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A. Place an e-collar (cone) on her to prevent excessive licking. Keep the area clean and dry. If the rash does not resolve, see your veterinarian.

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The skin that surrounds a dog`s vulva can develop rashes just like any other area of the body. Because the vulva touches the ground whenever a dog sits, it frequently comes in contact with irritants, allergens, and insects that may bite. Parasites or skin infections can also cause rashes around a dog`s vulva.
If there are no cuts or open sores on the groin, you may also apply non-scented lotion or hydrocortisone cream to the affected area. Do not apply hydrogen peroxide or any other substance that will sting or irritate the skin. In some cases, applying oatmeal on the afflicted area also helps.
A daily vinegar and water wipe down might be necessary for the dog who has chronic yeast infections. If her skin is dry and irritated from excessive licking, 100% coconut oil from your kitchen can help soothe her skin. It is okay if she licks the coconut oil off, you just may need to reapply.
redness and swelling of the labia and skin surrounding the vagina. excruciating itching or burning. clear, fluid-filled blisters. sore, scaly, thickened, or whitish patches (more common in chronic vulvitis)
Vulvar dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that affects the area around a dog`s vulva. It is characterized by redness, itchiness, flaking skin, and hair loss in the affected area. The condition can be uncomfortable or even painful for your pet as well as unsightly if left untreated.
Vaginitis. Both intact and spayed female dogs can suffer from inflammation of the vagina or urogenital tract, which will make the vaginal area red and swollen. Vaginitis that occurs before puberty will often clear up after the first heat cycle, otherwise treatment will depend on the cause.
It`s not advisable to use over-the-counter or human creams for your dog. However, Vaseline is an exemption. Make sure that it`s fragrance and paraben-free. Other exemptions include A&D and zinc oxide ointment.
Baking soda, probiotics, and antifungal creams are just a few of the home remedies that can help relieve your vaginal itching. Douches and feminine hygiene sprays, however, are not. Vaginal itching can be a symptom of many conditions.
MONISTAT CARE® Instant Itch Relief Cream provides fast relief for itching and irritation around the vaginal area. Instead of just numbing the itch, like many creams do, our fragrance-free Instant Itch Relief Cream contains 1% hydrocortisone to stop the itch instantly.
Recovery from vulvar conditions may take weeks, months or longer. Generally, treatment for vulvar conditions aims to ease the symptoms while healing takes place. It may speed recovery to use a number of treatments at the same time, rather than one after another.

Zinc oxide (Desitin®) ointment or Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline®) may be applied to the affected area. Vegetable or coconut oils may be applied to the skin for protection. ∎ Gold Bond® or Zeasorb® powder may be applied to the area 1-2 times daily to help absorb moisture.

Vulvar dermatitis happens when the vulva becomes red, painful, and itchy. Dermatitis can be caused by heat or wetness or can be a reaction to scented soaps, powders, creams, toilet paper, spermicides, or clothing. A skin condition, such as eczema, also can cause dermatitis.
Sudocrem. This can be used in dogs and cats in small amounts. Sudocrem contains zinc-oxide which is highly toxic to birds. Zinc-oxide is also toxic to dogs and cats if ingested in large quantities, but applying a thin layer of sudocrem to sore or irritated skin is generally safe and can be beneficial.
For those whose dryness and itching comes from an external source or lifestyle factors, your doctor may recommend you stop douching or, if possible, change medications. Dabbing a little bit of vaseline petroleum jelly, coconut oil or even Crisco vegetable shortening on the dry skin area can also help heal itching.
Petroleum jelly is a wonderful moisturizer to use on the vulva after bathing and can be used anytime for comfort. Do not use petroleum jelly with condoms—it can break down the condom so it gets holes in it.
The only way to know whether you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection is to be tested for them by a qualified medical professional. Many common ailments such as diarrhea or pneumonia can be caused by either bacterial or viral infections.
Jock itch.

This is a common and treatable skin condition that`s caused by a fungus. It`s especially common in athletes because the fungus thrives on warm, moist skin that`s covered with tightly fitting clothing. A common sign of jock itch is a red, scaly, and incredibly itchy rash, which can develop on the: Genitals.

If your pupper has skin irritation that`s making him miserable, you might have a quick fix in your medicine cabinet. You can use hydrocortisone cream on your dog in most cases. Like in people, it helps treat mild rashes, itchy skin, and bug bites in canines, too.
Whether she is in heat or not, if she needs a quick wipe, a wet washcloth or wet wipe for dogs will work wonders. She will lick her privates clean when she knows they need to be cleaned, but if you`d like to wipe her after going potty, a wet wipe is an easy and efficient way to keep her clean from front to back.
What not to use Sudocrem on? If you have very sensitive skin or deal with skin issues such as rosacea, then you may find that the benzyl alcohol in Sudocrem can cause irritation, making dryness and redness worse.
Antibiotic ointment

Commonly used by humans for minor cuts or scrapes, this would be a personal care product that may be shared with our furkids with similar types of injuries. Some examples of this ointment would be Bepanthen First Aid Cream, Neosporin Original Ointment or Dermacyn WoundCare Hydrogel.

To help heal minor cut, broken or burnt skin

Sudocrem is a great treatment for minor cuts, burns and scrapes as it acts a protective barrier to prevent infection and bad bacteria from entering the wound. It`s also formulated with zinc which recent studies have shown it to speed up the healing time of wounds.

Eliminate anything that could be irritating your skin, such as detergents and soaps, dryer sheets, talcum powders, and skin creams. Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear, and avoid synthetic materials. Don`t use vaginal sprays or douches (unless your doctor has recommended it).

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

Q. Our 6 yr old Pitt retriever mix got a small mast cell tumor removed from her chest 3 days ago. Today she has a rash near the incision site, thoughts?
ANSWER : A. Mast cell tumors tend to release histamine to the tissues around the tumor, sometimes that can cause itchiness and rash around the wound, even bleeding called Darier’s sign. If they removed enough tissue around the tumor calm down and go tomorrow to your vet that possibly will give you some tablets to improve that reaction, normally steroids.

Q. My cat has a major rash on her back it looks like red bumps an some have even turned into scabs.
ANSWER : A. Skin disorders can be particularly vexing to diagnosis and treat. One of the most common causes of skin rashes in cats is allergic dermititis caused by the bites of fleas. Some cats are very sensitive to the bite(s) of fleas and will react with excessive itching, scratching, and scabby bumps particularly on the lower back and nape of neck. Finding fleas on your cat is a pretty good indicator that fleas are causing the skin irritation. Unfortunately, NOT finding fleas doesn’t rule out an allergy to fleas, as it takes only one bite from a flea to cause a reaction in sensitive cats. Moreover, there are many other possible causes for skin rashes in cats, including thyroid disease, fungal diseases, bacterial or viral infections, and irritation from chemicals in the enviroment (scented litter, fabric sheets, air freshners, floor and carpet cleaners, etc.).
A trip to the veterinarian is your first step in treating skin disorders. Your vet will examine your cat, checking for fleas and other external parasites and also looking at the distribution pattern of the rash which will help your vet to determine what might be causing the rash. If necessary, your vet may take hair or skin samples for analysis. Blood work may also be necessary if your vet suspects thyroid diseases or another metabolic disorder.

Q. How can I keep my 14 year old Yorkie from snapping at the younger ones?
ANSWER : A. It’s all about management. Do not allow the 7yo’s to interact with your 14yo unsupervised. You should be there each time they interact so you can redirect the 14yo’s attention onto some toys, or onto some treats when the 7yo’s are around. It sounds like you need to help your 14yo make positive associations with being around the younger pups. You should be trying to feed him treats each time he interacts with them, and doesn’t snap at them. Pet and praise him each time he is around them, or any time they are near. As I said, keep the separated when you cannot supervise their interactions because if you aren’t around when he is snapping at them, you could end up with a fight on your hands.

It could also be that they spend too much time together. Imagine spending 100% of your time with somebody, day in and out, doing everything together… including going to the bathroom.. that might bother anybody. I think you should give them more time apart from each other. Take them all on separate walks, separate them to play with them individually, separate them when you take them to potty, separate feeding times in separate rooms, etc. This can help alleviate the stress your older dog is feeling due to living closely with other dogs. You should always be giving individual activities in a houseful of dogs anyway.. when you expect them to get along 100% of the time, that’s when you find trouble.

Q. Female dog smells like fungus around tummy & vulva area & it’s dark & won’t wash off. She smells bad even after bath.
ANSWER : A. This is a classic sign of a yeast infection that has caused some vaginitis (inflammed vaginal tissue, looks like dark areas).

You will need prescription anti-fungal wipes and oral anti-fungal pills (if severe) to help clear up this infection. Schedule an appointment with your vet and this should be easily diagnosed and treated appropriately.

However there may be a conformational issue that is causing this, so your vet will check the vulvar flaps (Folds of skin around the vagina) to ensure they are not creating this issue.

Q. My dog has rectal rash and idk what causes the rash until now. The vet told me last time that she has beef and dairy allergy. Any advices? Thanks
ANSWER : A. Rashes can appear around the perineum as a result of food sensitivities and I recommend a hydrolyzed diet to be fed for 8 weeks with NO other foods/treats/flavored tablets in order to investigate this. If you have stuck to the diet and the condition is resolved, you can trial other food groups to investigate which cause her discomfort. If there is no change it will be necessary to run further tests and skin investigations. I also recommend you get your vet tech to check her anal glands and also give a high quality worm dose as some worms can cause anal itching

Q. I have 2 cats: male and female. My Male cat looks healthy and has normal weight, but my female cat is obese! I’m worried about her. Any advice? Thanks
ANSWER : A. I would highly recommend observing their food intake and limiting your female’s intake. Obesity is caused by overeating which is a common problem in situations where cats are allowed to eat whenever they want. I recommend meal feedings where you can separate the cats and feed them individually. This way you can encourage weight loss in your female cat by reducing her food intake.

Q. What can I do about a rash around my female’s vulva.
ANSWER : A. Place an e-collar (cone) on her to prevent excessive licking. Keep the area clean and dry. If the rash does not resolve, see your veterinarian.

Q. Rescued a dog almost two weeks ago, and now that her kennel cough is gone her personality shines!! No previous training, how should I start?

After your dog is familiar with the behavior you lured from scratch, and taught to your dog, you can start to use the “no-reward marker” I talked about. What you do is ask the dog to perform the behavior, and if the dog does not perform the behavior, you simply say your no-reward marker (choose one: eh-eh, hey, uh-oh, oops) show them the treat, put it behind your back, and BRIEFLY ignore your dog. Just turn your back for a second or two, before turning back to your dog and saying, “let’s try that again.” When you’re ready to start over with your dog, make sure you move around. If you are repeating the same cue while in the same position, while your dog is in the same position, you are likely to receive the same results. The more you move around, and start fresh, the better your chances are of having your dog listen to your cue the second time around. BIG rewards when they dog it successfully! Lots of praise and treats.

My no-reward marker is “hey.” When my dog does something wrong I say, “hey” and she immediately understands that she needs to offer a different behavior. This is clear to her. I don’t have to say it in a mean way, I simply say, “hey” in a normal tone of voice and she understands what the word means.

Once you’ve built up that connection and communication with your new dog, you can work on all kinds of fun behaviors! I personally enjoy the more zen-like behaviors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruy9UMcuGh8

I like to teach my dog fun tricks that offer her a “job” to do of sorts like object retrieval: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4iertZSva8

(object retrieval training completed; what it looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx0Dml28FGY)

Scent-games are fun too! Very confidence building. Hide a REALLY smelly treat in a box, and place that box in a line of boxes. Let your dog go in the room while saying something like “search!” or “find it!” and watch them hunt for that smelly treat! Lots of rewards when they find it!