Dogs can suffer from many types of rashes including heat rash. Summer months generally bring a plethora of skin issues in humans and dogs alike. Nearly 1 in 10 pet owner notices symptoms like chewing, biting, scratching, and rubbing in pets once the weather turns warmer. However, there is no need to let your pet suffer unnecessarily. Itching is not normal and the moment you see your dog scratching uncontrollably, you must take a look. In this guide, we will study some remedies for heat rashes on dog’s belly area. Before we move on to remedies, let us study different types of canine skin rashes and their causes.
Skin rash symptoms in dogs and possible causes
- Heat rashes-The typical sign of heat rash in dogs is little raised bumps in the armpits, groin or belly area. However, Candida can also give rise to such raised bumps. Other signs of heat rash in canines include itching or scratching, oozing pimples or boils and scabs with foul odor.
- Fleas or worms– The rash caused by flea bites or tick bites is red, angry and there may be hair loss. Dog will show distress and may even chew or bite itself excessively.
- Dust or Mites allergy– If your dog is constantly chewing or licking its paws, check for mites, ticks or fleas in the paws.
- Allergies– Itchy, sore belly, groin and armpits indicate an allergic reaction to dust, grass, food or sarcoptic mange.
- Demodectic mange– Dog will scratch at its face. He might even stick its face in plants.
- Smelly red, itchy ears- Ear mites or Candida
- Ringworm– Hair loss, raised skin lesions.
- Red spots on skin- Allergy, folliculitis, bacterial infection or secondary skin condition due to mange.
- Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, wheezing, sneezing –Atopic dermatitis, hay fever
- Scaly skin-Seborrhea, too much protein in diet, hormonal imbalance.
- Itchy patches on paw or lick granuloma caused by excess licking-Allergy, pain or other serious condition.
If you are unsure as to what is causing the rash, visit your vet. Many canine rashes produce symptoms that are similar to each other. So make sure you know it is a heat rash and not food allergy or allergy to something in the environment.
Dogs react to heat: What to do for dog heat rash
In the summer months, it is very important to keep your dog cool. Very hairy dogs can develop skin rashes and could even suffer from heat exhaustion or sun burn. Avoid keeping the dog outdoors for long periods of time. Here are some more dog rash remedies to use to heal heat rash on dog’s tummy.
Keep your dog cool
Keep your dog in a climate controlled environment. If possible, run a fan or an air conditioner. If your dog has a lot of fur, it is a good idea to trim it a bit. Bathe the dog with tepid water. For dog heat bumps and heat rash in armpits, you can apply a cold pack or some ice wrapped in a thin cloth.
Use baking soda
Make a paste of baking soda with some water and apply it all over the heat rash. This will reduce itchiness and prevent excess scratching.
In place of baking soda above, you can use Aloe Vera gel. Apply the gel all over your dog’s tummy to soothe the itch and provide relief.
You can also apply 1% (OTC) hydrocortisone cream on the dog’s belly to prevent itching, oozing and irritation. Do not use this cream for more than 3 days as it contains steroids and long term use could give rise to side effects.
Dos and Don’ts for dog heat rashes
- Do not use shampoos or creams made for humans as they can be harsh on dog’s skin. Use a gentle, vet approved product for bathing your dog when it is suffering from a skin rash. Products containing oatmeal or aloe Vera are generally gentle and safe for use. Follow up with a suitable conditioner to condition the skin.
- Don’t let your dog’s fur get matted as it encourages parasites and also skin rashes.
- Do pay attention to the dog’s diet. If your dog has dry skin, feed it B vitamins, Omega 3 essential fatty acids and flaxseed oil.
- Do give regular baths to your pet.
- Do not expose the pet to extreme heat. Avoid keeping the dog outdoors in the peak sunny hours between 10 am and 4 pm.
If there is severe skin damage from excess licking, biting, scratching etc, use vet approved dog rash ointment or canine skin lotions or creams to relieve it.