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On my dogs back right paw he has a hairless patch. Maybe a

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On my dogs back right paw he has a hairless patch.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: Maybe a couple of weeks. The hair has not grown back. He is a healthy and fit dog.
JA: Is his skin bumpy or itchy as well?
Customer: No
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Ted & 8 years
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

Have you noticed Ted licking or chewing at this area?

Has he ever had any skin issues in the past?

Could you please send a clear photo of the lesion?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
File attached (S5GV1G4)
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
He has licked / chewed at it but it’s not a regular thing
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
He has never had skin issues before
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
File attached (S33MVQ4)

Thank you for this information and photos, I am just typing my reply

The skin itself looks broadly unremarkable, apart from the fact that there is fur loss.

There is no obvious evidence of e.g. an active infection or a foreign body reaction.

We would consider:

  • A fungal infection such as ringworm

  • A mild bacterial infection

  • Over-grooming due to stress, boredom or joint pain

  • An insect bite or sting that caused irritation and an urge to lick/chew

  • Parasites

I would suggest bathing the lesion with dilute Chlorhexidine (Hibiscrub) which can be purchased without prescription from any chemist. Dilute 1:10 with water and ally with cotton wool Leave on for 5 mins and then rinse. Do this twice daily for 5 days. It can help remove yeast and bacteria.

It is also vital that Ted cannot lick or chew the area at all, so use a buster collar to protect the skin. Many dogs choose to lick when we are out of the room e.g. overnight, so this step is important.

The fur should grow back slowly over several weeks and keep an eye on the skin. If it becomes red or abnormal, if Ted seems very irritated by it or if the fur is not growing back, a vet visit would be needed .The vet may perform some tests such as a skin scrape, swab or fur pluck to determine what is going on.

I hope this helps and please let me know if there is anything else,


Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Thank you that’s very helpful. We will purchase the Chlorhexidine.

Very happy to help and please feel free to keep me updated as this window will remain open for several more days.

Take care!

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