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I have a 10 month old redbone coonhound/lab mix. he has had

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I have a 10 month old redbone coonhound/lab mix. he has had a belly rash? that comes and goes it is not oozing or sore to the touch, but he is constanly licking himself this redness covers his belly and down the inside of his back legs, we have his brother also and they are always togther his brother doesn't have the rash. They haven't been bathed lately because they are huge and we need to wait until the weather breaks. Also the dog withou the rash has always had the dark underskin of the coonhound and the one with the rash always had the pink belly which is now very dark reddish brown can you help
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Brian replied 7 years ago.
HI,

Most often these rashes are bacterial skin infections. They are itchy, may be smelly and can spread. While bathing may reduce the spread, antibiotics by mouth are needed to clear the infection. General principles of antibiotic therapy are to treat for a minimum of 3 weeks and avoid steroids. While the steroids reduce the itching, they also reduce the ability to combat the bacterial infection. As you note, topical treatment is usually not rewarding with this extensive an infection. Here is a link to an article on skin infections:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/pyoderma-in-dogs-bacterial-skin-infection-pus-in-the-skin/page1.aspx
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