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My dog has a rash on his back?

My dog has this rash on his back. He wont leave it alone and he bites at it enough that it will bleed. I have used seveal things but nothing is working. I use flea shampoo with oatmeal and hydrocortisone spray. nothing is working. what could this rash be from and how should I treat it?
Plus he is a shihtzu and maltese mix so he is an inside dog. I hope some one could help me.


Asked by smtwngrl_27 at 9:26 AM on Mar. 26, 2009 in Pets

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  • He could be allergic to a cleaner that you use in your home; he could be allergic to the food you are feeding him.
    Our Aussie shepherd developed red skin, hives, and lost hair in patches on her back. She'd been eating Purina for years and suddenly developed an allergy to the food. We tried several different foods, but she was allergic to everything...until we fed her Iams. Her rash went away, her hair grew back, and she is a much happier dog.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 9:51 AM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • COat him in mineral oil for about 30 minutes to kill whatever paraiste could be on him. Could be mites. Then wash it out with dawn dish soap. My lab gets really dry skin in the summer & I have to use aussie moist shampoo

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 9:49 AM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • good suggestions above. I'd also wonder about ringworm.

    Answer by Raintree at 12:17 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • take him to the vet.

    Answer by jcory87 at 12:45 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • Does Your Shih Tzu Have Allergies?

    Moreover, the most amusing thing that both Shih Tzu and humans share is the fact that they are both vulnerable to allergies.

    Sounds impossible? Think again.

    Veterinary experts assert that Shih Tzu have allergies too. One of the primary signs of allergies is the itching of their skin. Their respiratory tract system can also be affected with allergies.

    4. Allergies resulting from bacteria

    This is the most common cause of serious allergies in Shih Tzu. Generally, there are certain bacteria that thrive in the dog’s skin. This is known as the species of Staphylococcus bacteria. In most cases, this does not cause allergies in Shih Tzu. However, there are certain types of dogs that develop an allergy to it.


    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 1:00 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • The most common symptom of this kind of allergy is hair loss along with the development of ringworm like marks in the Shih Tzu skin. The areas where these marks appear usually get infected, hence, it is important to treat them with antibiotics.

    Indeed, allergies are not for humans only. Allergies greatly affect almost 20% of the total population of dogs in the United States, and that is a pretty alarming number. Therefore, it is extremely important for dog owners to know these dog allergies in order to prevent them from further exposure.

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    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 1:00 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

    Maltese Allergies

    When a dog has allergies, this can be very puzzling to an owner at first. While all dog breeds can have allergies, it is the small dog breeds, such as the Maltese, who can be more sensitive to outside allergens and internal allergens.

    A Maltese with allergies can show a huge range of symptoms; some that you would normally not associate with an allergy problem!

    Therefore, let's look at the symptoms, causes and treatments for Maltese dog allergies.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 1:02 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • What are the Symptoms that my Maltese has Allergies?

    No matter what your Maltese is allergic to, the most common symptoms of dog allergies are:

    Fur loss - the dog may seem to be shedding much more than usual, however most common will be patches of fur loss on the Maltese. The dog may begin to have areas that are actually down to the skin. These patches can be anywhere; however most commonly on the face, elbows and back.
    Dry, red and/or itchy skin - The skin on your dog's face and tummy may appear scaly. Redness may occur. The Maltese dog may show an allergy sensitivity on the tummy. If the above fur loss has occurred, the skin that you can see through the patches may appear dry, red or scaly.

    Scratching - The Maltese dog may repeatedly scratch at their ears or other places on the body. In severe dog allergy cases, a dog may scratch so much that they break open the skin

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 1:02 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • Sores - certain areas on the Maltese dog may become filled with pus, red or swollen

    Chewing on itself - Just like the above scratching symptoms, a dog may also chew to relieve the itching
    Vomiting, dry heaving - Dog food allergies can cause these symptoms. this may occur once per week or every day. In general, if your Maltese is having dog food allergies, even when the dog is not vomiting, most likely he or she is experiencing an upset stomach
    Diarrhea - Along with the above mentioned vomiting, dog food allergies may also cause this symptoms with the Maltese
    Coughing - an inhalant dog allergy can cause the Maltese dog to cough

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 1:03 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • Aside from the above most common symptoms, when a dog has allergies, they can manifest in many ways. If your dog shows any unusual signs, it is always best to bring your Maltese to the veterinarian

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 1:03 PM on Mar. 26, 2009