Dog Skin Problem
Reader Question: Dog Has Ongoing Skin Problem Under Tail
Breed: Rough Collie
Age: 4 years old
Medical History: Colitis controlled by high fiber diet otherwise very healthy
She has an ongoing problem under the base of her tail. Gets sore and spots of black. I have been treating with medicated cream and powder. I try to keep the area dry. I have clipped hair and apply the cream, however, it reappears frequently
Any information would be appreciated.
--CynthiaVet Suggestions for Dog Skin Problem Under Tail
I’m afraid that it’s difficult for me to guess what might be going on with your dog based on your description – the list of potential problems is long. The area around the base of the tail is a favorite spot for fleas. Is she on an effective, monthly flea preventative like Revolution
(or its generic equivalent)? Even if you don’t see fleas (or flea poop, it looks like coffee grounds), they could still be responsible for your dog’s symptoms. If your dog is allergic to flea bites, it just takes one or two to make her miserable.
If you don’t think fleas are to blame, you could try applying something like Dermoscent
or Duoxo Seborrhea Spot-On
to the area. These products could help, and at the very least wouldn’t do any harm. If your dog’s condition doesn’t improve soon, I recommend you make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM