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, I have a male English Terrier who is 12 months old,

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Hi, I have a male English Bull Terrier who is 12 months old, he has a square bold patch on his tail which is red in colour and has two purple spots on the bold patch. what do you think this could be ?
thank you
Stacey
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 1 year ago.
Good Morning Stacey and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

This is most often caused by a staph nfection. The tail is a normal distribution for this and this bacteria is normal flora on their skin and when there is warmth and moisture possibly from licking, this will cause this, often referred to as a "hot spot". The treatment for this is as follows:

Give AJ 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 on AJ to determine the cause and then they will treat according to these results. In most cases on such a youg guy, this treatment is effective.

Does that make sense to you?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please REPLY so I can clarify for you.

Sincerely, ***** *****
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi, Dr Loretta

Thank you for your reply, I will try the treatment for AJ and let you know what the outcome will be

Regards

Stacey

Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 1 year ago.
Good for you Stacey...please let me know how AJ does...

Sincerely, ***** *****

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