the morning?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

Yes, I would. These can spread pretty rapidly, so definitely within the next 12-24 hours.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
are you sure it's a staph infection?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

I haven't seen it or done any tests, so I'm not sure. I do think that a staph infection is the most likely.