Red Spot On Dog Belly – Those who keep pets, usually treat their pets like their own children. Hence, one must not be amazed if one finds a pet owner worried or panicked on finding some abnormality in their pets. Just as they wish good for their kids, similarly it’s their wish to see their pets in sound health. For dog owners the most common and obvious reason of alarm is the occurrence of red spots on the skin of dogs, especially on their belly or under the armpit. The anxiety of dog owners could easily be judged from their frequent phone calls to the vet or visits to the internet striving to gain some information from the related blogs and articles etc. One reassuring thing for such owners is that most of their apprehensions are unfounded as they would witness later in the ensuing paragraphs.
The red spot, as we call it, is in fact a mark or a lesion that looks like a flat circular patch ranging from the size of a mole to the size of a coin or even bigger. The rashes develop over a short period and in most of the cases they don’t cause any pain or discomfort. In majority of the cases they even disappear without any medication within a short span of time. Some animal health experts are of opinion that such red spots are not in fact any skin infections but could be caused by insect bites or parasites, mite, flea etc. In fact, a dog’s skin acts as a barrier against external environment as well as the harmful organisms. Although a dog’s skin might appear thick and resistant but it is far from the reality. Infact it is highly sensitive to changes taking place within dogs’ body as well as in its surrounding environment. Rashes and spots are caused due to this sensitivity of dog’s skin.
There are many contradictory theories about the occurrence of rashes. Experts differ widely in their views about the same. The most common causes of red spots on dog belly are summarized as under: –
- It could possibly be a skin infection.
- It could be some complication of based on genes.
- It may have developed from some parasites.
- It could be an outcome of some endocrine gland malfunctions.
- It may result from hormonal imbalances.
- It may have its origin in some environmental factors.
- It could be a kind of short duration inflammation.
- It may be an allergy caused on a sensitive skin.
Pyoderma, in particular is an infection caused by bacteria. It develops in areas of a dog’s body where there is excessive moisture, especially in puppies where the skin is soft. Pyoderma spreads in hairless regions such as underarms and groins.
Dogs can be affected by these spots in a number of ways. The degree of sensitiveness of their skin decides the extent of infection. If the skin is punctured, it may pave way for the infection to creep inside the body. In case of bacterial infection there may be rashes. In some bacterial or fungal infections, Pimples looking like lesions may appear. In extreme complications hairless and itchiness can also take place. In some cases, the skin may become dry, crusty and flaky. In yet another infection called yeast dermatitis, the skin gets thickened and is characterized by changes in skin pigmentation and a musty smell.
The treatment of Red Spot depends on its cause. Proper treatment requires correct diagnosis followed by right treatment alternative as suggested by the VET.
- For treatment of bacterial skin infection, a course of antibiotics may suffice. The choice of best antibiotic may be determined through additional tests.
- For infections caused by yeast and fungi, anti-fungal medicines and shampoos are prescribed.
- The treatment of allergies is by far, the most difficult task as the medication must treat, both the allergy as well as the secondary infection that may have developed.
- A belly rash may also develop due to resistant infection. In such a case the dog owner must strictly follow the instructions of the VET, till the conditions subsides.
- Hypothyroidism, generally known as Cushing’s disease needs separate treatment of the rash and the underlying condition. Even after the rash has varnished, the vet may recommend a blood test or follow up monitoring charts.
- General hygiene needs to be maintained by proper use of medicated shampoos and scrubs on a routine basis.
Although dog owners generally follow pet-care guidelines but in case of such complications they must follow more vigil and precautions: –
- They must get their dogs regularly examined.
- The examination must be done by a qualified and experienced VET.
- In some sensitive skins the spots may spread if not treated in time.
- A dog attendant must be cautious while dealing with dogs. A direct physical contact must be avoided as some infections may be contagious
Conclusions – Red Spot On Dog Belly
Although most of the allergies developed in dogs are reported to be mild and harmless yet it is advisable to the dog-owners to respond in time lest it should convert into a complication, difficult to cope up with. It has rightly been said- ‘’ A stitch in time saves nine’’. Moreover, if a routine health checkup of dogs is conducted and strict and vigilant follow up mechanism is established by the dog owners, it may prove beneficial in early detection of any such allergies.