by Lila Iyer
Chikki At 6 Months
Hi friends, my 6-month cocker spaniel had some lesions (raised crusty spots) in the arm pit and now shows some on his neck.
He is also scratching these spots. Is this something to be worried about?
My concerns and monthly visits to his vet have begun to amuse everyone at the clinic. Also, the puppy begins to wheeze during his bath, which is why he gets bathed only once a month.
The vet attributes this to the smell of the shampoo. Is there an alternative to shampoo? I use Cisaflux.
Would greatly appreciate any suggestions. I live in India.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Hi Lila, What a little cutie!
I really wouldn't worry about amusing your vet and his colleagues. You love your Cocker Spaniel and you worry about him - it's only natural!
I would go back to the clinic and show your vet the lesions because you need to know understand what they are and what's causing them. If your dog continues to scratch he will more than likely break open the skin and infection may set in.
The shampoo you're using could be causing an irritation to your dog's skin, but it could also be a whole host of other things.
My dog, Max, is bathed only once every three months, and occasionally when he rolls in something really smelly!
As for the shampoo, I use a diluted, very mild baby shampoo when I bath him and it seems to work well - no skin problems.
I recommend the milder the better, although if your vet recommends an alternative shampoo to combat the lesions, you should use that.
Failing to rinse the shampoo out of his coat properly, after bath-time, can cause skin problems.
When you're finished shampooing, I recommend you rinse his coat several times until there are absolutely no bubbles or suds forming.
You can read more about bathing your dog here.
Take a deep breath, hold your head up high, and go see your vet and get it sorted once and for all.