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My female dog has small red bumps on her private area. She

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My female dog has small red bumps on her private area. She is licking a lot and scratches one side of her mouth a lot.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 6 years ago.

Drew :

Hi, thanks for your question. How long have these bumps been present there? Are the bumps like pimples, with a white center?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I am not sure. They look red and one is sore. I thought it might be because she drags her bottom sometimes when she is outside. She has a long red scratch mark as well from dragging her bottom, but the small red bumps look different and not a result of dragging her bottom on a rough surface.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for the additional info. Has there been any recent change in her diet, or her environment (a recent move, for example)?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No everything is normal.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 6 years ago.
OK, thanks. It sounds like there's probably an allergy to blame, perhaps a seasonal allergy to pollen, mold spores, etc, and this allergy may have triggered secondary infections. These infections likely cleared up partially with the use of the antifungals and antibiotics, but the underlying allergy was not corrected, from what you have told me.

In cases where we suspect environmental allergies, the least invasive option is to try some omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil or flaxseed oil, in conjunction with antihistamines such as Benadryl(1mg per pound twice a day) or Chlorpheniramine(4mg twice a day). This approach, along with antibiotics or antifungals for at least 10 days past the appearance of a total cure, is often helpful.

In cases where antihistamines are not useful, other options include prescription antihistamines such as Hydroxyzine or clemastine, or the more potent drug Atopica. Steroids such as prednisone are best reserved for a 'last resort' type of situation where no other drugs are helpful.

Antihistamines are safe enough to continue as long as necessary, if they are helping.
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