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Lately, Aston has been paying more attention than usual to his butt -- the past few weeks. At first, it looked like he was licking along the same path that he uses when he washes himself after a potty walk. However, he kept up with the frequency for some days, so I took him to the vet a week and a half ago. The vet expressed his anal glands, but they were fine; otherwise, she said that his flea meds might not be effective anymore (Advantix II). She said that rather than switching to a new med right away, I should use up the rest of what I have on hand, but give it more frequently than 1x/month if needed -- I just gave him our last dose on 8/11. So...
He's still been licking himself off/on this week, and nothing seemed too out of sorts until I saw this tonight (how I managed not to notice it on his walk, I don't know; however, when I did notice it, it was when he had just been licking, so it looked more inflamed):

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His left side looks normal (complete with the bald section that you can see at the bottom of the above photo), and he hasn't bothered with the left side at all.
(edit: it's a little harder to make out with the washout effect of the flash, but he has pimply-looking bumps on the right side of the lick-balding area, and another such bump on the left side of that area)

Does this look like flea dermatitis? I sense another vet visit in the future... poor buddy :(

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Fleas.

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I know I quit using Advantix on Reba because it caused her to itch etc excessively. From what I seen online and learned by talking with others it is a common side effect. Further the manufacturer wouldn't respond when I contacted them asking about it. That told me something too. If that's what has caused it then using it more frequently will only make him worse.

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Comfortis and a bath.

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Looks like fleas to me too. I would bath, switch flea meds, but before doing so you might want to take a flea comb through to see if that really is the problem. If you don't catch a flea, you might also get the black stuff they leave behind.

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Your vet seriously suspected a flea issue and DIDN'T administer a Capstar dose??? Which kills fleas that are already on the dog in about 40 minutes?

 

Wow.

 

Those sure look like flea bites to me.


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Your vet seriously suspected a flea issue and DIDN'T administer a Capstar dose??? Which kills fleas that are already on the dog in about 40 minutes?

 

Wow.

 

Those sure look like flea bites to me.

Not really "my" vet. The practice has been in apparent upheaval in recent months -- this was the vet du jour. The next time I take Aston to the vet, it won't be this place. Thankfully, I already have 95% of Aston's medical records from this place on file because of his recent re-enrollment in insurance, so I can just truck him and his backstory to a hopefully better vet :)

 

The temporary vet who was on staff yesterday wrote a prescription for Comfortis. I'll pick it up sometime today at Costco (they were out of stock yesterday).

In the meantime, I gave buddy a bath, and he was MUCH less itchy last night.

 

Thanks for the advice, everyone!! :)

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