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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Sudden Irritation

I don't understand how this happened, but...seemingly out of nowhere, Gabe has a HORRIBLE irritation on his neck. It was horribly raw and weeping around where his collar sat. We were just playing outside and all of a sudden he started acting upset.

I took him inside and took his collar off, and it looked horrible! He didn't want me to touch his neck and kept trying to hide and scratch.

I clipped the hair around the area and cleaned it (quite a lot of hair came off when I was cleaning his neck up). It has since scabbed up and seems to be healing alright, but I am just shocked at the suddenness of this.

Could this be an allergic reaction? Can a dog develop an allergy to nylon?

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It was most likely a large hot spot. They appear very suddenly and once cleaned and aired out, usually heal just fine. It was probably the moist dark area under the collar that allowed the bacteria to grow and form the hot spot.

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It sounds like an abscess that burst.

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Do you always keep the collars on? I agree with Elaine in that it's probably a hot spot. Because Ky's a long coat, she only wears her collar when we are not in the house or the backyard. And, since she swims all the time, I also take the collar off then.

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No, he doesn't wear it all the time. Mostly just when we're outside.

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HMM ... something different in diet in the last couple of days? I'm reaching b/c if it's not a wet collar / bandana or something, I'm not sure either.

Hallowe'en costume??

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HMM ... something different in diet in the last couple of days? I'm reaching b/c if it's not a wet collar / bandana or something, I'm not sure either.

Hallowe'en costume??
I haven't added anything new to his diet (this weak, it was chicken, pork and tilapia), and we didn't dress up for Halloween. I don't put clothes on him or anything, and it's ONLY where his collar was.

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What's it made of? My Dachshund has a metal allergy and can't have a metal clasp on any collar.
It might have gotten wet under the collar, or the collar itself got wet, if it's nylon.
I personally like leather roll collars for coated dogs, especially longer/thicker coats, they are less intrusive than nylon or polyester collars.
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It's a nylon collar with a plastic buckle. That's why I thought maybe it was a nylon allergy, if that's possible?

And I don't know. The collar wasn't wet when I put it on him, and I know dogs don't sweat like people, but we were playing really hard...maybe it got too hot under there?

I actually just ordered a leather collar for him, but it hadn't come in yet.

Timing, huh?

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Could have just chafed him real bad, too. Hard to say...but yeah, I'd go with leather as opposed to synthetic, they tend to "breathe" a bit more

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