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My dog has just started getting these red spots all over her

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My dog has just started getting these red spots all over her skin and she scratches constantly. She takes a pill monthly for fleas and I checked her to be sure and did not see any present. She also smells really bad even after her bath.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:
How long has Angel had this issue?
Does these red spots look like pimples or pustules?
Has she had a diet change in the past 2 months before this started?
Is it worse in the warmer months?
What does she smell like? Bread? Corn chips? Pus?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The spots are small round red spots that are raised from the skin...around the size of an eraser on a pencil. There is no pus that I see, just really red and several that she has scratched so much that they are raw. The smell I guess would be closest to maybe corn chips. Not sure but it is a strong odor that I can smell immediately when she is near. We have not changed her diet because she is so picky and we feed her purina dog chow little bites.
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Hello, the expert above has opted out of your question which likely means she had an emergency to tend too and did not want to hold you up.
Going by what you are smelling and the fact that she is itching , as well as the above experts question it it likely that the dog has an allergy since there is an absent of fleas.
Airborne or contact allergies will have a dog lick the paws, have a yeasty smell on the body that sometimes enters a room before they do, and will cause scratching.
When it comes to the spots, this can be a contact allergy, food allergy or a secondary bacterial infection. These should be idetified by your Vet through a skin scraping as it can be bacterial, yeast, or fungal and all would need different treatment.
Allergies to food or contact allergies will also show red spots.
What I would try is giving Benadryl and see if the itchiness subsides over a couple of days. It will likely not go completely away, but is should help.
Depending on what the spots are from the treatment may help with the smell. IF it smells like corn Fritos then it is likely yeast and this too can be from allergies.
I have found that adding coconut oil to the daily diet takes away much of that yeast smell, but do make sure a skin scraping is done to identify the problem. The coconut oil only helps if it is related to an allergy.
You may also find that the dog's ears bother her as this is also another sign of allergies. Usually this causes a bacterial or yeast infection as well. If she is shaking the head or itching the ears that is a good indication of allergies. It is important to get medication for that as well and Zymox can help with both yeast and bacterial.
Here you can fine Zymox online
Below I have put some sites on skin scrapings and what it will tell you, allergies, Benadryl dosing and coconut oil dispensing.
Benadryl dosing and side effects
Skin scraping
Seasonal allergies
coconut oil