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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My Cocker Spaniel is 8 years old and has this thick red hard

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My Cocker Spaniel is 8 years old and has this thick red hard scale like rash that hardens up after we bath her. it is starting to spread on other areas of her body. Her paws are affected too. She bleeds periodically from her paws. We are treating her paws with Adams ointment. Her eyes we don't know what to do. Is it okay to treat her eyes with neosporin? We bath her once a week in and anti fungal medicated shampoo. But the bumpy rash is spreading to her nose area now. What can we do to ease our dog's suffering?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Can you upload photo(s) of representative skin to our conversation particularly of this "thick red hard scale like rash that hardens up..."? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as How pruritic (itchy) is your cocker, please? Are any of her cartakers suffering from a skin condition?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It appears to be quite irritated. She tries to rub her eyes and nose and licks her paws for relief. Here are some pics of her eyes and nose..
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Her paws look the same as her nose and eyes.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
We as caretakers don't suffer from any skin conditions..
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Thank you. Those are very advanced skin lesions whose etiology will need her vet's help to identify. This isn't something you'll be able to manage at home until you have a clear idea of what you're treating. There's a very good chance that you're looking at an autoimmune skin disorder such as the pemphigus complex or systemic lupus erythematosus. This type of skin disease is diagnosed by skin biopsy. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Okay thank you for your help. :>) We'll get her to a vet..
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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