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my dogs tail is red and swollen

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my dog's tail is red and swollen
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 5 years ago.

HI,

 

Welcome back to Just Answer. Where is the tail red and swollen? How long has it been like this?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She is a cocker spaniel and has a cropped tail, its the majority of the tail, the tip is the most swollen. The tail is almost twice the normal size and is pinkish- red all over. She also has red spots on her neck and under belly.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 5 years ago.
How long has this been going on? Is she acting very itchy?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes she is acting very itchy and it has been this way for over a week. I noticed it a little swollen but yesterday I gave her a bath and noticed how bad it is and seems more pronounced than it has been over the last week.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 5 years ago.

Ok. With that history, your girl could be having allergies. Allergies can be due to something in the environment or due to something being eaten.

 

Here are two good links on the allergies.

Airborne allergies:
http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=597

Food allergies:
http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=652

 

At this point in time, there could also be a secondary skin infection going on to compound the discomfort / ichiness.

 

My best recommendation is to get to your vet to have them evaluate the skin in those areas and then the best medications can be started up. At home, diphenhydramine (benadryl) is something that can provide relief with some. Here is a link going over its use.

 

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/diphenhydramine-benadryl/page1.aspx

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