How are you all doing? I hope all is well. Before reading this I must warn you... Please be aware that this is my first time fully owning a dog. He picked me to be his master/owner, which I know can bring much joy to ones life but I worry so much about him as I want the best for my little guy. It's as if I'm a new parent and every experience is completely new to me and I'm not sure what to do. So please bare with me. Here goes...
I am in need of some help... My 4 month old puppy has some type of rash on his belly (Near his family jewels) and right where his front and hind legs meet his body (armpits?)
He has these little pink/red dots/bumps around these so called "hot spots"
When he begins to scratch himself he goes to town to the point he starts whining. I try to keep him occupied with something else so he leaves it alone but its tough watching him like a hawk.
I've taken him to the vet and I was informed he might be allergic to Chicken so change it to Lamb? I thought it was fleas at first but I never seen fleas do this much damage. He recently got his first treatment for fleas and will get another in February.
What could it be and how am I able to help him out? Change his diet? Is it too hot or too cold in the house? We have hardwood and tile all over the house, no carpet just a rug here and there but we steam clean everything with hot water, no chemicals. Everything that happens to him I feel is life threatening so please help me!
I snapped a few photos of the rash if anyone is interested.
History if needed:
I've owned the dog since 3pm December 18th 2010. So its been 3 weeks and those three weeks have been like a roller coaster. On the third day of bringing him home he didn't eat much nor did he want to drink water, he threw up outside twice then once overnight. I immediately thought it was ParvoVirus, took him to the vet he got some medication but he wanted to see his stool to see if he had worms. He didn't go bathroom for a few days while on the meds, was eating boiled rice and boiled chicken breast during that time then finally after praying so hard for his health he pooped found roundworms! Found something that looked like an elastic band that he was chewing on, I immediately grab it and bring that to the vet along with his stool that morning He got his first deworming pills and got his second a few days ago. I was upset at the breeder as she told me he had everything done up to date but I quickly didn't care about that I just wanted my dog to live!
He also had, what I thought was some type of ear infection as I understand its common among German Shepherds. His right ear was half way up the first few days I brought him home but then went right down until I brought him to the vet a few days ago to get his second deworming pills. He has a little bit of fur inside his ear that got clogged up so the vet gave me some ear drops and it should go away... hopefully. The vet looked into his ear the first time I noticed it but said there is no ear infection. I was informed by him to clean his ears with gauze so no dirt falls down and causes an ear infection which I have been doing gently since.
The breeder fed the pups some Costco puppy food, which I believe is equivalent to McDonalds, no offense to anyone who uses that, I just want top notch for my dog. The vet mentioned, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canine, Iams (in that order) are all good. Which one is best out of all? Or should I be cooking him food? I don't like the idea of trial and error with my puppy as I don't want to hurt his stomach by giving him different types of food then another rash breaks out or something worse! But I guess process of elimination is the only way?
That's pretty much everything for now. I don't want to bother you all by giving you his life story minute by minute, although I am able to provide that as I catalogue every little thing he does for reference (Yes, I know, I'm crazy and paranoid)
My parents had German Shepherds when they were raising my older sisters and brother back in Poland but they had a very large property so their dogs pretty much ran wild and they never really got sick. From what I was told it was different with dogs back then it seemed they were more healthier for some reason.
If anyone needs more information or has some suggestions, please let me know.