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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your dog! Is she licking/chewing these areas? Is there any way to take a photo of the area? Is she on any medications right now?
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Has she had this issue before?
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Has she been on any medications for this or seen a vet for the issue yet?
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Are there any spots that look like pimples (like white heads) in the areas, or spots where there are little circles of dead/dry skin?
Ok, so if you are seeing the circles of dead dry skin, that is an indication that she has an infection of the skin. These are called epidermal collarettes and unfortunately require antibiotic treatment usually for at least several weeks.
There is likely an underlying allergy component to her problem. It could be a food allergy or an allergy to something in the environment (like a pollen/grass/dust/etc.). Dogs can develop these allergies even as they get older, even if they have never had an issue before.
I would recommend a visit to your vet- they can prescribe an antibiotic to treat the secondary skin infection, as well as either an antihistamine or steroid to help decrease the itch and inflammation of the skin. They may recommend a long term antihistamine trial to start out with. If it becomes a recurring problem, then we can pursue additional things like special diet trials and allergy testing.
It isn't an emergency, but it probably is irritating to her and the longer it goes on, the longer it may take to treat, so I wouldn't put it off for too long- does that make sense?
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