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Rash on belly.

Species: Dog
Breed: Pit Bull/Great Dane
Age: 1-2 years
My 15 month old pit bull/great dane mix has recently started developing a "bruise" on his abdomen. It's centered where his navel is. I first noticed it 3 weeks ago. It's been steadily growing larger, but it's been growing faster over the last few days. It's red, not purple or blue. I actually took a picture and loaded it on Photobucket at the link here:
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f129/mswanso502/15mosbelly.jpg
Just a little more info:
-He's about 70 lbs
-He's neutered (at 5 mos old)
-We were told his back left knee joints were loose when he was 10 weeks old-he had a steady limp.
-About 3 months ago, he started limping on his right front leg. The doctor did xrays and couldn't find anything, so he's been taking Ultram as needed; maybe 3 times/week or so.
-Every once in a while, I hear him cry out in pain. I'm not sure what's hurting him though. He's always laying down when he does it, so I don't think it's his legs.
-The bruise on his stomach doesn't seem to bother him. He still runs and plays with our other 15 month old male dog. If I press on it, it does seem a little uncomfortable. He did growl at me one time when I touched it. That's very out of character for him.
Any ideas what this could be?


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

rash on belly

Thanks for a great picture. It's always hard to tell exactly what is going on by looking at a picture, but I'm guessing that this is a bacterial infection. These types of infections are really common.

They usually need to be treated with antibiotic pills that you would get from your vet. I have seen some mild skin infections clear up by using polysporin or neosporin a few times a day, but usually they need the oral tablets.

It doesn't sound like this is related to his leg problem.

It sounds like it would be a good idea to have your vet examine him and see if they can determine what is going on.

Dr. Marie.



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Customer reply:

Thank you for your response. I have also been talking to some people on a forum. They also mentioned skin infection. I will say that the rash is not raised at all. It all appears to be coming from underneath the skin. Today it's a little smaller and turning purplish right above it. Here's a picture from a few minutes ago:
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f129/mswanso502/15mosbelly3-1.jpg
I started giving him Doxyclycline (that I already had) tonight. I wanted to do something until I could get him to see the vet. Someone else mentioned a Lyme disease rash. I'm worried that it could be the problem since he's also been limping for unknown reasons. I have found several ticks on my other dog recently. I removed them, including the head and cleaned the area. I hope that's the right way to do it. I live in NW Louisiana. I'm pretty sure we're in a high deer tick area. Does it look like this could be Lyme Disease in your opinion? I always thought it to be a more round rash?


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

It does look like the area is getting smaller.

We don't usually see target lesions in dogs like you can in people with lyme disease. We can see a slight amount of redness around a recent tick bite, but nothing like what is in the picture. This doesn't look like lyme disease to me.

It's not a good idea to give antibiotics that weren't prescribed for this condition. Doxycycline is not a first choice for skin problems. Plus, if you have antibiotic left over then that means you don't have enough to do a full course of antibiotics.

If it keeps getting smaller then this is good. But, if it's not going away or starts to get bothersome then a vet visit is the best idea.

Dr. Marie.



Customer reply:

Thank you very much. I'm going to call and make an appt when they open in the morning. Hopefully it's nothing serious. I'll get him some new medicine. I didn't give him any today, just in case.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Sounds good! Feel free to post back after your vet visit if you have more questions or an update.



Customer reply:

Ok, thank you very much!


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