My dog has scaps under his armpits and itches there. We brought him to the vet because he wouldn't stop itching under one arm and the color of his hair went from white to brown. She gave him antibiotics and antihistimine and some special shampoo. It seemed to work, but he still gets these scabs under both armpits. What can we do for him?
The itching/scratching with resultant scabs and prior bacterial skin infection are secondary to an underlying allergic cause, such as to grass/pollen/dust, fleas, or food allergy. If antihistamines are helpful, you can continue them, as well as a weekly mild shampoo. A baby t-shirt can help reduce scratching and self trauma. Make sure he is on good monthly flea control. You can try a NeoSporin antibiotic ointment on the scabs twice a day, but if they persist, then he would need to go back to your veterinarian for more antibiotic pills. If this symptomatic therapy is not helpful enough, then the underlying allergic cause will need to be identified and treated.
Kimberly Coyner, DVM DACVD
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