Belly Rash

Hello to my fellow Basenji owners!

I am new to the forum and have a question about my Basenji. We have a 15 month old male basenji. We got him at 7 mo. and had him neutered and had an umbilical hernia removed. Ever since then we have struggled severly with a terrible dry rash all over his belly and is moving to under his legs and he is losing lots of hair now even on his ears?? This is a list of things we have tried already….
Tried Neosporin and it takes it away but comes right back, took him to vet and was tested for flies/mites. He was then given Antibiotic and prednisone. Worked but came back. Tried "Genisis" spray. Worked but comes back. Changed his food from Eukunuba to Iams. No such luck, went back to Eukunuba. Give him bottled water now and switched vets. New vet suggested Fish oil in food. Did that, nothing happened. Going back to vet again next week. Does anyone think he could have been allergic to whatever they used to stitch him up?? First and second vet do not think so. This all started after his surgery, he was perfect before that. Help!!

Zip had a dry, flaky tummy recently but it does sound like it was less extensive than your boy's. We put some Bag balm on it. It's a thick salve and comes in a green tin. We got it at CVS and at the same we were planning to use it on their pads in case they got dry and peely-looking. But her tummy looked a whole lot better the next day. You get quite a bit of this stuff in the tin and I think it's mildly menthol-y, which would discourage licking. You could probably use a lot of it, like more than the neosporin and it wouldn't be like you just used half of the tube…
Good luck!

Has he had a full thyroid panel run? Rashes and hair loss can often be s symptom of hypothyroidism.

Could it be a fungal infection? That might require a different ointment to clear up.

And I would suggest a yeast infection… on top of the other suggestion

Digital, the brindlewonderkid (13 yrs), has a rash on his belly/groin area. It comes and it goes. Neosporin sort of helped. The regular vet tried steroids (not too helpful) the holistic vet "gave" us an ointment called Tritop. That helps, but it still comes back.

@tanza:

And I would suggest a yeast infection… on top of the other suggestion

That would be my guess as well.

Thanks for all your thoughts. We are going to vet again this next wee. I will ask about the tyroid panel. It's just very frustrating and expensive.

Both Iams and Euk have corn, many Basenjis have corn/wheat/grain allergies (as do many other breeds of dogs)… one of mine has high corn allergies
You might want to try switching to a grain free food... corn in the diet along with things like beet pulp add no value.

Anyone ever use EVO grain free dog food?

I have used it in rotation, it is a very good food. There are many, many good grain free foods out there.

Let us know if that helps if you change food.. remember however you are looking at very least a month or two before you might see a difference

I hope it does, we started the switch this morning. Boy, does he love eating now. Starting him off slow of course.

@Rikell:

I hope it does, we started the switch this morning. Boy, does he love eating now. Starting him off slow of course.

Good for him… hope that it helps

@Rikell:

Anyone ever use EVO grain free dog food?

I'm giving mine the EVO canned duck.

@Rikell:

Anyone ever use EVO grain free dog food?

i've been feeding it for years - my veterans are doing great on it.

Just for the record, Eukanuba Naturally Wild does not have any corn. And Eukanuba Lamb and Rice doesn't either.

Terry

First Basenji's

Have you ever heard of oxigen therapy? It is now widely used in human Dermatology Clinics in the USA and for horses to cats and dogs. From rashes, mange, cuts, ANYTHING! The healing process is accelerated with oxygen. The product is Vetericyn and even though it comes in human form, I have a friend who uses the animal product on himself and the skin lesions from sun exposure have shrunk. There is a website:vetericyn.com and an answer all questions. I have used it on my dog's eye and it cleared up very fast. I intend to keep it on hand and will use it on my next knife cut in the kitchen!!!! I think you will be pleased. My Buddy suddenly came up with a rash on his inner flanks and just in front of his penis. Not due to anything I could think of, not food, not fleas, not grass…..????? Just two treatments and he is not licking or scratching anymore! (it is not cheap, but since you've already been to the Dr's., what do you have to loose, it is just O2 treatment and it works.... see website...)

@Terry:

Just for the record, Eukanuba Naturally Wild does not have any corn. And Eukanuba Lamb and Rice doesn't either.

Terry

Here are the ingred for Euk Lamb and Rice, note corn meal (to me same as corn) and Dried Beet Pulp.

Lamb, Brewers Rice, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Fish Meal (Source of Fish Oil), Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp

And here is ingred for Naturally wild, second ingred is corn, for the venison and 14% at that (again note the Beet Pulp)

Venison(>14%), corn(>14%), sorghum, chicken meal, rice(>10%), barley, animal fat, poultry meal, dried beet pulp,

Salmon(>14%), rice(>14%), chicken meal, corn, sorghum, barley(>10%), poultry meal, dried whole egg, corn oil, dried beet pulp, chicken digest, animal fat

Turkey(>14%), rice(>14%), chicken meal, corn, sorghum, barley(>10%), dried whole egg, animal fat, poultry meal, dried beet pulp, chicken digest,

I guess I'm confused, because when I look at the bag (I have the Venison sitting here next to me), corn is nowhere on the list of ingredients. It says: Venison, Potato, Brew Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Brewer's Rice, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Meal, Fish Meal, Chicken Fat, Dried Beet Pulp, Potassium Chloride, Chicken Flavor, Brewer's Dried Yeast, Fish Oil, Salt, Vitamins, and a bunch of minerals…
If it's in there, aren't they required to list it on the ingredients?

Terry

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