Dog Skin Problem

by Cynthia
(Toronto, Canada)

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.


Vet Suggestions for Dog Skin Problem Under Tail

Hi Cynthia,

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 Frontline (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

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Jan 30, 2013
Collie with same problem
by: cynthia

Hi Cynthia,

Very coincidental. we both have the same name and a rough collie with the same problem. My collie is 6 years old. i have been cleaning underneath her tail for 3 years now. it never goes away completely but i am managing it with (warm water and hibitane from the vet). the spot is bald with black spots and her tail gets crusty. it also gets crusty up the line of the tail on the inside. she gets her needles soon and i may get them to scrape a bit and get diagnosed. otherwise she is healthy, she too is on a high fibre diet. she has colitis. she gets dry and soft food and this manages her stool. please let me know if you receive this email.

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