Dog With Red Circles on Abdomen

by Reader Question with Reply from our Veterinarian

Reader Question: Our dog's name is Jaggar, he is almost 2 years old and he is a miniature pinscher/fox terrier mix. We noticed last night that he had a couple of red spots on his abdomen, one is about 4 centimeters and the other 2 are about 2 centimeters, they are bright red around the outside and no color on the inside.

He was outside all day with my mother inlaw and she was planting flowers, she said he was playing in the dirt as well. At first, we thought it was ringworm but he isn't itching it or anything. He doesn't even seem to know its there.

We would appreciate any feedback that you may have, thank you.

Suggestion from our Veterinarian Regarding Causes of Red Spots on Dog Abdomen


Ringworm is one possible cause of lesions like those you describe. That condition is often not very itchy for dogs so you can't rule it out based on that. Other possibilities include bug bites, an allergic reaction, irritation to something he came in contact with while outside, an infection, and more.

Rinsing off the affected area with cool water might help if he is simply dealing with a contact irritant, but if the area does not return to normal in a day or so or if it gets worse at any time, it would be best to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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