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Okay based on what I am seeing with the picture. It looks like Millie has what I would call a hotspot. This is what I commonly see in dogs that have allergies to something in the environment or food or a combination of both.
The can develop sensitivity to food over time. Also some brands can change ingredients without making it obvious on the bag as well. Based on how it looks, she may need a steroid injection and antibiotics. You can try a topical cortisone to see if it helps but you have to make sure she doesn't lick it. But in the majority of cases of hotspots they often need prescription medications to get a complete cure.
Aloe Vera can help soothe the skin but it won't do anything for the itch if she is biting and chewing at the area. She definitely needs something to cover the area up with like a T-shirt or a cone if you have one.
That would depend what you have in your cupboard. If you have an anti-histamine such as plain Benadryl it may provide temporary relief for the itch in some cases.
Sorry I will opt out and see if another veterinarian can help you . They may be some that have natural remedies that I am not aware of.
Hi, this is Dr. Thompson. I’ve been a dog and cat veterinarian since 2000. Thanks for your question. I understand your dog has an itchy spot on her back. I'll be back in a moment with some advice...
Oh, poor Millie! That looks like a really itchy spot on her back. The redness and puffiness may be from her licking and chewing the area. Sometimes dogs get a secondary bacterial infection, so if you see sores or scabs, she might need an oral antibiotic.
For dogs who just have itchy skin and no sores, bathing can be helpful. I suggest you give her an "oatmeal bath." You can do this by grinding about a cup of raw rolled oats to a fine powder in a food processor or blender. Run a warm bath and mix the oatmeal powder into the water thoroughly. Put Millie into the bath water and use a cup to pour the oatmeal water over her irritated area. It's best to let her soak in this bath for at least 10 minutes.
When you take her out, you may apply the aloe vera gel to the area, but try to hold her for 15-20 minutes so she won't lick it off right away.
I want to mention that when dogs get really itchy around the base of their tails, I always make sure to look for fleas. If you aren't already using a good flea preventive, now would be a good time to start.
Itchy spots on the skin can be caused by allergies to pollen or food, but fleas can cause identical symptoms. Even one or two fleas can be enough to make a sensitive dog itchy for days.
You can repeat oatmeal baths every 1-3 days, as needed. Tomorrow, you can get some Benadryl, I hope. The dose my clients use is 1 mg per pound of body weight (about 10-12.5 mg for a 10 lb dog). It's given twice a day for as long as is needed. It may cause mild drowsiness.
If the symptoms don't improve in a couple of days or if Millie develops new symptoms, you should see your vet for stronger treatment.
One more idea is this pramoxine conditioner you can buy on Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2AgbWsG it has a topical anesthetic that works great to temporarily relieve itchy skin in dogs!
Any questions I haven't answered?
Just realized you are on metric so the dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is 2 mg per kg.
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