My toy poodle keeps scratching and licking her breasts and vulval area and now they are red and sore.She has been spade a year ago as she is a rescue dog. She saw a vet 3 weeks ago and had 2 teeth removed.
Itchy skin can be due to a bacterial or yeast skin infection, skin parasites, or skin allergy (to food or environmental allergies such as pollen/dust, and occasionally contact allergies to things like carpet powders). Scratching at the area then makes the skin inflammation worse. Was the itchy rash present when your veterinarian looked at her 3 weeks ago? I recommend taking her back to your veterinarian for recheck exam; they can take samples of the rash to look for infectious organisms and prescribe appropriate therapy. You can also bathe her with a soothing mild oatmeal shampoo and put a little T shirt on her (or elizabethan collar) to reduce scratching and licking/further self trauma until you can get her in to the vet.
Kimberly Coyner, DVM DACVD
Dermatology Clinic for Animals of Las Vegas
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