Last month, Sydney started showing irritated skin in the armpit area of her rear legs.  So I guess that's the rear leg pit area.  Whenever our dogs start showing irritated skin, I start running through the list of what could be happening…

  • allergies to something she came in contact with inside (carpet freshener, air freshener)
  • allergies to something she came in contact with outside (grass, dirty water)
  • allergies to food or treats

I started wiping down her armpit area to make sure they were clean, and it cleared right up.

Then this week, Sydney was dragging herself all over the carpet.  When I got down to her level to let her know I wanted to help, she came to me, ears back and let me roll her to her side, and that's when I saw that she'd rubbed her vajayjay raw – it was bleeding (from the carpet drag).

How Did I Miss This?

It's not like she can say “Hey Mom, my legs, and vajayjay started feeling itchy after….”  Nope, our dogs can't tell us what's happening.  It's up to us to know what's wrong and when Sydney started scooting on the floor like a mad woman, I knew something was wrong.

Why do our dogs get sick after the veterinarian office closes?

My Next Steps

  • I didn't panic.  Which was quite unusual for me; but I've learned that panicking never helps.
  • Corral the other dogs to give Sydney some space.
  • Gather the supplies: a warm, damp cloth, tissue, Witch Hazel, and Aloe Vera gel.
  • Don't research on Google until Sydney is cared for and comfortable.

A Home Treatment for a Dog's Irritated Skin

I wiped down Sydney's arm pit area and her vajayjay with the damp cloth to clean the area up.  I'm looking at this as a collection of bacteria that's irritating her skin.  What I noticed is that Sydney had some sticky stuff in the hair of her vajayjay – I don't know if it was just a collection of dirt or if she sat in something (my boyfriend is rebuilding a TransAm in the garage).  Either way, it may be the cause for the irritation, so I cleaned her up down there (and she let me).

When she was completely clean, I did a second wipe with the witch hazel in her arm pit area and vajayjay, which relieved itching almost immediately, cooling the skin.  Since Sydney was going to bed soon, I also put coconut oil on her vajayjay to soothe the rawness of the skin in the area.  I wouldn't apply coconut oil in the morning, because it would attract dirt to an area that needs to stay clean.

Sydney went to bed with 3 Benedryl (1 mg per body weight).

The Next Morning

Sydney's armpits and vajayjay were looking a lot better and the following evening, even better.  The mad itching she was doing the night before was over.  I'm calling our veterinarian later today to ask if she'd like to see Sydney.

2016 Update: How I Stopped Sydney's Rashes

Sydney hasn't had a rash in nearly two years, because I've learned a few things about dog health and nutrition that helped.

Sydney currently eats a raw food diet.  I feed her and our other dogs (we now have four) based on the FrankenBARF model, which means I feed BARF, Prey, freeze-dried, dehydrated, commercial, and homemade.

I added digestive enzymes and probiotics to her diet.  I have learned that a healthy gut leads to a healthy dog, and a stronger immune system can combat allergies.

I naturally treated Sydney's yeasty skin.  When Sydney had a rash on her tummy, vajayjay area, or armpit area, I'd wipe it down with a mixture of Braggs apple cider vinegar and water (50/50 mix).  Then rub the area down with extra virgin coconut oil.  The area would be cleared up the next morning.

I did this every time a rash appeared and after a few times, it stopped and never came back.

An Updated Shopping List

Thanks to the people who commented sharing that Vaseline isn't a great idea for dogs.  Although I only used it once to soothe Sydney's dry skin, I understand now that it's not safe for dogs to lick.  We used witch hazel and aloe 2x a day after that first evening with great success.

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