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My one year old dog has a red raw area in the fold of his back

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My one year old dog has a red raw area in the fold of his back leg on the side of his abdomen?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. I am sorry the expert you requested is not available. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you. 1- How long has this been going on? 2- Is he licking the area?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I just noticed it today when he was licking the area. After that when I tried to get another look, he growled at me (never done that before) and so I left him alone.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I did not see him lick that area again tonight.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Friend, it sounds like he has what we commonly call a "hotspot" which is an area of infection/inflammation made worst by excessive licking. This is what you can do:
1- Need to stop him from licking or he is going to delay healing. Pick up an ecollar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing at affected area.
2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Wash area with this soap 2-3 times a day. If you do not find the above soap use over the counter antibacterial soap.
3- After washing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.
4- If no significant improvement after doing the above in 1-2 days follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.
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Dr. Peter
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have never seen him licking this area? For it to be this red, wouldn't he have to be licking this a lot? I don't see how I could treat this area myself since he will not even let me lift his leg to look at it.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over***** Peter gave you excellent advice on what is going on and how to treat it. I see where you say you never see him licking the area, but in an earlier post you state you only noticed it because he was licking the ares. He wouldn't need to lick it too much. A dog could possibly get a bug bite (flea, spider, ant even) and lick or chew the bite. Or it might just be that a bath or swim trapped some excess moisture in the area. That excess moisture can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast that is present on a dog's skin. That can lead to a hot spot as Dr. Peter mentioned.
I'm just trying to give you a little information here. You can create a temporary muzzle to examine the area and/or treat the area. Here is a site that goes over how to make an emergency muzzle.
If you feel you can not take care of this yourself, you should have your vet take a look. Your vet can do the initial cleaning and treatment, but you will still likely need to apply medication to the area.
Now the e-collar should help prevent any further irritation to the area or a no bite collar would work as well. See one here:
I hope this helps and you will see that the Doctor gave you a great response.