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He has licked a spot on his stomach. He takes Trifexis and doesn’t have any fleas that I know of. Is there something I can put on it?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

Luigi is approximately 5

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Luigi?

No. He is healthy and up to date with all shots

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Is the area raw?

Any discharge/pus?

Can you take a photo so I can see what you are seeing? To post it, you can use the paper clip button on the tool bar above the text box (last icon). Or if you cannot see that, then post it on any site (ie Flickr, Photobucket, Imgr Instagram, etc) & paste the link here for me.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Oh dear, that is a shame Luigi doesn't feel like letting me see what is there.

Still if he is licking the area and its possibly raw, we can start some topical care. To do so, you can start by cleaning this 2-3 times daily with a mild antiseptic (ie dilute betadine, chlorohexidine, or salt water). Afterwards, pat the area dry and apply an OTC antibiotic cream +/- hydrocortisone cream. The former can help keep infection away and the latter can reduce inflammation and itchiness. As well, since we need to prevent self-trauma, after all this we can put an ecollar on your wee one to protect this.

As well, since these rashes can often be triggered by an underlying allergy, you can also consider an antihistamine at this stage. Most commonly we use Benadryl/Diphenhydramine (0.5-2 mg per pound of their body weight every 8-12 hours) to reduce allergic irritation. We like to keep the dose low, as it can cause drowsiness (just like people). And of course, this medication shouldn't be used if your wee one has any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medication without speaking to your vet first.

Overall, as long as this is not severe nor has pimples, pustules, crusting, or scabs; we can try the above. Of course, if this is causing severe irritation or if this doesn't settle with the above; then we'd want to have this checked by your vet as systemic/oral treatment may be needed to clear this.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
There are pictures of his licked spot
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

Ah, that is a good chap for us. And that does look like quite a mild inflammation and early stage dermatitis. so, we can use the above to see if we can just get this settled for him.

Happy holidays,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
is there something I can do today since vet is not open until tomorrow?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Absolutely and I did outline our treatment plan for this lesion above. Just in case you cannot see it I will repost now:

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If he is licking the area and its possibly raw, we can start some topical care. To do so, you can start by cleaning this 2-3 times daily with a mild antiseptic (ie dilute betadine, chlorohexidine, or salt water). Afterwards, pat the area dry and apply an OTC antibiotic cream +/- hydrocortisone cream. The former can help keep infection away and the latter can reduce inflammation and itchiness. As well, since we need to prevent self-trauma, after all this we can put an ecollar on your wee one to protect this.

As well, since these rashes can often be triggered by an underlying allergy, you can also consider an antihistamine at this stage. Most commonly we use Benadryl/Diphenhydramine (0.5-2 mg per pound of their body weight every 8-12 hours) to reduce allergic irritation. We like to keep the dose low, as it can cause drowsiness (just like people). And of course, this medication shouldn't be used if your wee one has any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medication without speaking to your vet first.

Overall, as long as this is not severe nor has pimples, pustules, crusting, or scabs; we can try the above. Of course, if this is causing severe irritation or if this doesn't settle with the above; then we'd want to have this checked by your vet as systemic/oral treatment may be needed to clear this.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thank you very much. I do appreciate it.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

You are very welcome, my dear. :)

Happy holidays,

Dr. B.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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