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Experience:  Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
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I just got home from being away weekend and my dog has a few

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I just got home from being away for a long weekend and my dog has a few areas on her behind and tail that are bald and scabbing and one is bleeding. I thought it could be fleas since she was due for her trifexis but I gave it to her yesterday and the spots have only gotten worse
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Customer: That is all THANK YOU
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 months ago.

Hi, I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help.

Your initial suspicion, is probably correct -- This sounds like a classic case of Flea Allergic Dermatitis. Just like when we get bitten by a mosquito, the itching continues long after the bite is over. Flea bites remain itchy for many days or weeks beyond the bite.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Is there anything I can do to help the itch so the scabs stop bleeding/don't get worse ?
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 months ago.

So, the usual treatment is cortisone. Typically by injection or pills, but sometimes a topical cream may be useful. You can apply 1% hydrocortisone cream over the affected areas, but I would recommend seeing a veterinarian if there's no improvement within 24 hours.

Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 months ago.

In cases where excessive scratching has led to infection, antibiotics are also necessary.