Q. My Rottweiler ( age6) is having skin irritation lower back above each hip really dry and she scratched itches it raw. Ay idea on what I can do?
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. A part from what Mr. Alvarado discussed I would suggest to get a good quality treatment ( best a prescription product) against fleas. That would actually the first line treatment I would try. A buster collar/ cone could be quite helpful to allow the skin to settle down. A medicated shampoo ( like malaseb shampoo for example) could be beneficial as well.
A. Place an e-collar (cone) on her to prevent further chewing. See your vet for an exam and treatment if the skin is broken or bleeding. She may require antibiotics. Bloodwork should be submitted to rule out endocrine imbalances such as thyroid conditions. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to her diet to promote healthy skin. EFAs may also decrease inflammation/irritation. Search www.pet360.com for fish oil supplements.