Sores on Dog Back


Picture of one cluster of “holes”

Picture of one cluster of “holes”

5 yr old cattle dog mix had a bath with aloe shampoo last Sunday and turned up with scabs on back that appear almost like puncture wounds. Dog is up to date with flea/tick/heart worm meds. We do live on horse farm with many indoor/outdoor cats. Location is central NJ

Editor Suggestion for Treating Sores on Back

Given that your dog developed scabs after having a bath with aloe shampoo, it's possible that they may be having a reaction to the shampoo, even if they've used it before without issues. Dogs can develop allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients over time. Alternatively, these scabs may result from a different cause altogether.

Some possible causes could be:

Allergic reaction: As mentioned, your dog may be allergic to the shampoo, resulting in skin irritation and scabbing. This could occur even if the dog has used the shampoo before without problems.

Flea or tick bites: Even if your dog is up-to-date on flea and tick medications, these pests can still bite the dog before the medication kills them, causing scabbing.

Mites or lice: These can cause skin irritation and scabbing, though they're less likely if your dog is primarily indoors.

Fungal or bacterial infections: These can cause sores that scab over.

Physical trauma: If your dog has been playing roughly with other animals, they may have gotten small wounds that have scabbed over. Given your location on a horse farm with indoor/outdoor cats, this could be a possibility.

Other skin conditions: There are many skin conditions that could cause scabbing, such as dermatitis or even autoimmune conditions.

Given these various possibilities, it's important to get your dog examined by a veterinarian, who can accurately diagnose the cause and recommend the appropriate treatment. In the meantime, try to prevent your dog from scratching or licking the area, as this can make it worse. Monitor your dog for any changes in behavior, appetite, or other symptoms that could provide more clues about what's going on. Do not attempt to remove the scabs yourself, as this could lead to infection or other complications.

Remember, it's always better to consult a professional when it comes to the health of your pet. Our thoughts can give you a starting point, but it cannot replace a vet's assessment.

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

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