How To Treat Rash On Dog’s Private Area? [Causes, Symptoms & Solutions]

If the rash on the dog’s private area is mild, you can treat it at home with coconut oil or shea butter applications. In case of severe rash, take your dog to a vet. The vet may run some tests and prescribe antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medicine, and ointments.

The types of activities dogs do, skin issues, itchy skins, and rashes are common problems vets deal with. While rashes in other areas are natural, it is very concerning when you notice that your dog has redness or rash on its private area. 

Rashes in a dog’s private area are not as unusual as you think, but if not diagnosed and treated in time, the area can become infected. That’s why I will discuss dog rash signs, causes, and treatments today.

dog with rash being treated with cone and medication

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Causes Of Dog Rash On Private Area

So, why do dogs get rash in the first place? These are the most known causes behind this problem. 

Flea Bites

Not many people agree to this, but something as simple as flea bites can cause skin issues and leads to rashes. This is why it is essential to treat flea problems as soon as you notice them on your dog.

Environmental Cause 

Environment plays a major role in our dog’s health. House pets are more sensitive to the environment than wild ones. If your dog is used to staying in most of the time, going out, and being exposed to the outside, dirt, dust, and other particles increase the chance of getting rashes and other skin disorders.

Skin Parasites

Ticks and parasite attack is as common as flea attack. Dogs can get them anywhere and at any age. Ticks and parasites breed in dog skin and spread skin disorders, such as itchiness, rash, infections, etc.

Medical Conditions

Your dog’s health issues can cause rashes to grow in various parts of its body. If your dog is already suffering from vaginitis, worms, or yeast infection, it can cause rashes to grow around the private parts.

4 Symptoms Of Dog Rash On The Private Area

Before you learn how to treat rash on dog’s private area, it is essential to recognize the symptoms and causes. Here are some common symptoms of rashes you can easily recognize.

1. Excessive Itching And Licking

One of the most common signs of rash is that your dog will rub its body against anything or lick more than usual. If there are rashes around the private area, dogs lick the area a lot more as they feel uncomfortable.

2. Red Skin/Inflammation

Excessive itching and licking lead to the following symptoms: redness and inflammation surrounding the private area. You will notice it easily as there will be red and inflamed spots on and around the private part.

3. Discharge

An untreated rash can be very dangerous. If your dog has a rash on a private part for long, the dog will be having a discharge issue. Things can easily go downhill as discharging can increase the chances of further infection.

4. Frequent Urination

 And as the infection grows, the dog begins to have the urge to pee more often. And urination with rash infection means more discomfort and pain. So you will find your dog in pain when he or she is trying to pee.

Treatment For Dog Rash

There are two types of treatments for rashes. You can provide home remedies if the case is mild. However, if the issue is severe, it is best to provide medicine according to a vet’s prescription. Nevertheless, here is what you can do to treat rashes on a dog’s private part.

Natural Home Remedies

To soothe the affected area, you can use homemade remedies such as coconut oil or shea butter, or oatmeal on it. Mild rashes usually go away after some time by using home remedies. So you can use them until the rashes fade away completely.

Dog Shampoo

There are many reliable dog shampoos available in physical and online pet shops. Many of them are known for treating fleas, ticks, rashes, and other issues all at once. You can choose one such shampoo and follow the directions correctly to wash your dog and around its private area.

Rash Cream

Some human rash creams are very effective for treating dog rashes, even if it is in your dog’s private area. However, it is best not to use such ointment without consulting a vet first.

Consulting A Vet

Vets usually prescribe antihistamines or anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory medicines in such cases. But if the condition appears severe, the vet will take swabs of the area to check if there is an underlying cause and suggest treatments based on the findings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Should you clean your dog’s private area?

Like many other animals, dogs can clean themselves clean by licking. But if the dog is sick or has rashes and other skin problems, you will have to ensure the infected area is always clean, meaning you have to clean your dog.

Q. How do you treat yeast infection in a female dog?

Yeast infection does not go away just like that. If you take the dog to a vet, he’ll suggest medicine and ointments. 

Q. Why is my female dog licking her vagina?

Dogs lick their private areas to keep themselves clean. It is normal unless you notice your dog doing that all the time and has a vaginal discharge issue. It indicates underlying issues and infections. So you need to consult a vet to find a remedy.

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Final Thoughts

Skin problems make dogs suffer much like many other critical issues. And such problems spread really fast if left ignored or untreated for long. Rashes are not unusual for dogs, and some rashes go away on their own after some time.

But if they don’t and keep showing severe symptoms, it is essential to use medications prescribed by a vet. At the same time, you need to keep your dog clean and keep the vet updated on the change of condition.

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