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Baggins' Bites: Red Welts Begone!
September 21, 2010
Dear Dog Lover,

Abracadabra! Red Welts Disappear!

Last month I mentioned my new rescue pup Sammy had a lot of red welts on his groin area.

He was chewing himself raw in some areas!

I put some aloe on the irritated areas and cooled tea bags. (The tannins in the tea bags have a soothing effect on the skin and help to heal it.) But I'll tell you what, Sammy wasn't thrilled with either treatment.

I also used homeopathic drops in his water. They're called Urtica Urens--made by Boiron. That was easier than wrestling with him to apply anything to his irritated skin.

Something worked because the spots cleared up!

Now, I'm not sure that they were diet related but here's what he's been eating.

Since early August when he came to live with me, he's been on Taste of the Wild Roasted Fowl (Kirsten, his foster mom, had him on the salmon variety but the store was out of it when I went to get some.)

He gets a scoop of Dr. Jones canine supplement and roughly a tablespoon of olive oil on his kibble daily. Last week I made a salmon and sweet potato cake so he ate that instead of or mixed with his kibble for a few days. I alternated mixing it with kibble and just giving it to him instead of the kibble.

His skin is still a little flaky but the spots have cleared up and his coat is gleaming!

Thanks to everyone who responded with suggestions for his spots. Several of you said you dealt with red welts on your dogs and you’d used Neosporin. Others said you’d used tea tree oil. Reader Chris Grayling recommended flaxseed oil.

As you can see, you can have success with any number of different solutions. Of course, if you find red welts on your dog’s skin frequently, you’ll want to get to the bottom of it.

Here are a couple of ideas:

1) Have you changed food recently? If your dog suddenly develops raw, red spots and you’ve just changed food stop using it. Switch back to the previous food and see if that clears up the spots. To soothe the skin while they’re healing, you can use tea tree oil or cooled tea bags.

2) If the food isn’t the issue, maybe your dog is showing signs of a flea allergy or maybe he’s highly sensitive to mosquito bites. If you suspect this to be the case, protect him from fleas and other insects with a flea treatment.

Dog groomer Chris from Colorado recommends a natural treatment called Cedarcide. I just got some of this for Sammy. It’s safe and supposed to be very effective!

Reader's Write

Boy, the responses to dog’s marking in the house were plentiful! Thanks for sharing your suggestions!

A quick recap, in July, reader Gail in Arizona who volunteers for a local Schnauzer foster wrote in and said she wraps her living room furniture in saran wrap to protect it from territorial marking when a new dog comes into the mix.

Pam Newport said she uses a sticky type of plastic found at home improvement stores for the back of her truck to protect the upholstery from dog hair.

And in August, reader Chris Grayling chimed in about using belly bands or diapers on her fosters.

“…EVERY time I bring someone new home, I simply put a diaper on them or a belly band… We have half a dozen belly bands and diapers in assorted sizes and I recommend them to anyone who brings home a new dog.”

If you’re not sure what Belly Bands are, it’s a washable piece of cotton that goes around your male dog’s body at the, ahem, critical juncture. It soaks up the liquid and you can just throw it in the wash.

Apparently, the girls are more ladylike and save themselves for outside ;)

Dog Treat Recipe

Here in Pennsylvania, the leaves are starting to turn and apple orchards are harvesting fresh apples.

I made these cinnamon apple pupcakes for Sammy and his new housemate, a lab named Chester.

Apple Cinnamon Pupcakes

Yours in Treats and Good Health,

Jen & Sammy

In loving memory of Baggins

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