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We cut my dogs hair and he's but biting himself close to his

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we cut my dogs hair and he's but biting himself close to his tail looks like his skin is irritated however not sure if rinsing him off and putting Betadine would help the itching. He has allergies and I've been giving him Benadryl but not helping with near the tail. No fleas/ticks or other bugs. He's caused some irritation where skin is broke. Any suggestions?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is your dog bleeding a lot?
Customer: No bleeding
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Jazz and he will be 5 in October
JA: How old is Jazz?
Customer: 4 years and 8 months
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Jazz?
Customer: No
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern for Jazz. It sounds as if he may be developing a hot spot or what's also known as Moist Dermatitis. These sorts of lesions are commonly seen in this location and while we think they may be related to allergies in some dogs, for others we don't have a good explanation as to why the patient will self-traumatize their skin.

But, regardless, I do have a few suggestions which may be of help:

1. First, I'd trim away even more hair as possible around where he's been chewing to expose the skin. You may be surprised how extensive an area is involved once you start trimming.
If you have mustache clippers or regular ones, they'd be perfect for this job.
Just take care since this area could be quite painful for him; I wouldn't want you to become injured if this is the case so having someone restrain his head may be necessary.

2. Then, I'd gently clean the area twice a day with dilute over the counter Betadine or Iodine (to the color of weak tea).
If you have something with Chlorohexiderm in it such as Hebiclens, that would also be acceptable.

3. I'd then apply a small amount of over the counter cortisone ointment which can help to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin.

4. If the area also looks really oozy or pusy, then I'd also apply a small amount of antibacterial ointment or cream such as you'd use on a wound for yourself.

5. A perfect product for this sort of skin issue would be Vetericyn spray which may be available at local pet or grain stores. I know it can be purchased online but this won't help you now unless it's shipped overnight.

6. If he's not currently taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or steroid drugs nor vomiting, then he could be given Aspirin at a dose of 10 mg per pound of body weight twice a day, with food to avoid stomach upset if the area looks really red and inflamed. If it doesn't look that bad just yet, then he may not need this drug.

7. I assume that your Benadryl dose is correct but I'll include the one I use which is 1 mg per pound of body weight twice a day.

8. He may need to wear a cone to prevent further damage to the area.

I'd treat as above today and evaluate tomorrow. If the area is worse (which it really shouldn't be) and/or he won't stop biting at it, then a vet visit may be prudent.

I hope this helps. Deb

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He has little hair there. How much aspirin for a dog that wears close to 8 pounds?
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Then it sounds as if you won't need to shave or trim him any further if that's the case.

The dose of Aspirin that I'd give an 8 lb dog would be 82 mg (low dose) twice a day, with food. You could also give 1/4th of the full strength, 325 mg sized tablet twice a day.


Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Jazz. How are things going with his skin? Deb

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Seems to be doing much better. Still scratching some but there's an improvement
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Wonderful news; thanks for taking the time to let me know:) Deb

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
You are more than welcome
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.