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Dog is very itchy and has little red bumps around her Vagina but no fleas, Gracie and she just turned 4. We have not

She is very itchy...

She is very itchy and has little red bumps around her Vagina but no fleas

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?

Gracie and she just turned 4. We have not given her any medication for fleas. Originally we thought that she was allergic to her food but we just switched her to Rachel stays food an

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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Gracie. I believe you're describing a vulvar pyoderma (bacterial skin infection/Staph, usually). Can you upload a photo(s) of the affected area to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

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Thank you. Please give me a moment to take a look at the pics...

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Excellent pics! Yes, they reveal a minor pyoderma often due the skin remaining wet too long after Gracie urinates - either from her own urine or by her squatting in wet grass. The bacteria that invade the skin are her own bacteria found on her skin. They proliferated because the area had become moist as well as warm. You can see how an over the counter triple antibiotic such as Neopsporin or Polysporin affects the skin when applied twice daily for 7-10 days. She's going to try to lick off anything you apply so apply the ointment liberally and rub it in well. Severe cases are best addressed with a systemic antibiotic. You might find cleansing wipes (i.e., alcohol-free acne pads, baby wipes, chlorhexidine-containing pledgets, other antimicrobial wipes) used every 12-24 hours to be quite helpful as well. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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