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Species: dog | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 26 March 2007 05:41PM | viewed 4935 times
Q Tobi asks:

Breed: Australian shepherd-Heeler Age: 8 years old Issue: He's had hot spots on his abdomen/groin area for a few years now. They are now blackened. He has been on lamb rice diet since 2002 and it worked in the beginning but is no longer. Could this be a contact allergy since it's on his underbelly/groin area, a food allergy and/or a thyroid issue? His behavior is normal and he doesn't seem to be affected by it with the exception of the itching-licking. Thank you!

Q Our vet says: Skin problems on the belly and groin are very common and can be caused by any of the problems you mention plus many more. Skin problems often need investigation and tests to find the underlying cause; they can be difficult and frustrating to diagnose accurately. Talk to your vet about this and they will be able to take any necessary steps towards the diagnosis for you, and/or help by treating your dog for the signs he is showing as is most appropriate for him. Sorry I can't help further; I hope you find out what is causing this.

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