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Scaps under front armpits
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Scaps under front armpits

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?

Thank you for your help.
Type of Animal
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Dog
Age of Animal
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7
Sex of Animal
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Male
Breed of Animal
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Westie/Jack Russell Mix
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
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August 01, 2009
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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.
Good luck,
Kimberly Coyner, DVM DACVD
www.dermvet.com
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