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Are you able to submit a photo of these areas? What area of the country do you live in? Flea infestations are a very common problem in the Pacific Northwest and are commonly at the base of the tail. Or do you live in tick areas? Have you been out in the outdoors? Are the black areas moving at all, like live critters? How long has this been going on? are there more bumps forming, or have they stayed the same?
Let me get a little more info so that I can help you better.
I thought of a few more things concerning your question. Are the bumps on the top of the tail close to where it connects to the body, toward the middle of the tail, or closer to the tip of the tail?
The redness you are describing sounds like a type of allergic reaction which can be from all sorts of things, insects, or environmental things such as grasses or plants, or even contact with something else Ella is allergic to. I am having a hard time determining what the black area you are describing is. What size is the black area? Is it part of the skin?
I will eagerly await your response.
Thank you so much for trying to get me a photo, they are blurry, so I really can't see detail, but thank you very much for attempting it. As long as she is feeling ok otherwise, you can try giving her a bath in an oatmeal based gentle dog shampoo (if you are unable to bath her entire body, you can try to just give her a partial bath and concentrate on her tail area). Bathing will help remove any allergen, and oatmeal based shampoos/conditioners can decrease a little of the itchiness. Put an elizabethan collar (cone) on her when you are not with her so she can't aggravate the area, and try to eliminate alot of outdoor time until we can tell if it is getting better or not. Make sure you have her on a current veterinary approved flea/tick preventative.
If more bumps form, or the ones she has get more reddened, or spread, or just don't go away within a day or so, or if the reddened areas start oozing at all, then have her examined at your vet. It is not uncommon to have to give a prescription medication that will take away the itchiness, and depending on what your vet thinks, sometimes an anti-biotic if there is suspicion of a skin infection.
Good luck to you and Ella,
Awe, I just noticed the pic of Ella, I had only clicked on the pic of the close up of the skin. She is a cutie! Nice to see the pets that we are talking about. Thanks
You are very welcome. Thanks again for the pic of your girl, I really enjoyed seeing her. Good evening.
I am curious to learn how Ella is doing, please give me an update if/when it is convenient for you.
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