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black lab: bald spot..today it is pink and raw.she is 11 months

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4 days ago a bald spot started on her chest, she is a black lab, today it is pink and raw.she is 11 months, any suggestions?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  DogGoneCafe5 replied 11 years ago.
Again this sounds like a flea allergy. Are you using any flea prevention?

If she is licking the area it will get pink and raw.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Angel's Post: I am confused.. we do not have fleas that we know of, I know what they are and know what the bites look like.. But furthermore, it is not possible for her to lick her chest... she cannot reach it.. the spots are the size of a quarter and not round... I did online search and sounds more hormonal???.. thanks for trying..
Expert:  DogGoneCafe5 replied 11 years ago.
I am not seeing all of this post to recallall the details from a week ago. Did you post a question almost a week ago?

If you can help refresh my memory, I will search mine.

The spots could be an internal parasite, or skin allergy.

Thank so much!
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Ringworm is a contagious fungal disease and the lesions are not always round. You can see pictures of ringworm on dogs here
http://www.dermisil.com/dermisil_r_pets.htm
Mange is a skin mite that can cause similar raw patching on a dog too. There are two types an inherited one and a contagious one.
If she was swimming in an area heavily frequented by ducks or geese this could be a doggy version of swimmers itch though that usually effects the whole body (its a parasite carried in the water in such places).
There are also problems with allergic reactions to insect stings or bites, skin infections that stem from just a small injury that gets infected and so on.
You can read about the common skin problems here
http://www.nzymes.com/Articles/dog_skin_hair_problems.htm
I doubt this is a hormonally related problem as that usually causes flank or abdominal hair loss not loss on the chest.
As this is changing rapidly and spreading I think you should see a vet for an in person check of the problem and diagnosis and treatment options.
If its itchy she may be able to dig at it with a kind foot causing hair loss and potentiallly causing infection.
It sounds like something very treatable once you put your finger on the real problem but with skin issues that often takes in person exams by a vet as so many can look alike.
If the vet can find nothing else you may want to consider a developed food allergy as that can cause itching and hairloss.
You can read about that problem here
www.marvistavet.com/html/food_allergies.html
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
can i email you a photo??
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
I will look into that for you - I need to check policy on emailing of pictures.
You might find though that a picture will not be as valuable as an in person exam by a vet.
For interim treatment on the problem you can clean it off with betadine or 3% peroxide and then apply neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment to the spot.
They also make anti itch sprays you can get from the pet supply store.
If home treatment doesn't work then you could head for the vet.
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