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There are several possible causes for this but in the area you describe the most common cause is fleas Is Gucci on monthly flea control right now, and if so what type?
If you are certain that he does not have fleas, and is on a monthly flea control, then other possible causes may include mange mites (Sarcoptes), bacteria infection (called pyoderma0 or yeast infection.
no he is not on flea control, he is also developing dry spots on his legs he drags his butt all over the floor just to scratch it, it seems to me like some kind of growth going on but he's been checked bye a vet, he just went in today to get checked again and now their sending him to a skin specialist
I am sorry for the delay in my response. For some reason our connection got lost for a few moments.
Since he is not on flea control then this may be a first step. Choose a good, effective product such as Frontline Plus (or Frontline Tritak) or Advantage, or get one from your vet. The itchy areas may be a secondary bacterial infection. Use of an antibacterial shampoo might help such as one with the active ingredient Chlorhexidine (e.g., Novalssan, Hexadene, etc). A soothing oatmeal based shampoo is fine but this will not help clear any infections. Ultimately, my best recommendation since these are spreading is to have him seen by his vet. Honestly, prescription medication will resolve this faster than anythin you do over-the-counter.
I hope your vet prescribed some good medications after doing a skin scraping to help alleviate his scratching. If already done, then please let me know what medications he has tried or been on.
I must admit that I am now confused by what you wrote. Doe we have two problems? The dry skin and the scooting behavior OR are they linked. And it sounds like he has already been seen and treated. So, I may need some clarification to get you the best answer possible.
Please, let me know your exact question; if it is about the skin, then I need to know what testing (e.g., skin scrapings and biopsies or allergy testing, etc) has already been done and what medications you have already tried. For the scooting were his anal sacs normal and fecal examination normal?
It is all part of the same issue and I will gather up all the information on the medication and tests he's had done, thank you for now.
That sounds like a plan and I will await your reply.