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Unread 07-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Default Dog has red rash/red dots on chest

For the past month our dachshund has had a itchy red rash on his chest area only, it gets very red and looks like red dots all over his chest area. He has been on Prednisone off and on for the past 4 weeks, along with benadryl. Sometimes it will go away almost completely and then usually in the evening it will come back very bad. We have taken him to the vet a few times and he has just given him a steroid. He is 3 years old and this has been the first time this has happened. We don't know what to do, he has to be allergic to something but we don't know what.
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Unread 07-12-2010, 11:24 PM   #2
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Hello Oscar welcome! I'm sorry to hear your poor dog is having these troubles. It might be that your dog is having an allergic reaction. Dogs can develop allergies at any age and they can become allergic to all kinds of things. The link below might help explain a little about different types of allergies. Sometimes it can be hard to pin down exactly what is causing the problem and if the prednisone is not giving him any relief, I think I might want to have a veterinary allergist or veterinary dermatologist have a look at him. Usually you can ask your vet for a referral to this type of specialist or you can do a search at the ACVD site at from the second link. I hope to hear he is feeling better soon.

http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/allergies.html

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Unread 07-12-2010, 11:29 PM   #3
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Thank you! Ill have to give that a try

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Are you in the UK? If so....and maybe even if not....I suspect Harvest Mites.

My terrier is 3 and for the last two summers, she has gone very itchy in early summer, scratching at her ears, chest and tummy and chewing her feet. She gets a nasty, pimply looking rash on her tummy (can't see her chest), but similarly to your daxie's condition, the vet was a bit stumped last year.

The mites are often visible as what looks like bright orange fluff - the fluff scurries if you scratch at it!! There could be a patch under his coat....try looking around nipples, tucked away under his undercarriage or under his tail, under the "armpits", in the ears etc. Don't be surprised if you don't see any orange fluff though, Nellie has had them two years running - the first time it was instantly obvious, but the 2nd time she was itchy and scratchy days before they became visible, when they appeared as delicate circles of orange fluff around her nipples.

It is worthy to note that the normal Frontline, Spot On type anti-flea and tick treatments don't seem to effect harvest mites - or at least, Nellie is treated regularly as a working dog but seems to attract mites every summer. She does spend a lot of time running through grass and hay fields though.

Don't worry.....I have a solution. Bog standard flea spray! The normal type of flea spray you buy from a pet shop for a few quid.

Nellie came down with her standard summer itchy red rash a few days ago, it looked really sore - I simply sprayed her tummy with flea spray (much to her disgust) and dabbed a tiny bit on a sore red pimply patch in her ear, then dabbed some soothing antiseptic cream on the spots. On the second day it has faded to pink, yesterday the rash had vanished. Ta da!!!

I could be wrong, but its worth a try? Nellie took steroids for a week and was still sore and itchy, before the orange fluff typical of the mites showed up....its not easy for the vet to spot.

Good luck, its rotten for them to feel so itchy with no relief isn't it.

EDIT - just noticed that the rash is only on his chest, and he's had it a month - I still think harvest mites are possible, as Nell only gets the rash on her tummy, regardless of where she appears to be itchy. It is also possible that they have been around a month without becoming noticeable. Otherwise perhaps the vet could look into an allergy to grass? His chest is awfully near the ground!! Best of luck whatever it turns out to be, come and let us know
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It it's driving the little guy mad with itching, I would say this is mange, caused by mites. Having caught mange off my daughter's cat, I can confirm that the itching is unbelievable. It used to keep me awake, or wake me up, and I would bleed from all the scratching. We took the cat to the vet and she didn't diagnose mange, but said it was an allergy. Weeks later in desperation, my daughter took the cat to another vet, who did a scraping, looked at it under the microscopic and diagnosed sarcoptic mange. From memory, the treatment is Stronghold, but for me I went to the chemist and they sold me a preparation that is also used for body lice ... very embarrassing !! It was expensive - 8 or 12 for a small tube ... and you cover your whole body with it, not just the area of itchiness. This kills the burrowing mites and then you apply it again a few days later to clobber the eggs as they hatch.

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Oh poor thing!
We are having a terrible year with all kinds of insects from ticks to mosquitoes thanks to the heat and heavy rains. It wouldn't surpirse me if it is bugbites of some kind. Also a Dachshund has their chest low to the ground so if there are any insecticides on the grass and your doggy brushes his chest on the ground he might be picking that up too.
I hope he gets better soon!
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You may be on to something there, we do have a lawn service come spray our grass. We will take him outback where they don't spray. Thank you for your help!

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My dachshund also gets bumps on chest, It comes with the change in season for him.

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