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My dogs testicles are crusty and and peeling. I notice it ...

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My dogs testicles are crusty and and peeling. I notice it and have been puting on dermalone ointment on the area. I have not notice a huge improvement. but it has only been three days. Am I doing the right thing. I dont know what set this off. No change in diet or anything else that I can think of. Thanks
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Mia Carter replied 6 years ago.
Hello there.

I'm sorry to hear that your dog is unwell.

There are a few possibilities that come to mind. Normal, healthy skin should not just randomly turn crusty and begin peeling, so there is some reason why this is occurring. I will help you to determine why.

One possibility is that there was some sort of trauma or other irritation to the testicular area. This can cause swelling and pain and it's a dog's natural reaction to begin licking at an area that's irritated. But the licking just irritates the skin further, so you end up with a skin infection that can emit a discharge of fluid, creating a crusty texture. The skin, when damaged due to infection or inflammation, will naturally peel away after a couple of days. The very outer layer will peel away when it's stretched and damaged, so that may be what you're seeing - peeling due to inflammation or infection.

Now, the infection may be just superficial and minor. But, I'm guessing that he's still messing with the area by licking at it. No? Again - completely common if he's experiencing discomfort. So you'll need to clean the area a couple of times per day to help promote healing. And you'll need to put a lampshade - also known as an "e collar" on him to prevent him from licking and messing with the area.

Another thing that comes to mind is some sort of parasite infestation or fungal infection. Parasites can be introduced on a simple outing like a walk, so your dog doesn't necessarily have to do anything out of the ordinary to be affected. Parasites alone can cause hair loss, irritation, peeling, infection, itching, and other types of irritation, but some of these symptoms also occur due to the dog himself - the licking, again.

So that's one possibility. If this is the case, he'll need two doses of a parasite medication, ten days apart, and depending on how bad his skin is looking, he may need antibiotics as well. If a fungal infection, like a yeast infection, is to blame, this too will require medications from the vet. So that's something else your vet will need to investigate.

In your dog's case, I would recommend a trip to the vet for an exam. In the meantime, he'll need to be washed twice daily to help heal the area.

Wash the affected area twice a day Use some antibacterial soap - like Dial - and wash the whole area to help kill bacteria. Rinse very very well and dry him off. Then, get some Betadine (a liquid found in the first aid section of the drug store) and put some on a cotton ball and apply it generously to any areas of broken skin. Then, dab a tiny bit of antibiotic ointment on any crusty areas or area of broken skin. You'll need to disinfect with betadine and apply the ointment twice daily until you can see the vet - which I would recommend ASAP. The cleanings will help limit infection.

Also, if he's itchy, try some hydrocortisone spray (or cream if the itchy area is mostly hairless), found in pet stores. This will help with the itching, and it should help the situation from getting worse in terms of breaking open the skin due to scratching or licking. This should help, but be sure to apply the cream or spray before the antibiotic ointment.

Also, photograph the area once a day. This will help you track the progress. Once we begin cleaning the area, and limit the access with a lampshade collar, it should start to improve. If it doesn't, then that's a sign that a return trip to the vet is required.

Here's a couple of articles you may find helpful:
http://animalhusbandry.suite101.com/article.cfm/cleaning_a_pets_wound

http://animalhusbandry.suite101.com/article.cfm/signs_of_an_infection_in_your_pet

Let me know if you have any additional questions. And I hope your little friend is feeling better soon!

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-Mia Carter
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I'm affraid this was not helpful. As the dog has not been licking or paying attention to this area at all. I have been doing the Dermaone as I notice this conditiion. I was surprised how long it took to get an answer from you. As others said it took minutes perhaps an hour or so. I waited and then went to sleep. I will take him to the vet which was my plan B. Thank you but I didnt feel this was timely or helpful.
Expert:  Mia Carter replied 6 years ago.

Hello there.

I'm sorry to hear you didn't find your answer helpful. But your dog does not need to be licking or paying the area for any of these scenarios to be the case. Is it common in some instances? Yes. Necessary for a fungal infection, parasite infestation, trauma, or infection to be present? No.

The vet is absolutely the best option, as I mentioned, as we have to way to determine conclusively what this is at home and therefore we cannot treat it. The best you can do is keep the area clean as I instructed to help prevent secondary infection and irritation.

And I'm sorry you didn't find your answer timely.

Yours happened to be the first question that I answered when I logged on so it could not have been done any sooner on my end. I apologize that another expert did not help you sooner, but that's just part of the system. You post a question, and if an expert who feels they can effectively and correctly answer the question happens to be online at the time, the answer is provided right away. But if there's no experts online at the time when the question is posted who feel comfortable answering the question, there is a delay. This system protects the customer from getting incorrect answers or half-answers. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee in terms of response time, so I apologize if someone on our site misled you into believing that your question would be answered immediately or within minutes of being posted. If your question is urgent, it should be marked as such when you post it to increase the likelihood of a faster answer. If you decide to utilize JA in the future, I would recommend that.

I hope your dog is feeling better soon.

-Mia Carter

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