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Unread 07-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Help... red ring on puppy's belly

while i was brushing my dog i found a red circle on my dogs lower belly. we were outside for atleast an hour today and he was playing around in the yard (i live in a wooded area in northern new jersey). i did some research online and im reading that it could be anything from lyme, ringworm, or staph infection. the area is smooth with no abnormal texture to it, just simply a red ring. i did my best to get good pictures of it.

hes acting normal and doesnt seem sick at all. he is 8 months old, about 42 lbs and a rottweiler mix. He has had all his vaccines and got his final lyme vaccine last week. he is also on frontline plus and heartguard. i plan on taking him to the vet in the morning but any feedback concerning what this might be would be much appeciated.
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i also looked at in under a black light and it did not glow, which is sometimes the case for ringworm

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Wow that must be worrisome, good thing you're getting him to the vet tomorrow.

My guess is ringworm and as you said, sometimes it will fluouresce if it is but not always.
http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+2102&aid=471
Good luck getting it taken care of!
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About two months ago my dog developed similar-looking red blotchy marks on her lower abdomen. At first there was concern that it was a staph infection and she was placed on antibiotics that didn't seem to do much for her. Further testing revealed she had a yeast infection which is not uncommon and tends to develop in the more folded areas of skin tissue. I was given panalog to use on her for two weeks and the spots did clear within that time. I agree that a visit to his vet is the best course of action and hope he feels better soon :-)
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thanks guys. i appreciate it your input. from what ive heard if it is ringworm i'm suppose to keep him out of direct contact with me... unfortunatly thats a problem because he sleeps at the foot of my bed every night. i tried to keep him quarentined in the kitchen but he was obviously upset about his new sleeping arrangements. I gave in and brought him back up to my bedroom. if its indeed ringworm then atelast we'll both have it together.

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Awww, don't worry I had an ex-boyfriend who had ringworm on his BUTTOCK. Classy (yet only part of the reason he ended up being an ex). I didn't catch it!

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Hi Lou,

Best of luck with your dog. From what I've seen, it does look like ringworm - I think as long as you refrain from petting or grooming your dog until it clears you should be good..

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Let us know how you make out at the vet. My friend's Weimeraner had a very similar rash by his genitals and it ended up being an allergic reaction. So while it could be a variety of things, it's best to know for sure!
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ringworm isn't that bad.. I got it from a kittenwhen I was 8.. it itches but a good ointment will help against it.. so itis no biggie
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good news: Shea does not have ring worm... the vet said it was probably just a bug bite and to not worry about it. He gave me a topical spray called Gentamicin Sulfate Betamethasone Valerate (for $115 it better have a name like that). Thanks to everyone for the comments.

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