Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
From what you have told me, it appears that Remus is suffering from an allergic reaction that could be due to many things such as fleas, pollen , foods.
For now , follow these instructions:
- Give Remus Benadryl at 1 mg per pound every 12 hrs for 10 days.
- Apply Betadine to the areas that appear red or irritated every 8 hrs. Clip away all the hair in this area. This is a skin infection called a pyoderma caused by the irritation. These can both be purchased at the pharmacy over the counter.
- Bath weekly with Malaseb or Dermaplex which will remove the scabs or flakes. This can be purchased at the pet store or online.
If there is no response, then your vet will have to run tests such as skin scrapings and cultures to determine the cause and then they will treat according to these results. Because of Remus's age, there is a chance that he may be suffering from a Hypothyroid condition that can cause these types of skin issues so have your vet test him for this. This can also be due to an Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, especially chewing at his paws. This causes a habit and a cirle effect since he chews and irritates the skin causing him to chew more and so on. Breaking this habit is difficult but keeping Remus busy by taking him for more walks, giving him long lasting toys such as a Kong to pkay with will help.
Does that make sense to you?
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