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How long has she been licking the area?
Is she spayed?
Is she on a good flea preventative?
Is there a rash or just brown areas on the skin?
Have you seen any kind of discharge?
I saw the picture. Dog tears and saliva contain an enzyme that causes a chemical reaction on the hair turning it red and then brownish like you are seeing. . There are many products on the market to remove this. They are marketed as Dog tear Stain Removers.
The website below has a different approach suggesting altering your dog's pH levels to prevent the staining which you may wish to look at.
There is also an antibiotic that your vet can prescribe called Tylan that has been shown to be useful to stop tears and saliva from discoloring a dog’s coat. You will want to ask your vet about this. It looks like she may have developed a staph and or yeast dermatitis in the area. If there is a whitish discharge from the vulva that might indicate vaginitis which can lead to excessive licking. Excessive licking can damage the skin and allow yeast of staph normally present on the skin to multiply unchecked by the skins immune system.
Now miconazole cream available at your pharmacy can help with a yeast dermatitis. Yeast dermatitis often turns the skin dark and often has a musty odor to the skin. Staph tends to be a pimple like rash and antibiotics are often prescribed for staph infections. You will likely have to have her seen by your vet to have appropriate antibiotics prescribed if you don't see improvement with miconazole cream.
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