by Lila Iyer
(Bangalore, India)

Chikki At 6 Months

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.

Good luck!

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Chikki at 7 years
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the info. My dog is now seven years and I wouldn't have got him to this naughty bossy personality but for a lot of help from this site.
His rash was mainly secondary infection due to flea bites. After neutering he put on a lot of weight, walks became shorter and play with strays down to zero. Flea problem automatically reduced and I had an easier time with his coat.
He still suffers from dandruff, but that is controlled by a wash of cider vinegar after bath.

Thank you all again.

skin problems
by: Anon

I'm not sure how old this post is but I thought of replying anyways in case it helped someone. I had a cocker until she passed away a few days ago. She had the same skin problems and this is common in cockers. It is due to oily skin and you will need to use a hypoallergenic shampoo to belp this. Your vet can also recommend an antibiotic (usually clindamycin) which will help with the infection. Unfortunately this is something that your dog will have to live with but it can be kept under control with proper care. Also get her thyroid checked. Hope I have been of help.

by: Anonymous

Hi there, I used Cisaflux too, and my dog ended up with horrid raised lesions!

I wonder if this is common, there is no warning on the bottle.

Rashes and Allergies
by: Lawrence

Your dog could have an allergy - to food, or something that you're washing him with. Why not try changing his shampoo to a specialised allergy-free dog shampoo and the same for his food?

If this doesn't work, take him to the vet.

He's a fine looking dog, by the way!

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