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My dog’s tail has some of its fur ripped off causing an

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My dog’s tail has some of its fur ripped off causing an irritation that appears like a cut
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did the dog rip their fur? Have you seen a vet yet?
Customer: no it’s a bank holiday in Ireland so I will tomorrow we only noticed it today
JA: Did the dog bleed at all from the injury?
Customer: There has been no traces of blood but the cut is red with an appearance of yellow
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: apollo hes 3 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Apollo?
Customer: He has had irritation with his ears but they have since cleared up we brought him to the vet for that
Submitted: 7 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 7 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Apollo.

Has he been licking or chewing a lot at this area?

Would a clear photo be possible please?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
he has been licking it and biting at it all day
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 7 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

And do you think you could send through a photo?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
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Customer: replied 7 days ago.
We have no clue what it could be
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 7 days ago.

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Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 7 days ago.

Has Apollo been neutered?

When was he last treated for fleas?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
he has been neutered but I’m not sure about when he was last treated for fleas
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Sure thing, understood.

Does he scoot or drag his bum along the ground?

Is he itchier today than he normally is?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
No he doesn’t do any of that and I don’t see him itching unusually he itches sparingly
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

I am just typing my reply now.

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

I'm sorry Apollo has developed this lesion and understand your concern.

He has licked off the fur and the skin appears red, thickened and there is a small amount of ooze.

This is likely a superficial skin infection.

Causes can include allergies, fleas, an insect bite etc.

For now, we can use a buster collar to prevent any further licking.

We can also bathe the area with salt water.

A vet check is sensible, as he may well need some anti inflammatories and antibiotics.

If this cannot be tomorrow, this should be ok.

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Thanks so much
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Not at all.

Do you have any further questions today?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
No thank you again for your help
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Sure thing and take care.

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