Denuded Areas on One Hind Leg

by Adele
(Riverside calif)

My 16 yr old retriever mix has developed a denuded area on her lower hind leg that started a few weeks ago. No known trauma or injury and it seems to have increased in size and now developing 2nd area near first. Seems non tender when I touch it and no drainage or moistness. Newer area has some pink areas in the denuded area. Does not seem painful during walking. She has significant arthritis, especially back hips and legs, has difficulty with getting up or going into sitting position. Eats special diet due to history of elevated liver enzymes (investigation not pursued). Not sure if she requires vet attention.

Suggestion from our Editor on a Denuded Area on a Lower Hind Leg

Hi Adel,

Sorry to hear about your dog's leg problem.

Based on your description, it is recommended to have your dog seen by a veterinarian. The denuded area could be a result of several underlying medical conditions, including an infection, allergic reaction, or a tumor. It's best to have the area examined and possibly sampled for testing.

Additionally, given your dog's history of arthritis and difficulty getting up or going into a sitting position, it's possible that she may be more susceptible to skin issues due to decreased mobility and circulation in the affected area. The veterinarian may also be able to provide treatment options for your dog's arthritis to help alleviate some of her discomfort.

It's always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your pet's health, especially as they age. Getting your dog to a veterinarian sooner rather than later can help identify and address any underlying medical conditions before they worsen or become more difficult to manage.

Best to you and your dog,

Editor, Dog Health Guide

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