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Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question. It is common for dogs to have allergies that become worse in areas such as the penis area and armpits due to the excess moisture and warmth here which helps to allow the bacteria in these areas to over grow causing a secondary Pyoderma caused by the allergies and scratching. It is hard to tell what may be causing this but treatment is as follows:
Apply Betadine to the areas that appear red or irritated every 8 hrs. Clip away all the hair in this area. This is a skin infection called a pyoderma caused by the irritation. These can both be purchased at the pharmacy over the counter. Give sweet Murdock Benadryl at 1 mg per pound every 12 hrs for 10 days.Bath weekly with Malaseb or Dermaplex which will remove the scabs or flakes. This can be purchased at the pet store or online.If there is no response, then your vet will have to run tests such as skin scrapings and cultures to determine the cause and then they will treat according to these results.
These treatments can be very effective if this is caused by allergies and from what you have described, this appears to be the case for sweet Murdock.
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