My female Bassett hound has developed a rash all over her belly. It is the first year she has ever had
this. She is eating the same food and drinking the same water. All of a sudden she has red blotches and bumps
on her belly and under her little arms.
I took her to the vet and he said that he has had 10 other Bassett Hounds like this, but failed to
know the answer. He was going to call a dermatologist for pets, but I have not heard a response. I live
in the deep south and the heat is very hot. I have tried everything: calamine lotion, triple antibiotic,
Does anyone a home remedy that is affective.
Thanks and help please.
My sister has a Beagle with the same problem. Her vet says it is allergies and she now gets weekly shots.
Mandy, the Beagle, is much happier and no longer has a red belly. (06/16/2005)
I melt some shea butter and add a drop or two of tea tree oil, let it cool and then rub it on my dog's
belly. The shea butter is soothing for allergies and the tea tree oil is a great natural antiseptic.
Just a thought that may be helpful; could it be a plant allergy? Basset hounds are not very high off the
ground and maybe she is walking through long grass and weeds. In Australia we have a weed called
Salvation Jane or Patterson's Curse. It is known to give dogs a rash and they can lose the hair on their
muzzles temporarily when it's in flower from sniffing through the long grass. It also gives me a rash on
my arms when weeding. Perhaps try keeping her indoors for a while with toilet outings on a lead so you
can keep her away from long grass.
A short term measure for the discomfort, to take the 'fire' out of the rash, would be 1%
hydrocortisone cream, (a light smear 3 times a day for a couple of days), which I use on myself. Not for
long term use though.
I live in TX and everyone here has allergies, even our pets! Try Benadryl to start with, 1/2 a pill at a
By suzi homemaker
My Basset has the same thing. It is a contact rash, he is allergic to cut grass. Everytime we weed-eat or
cut the grass, check out the belly, next day he has a rash. (06/24/2005)
My Basset has the same problem. The vet gave me some medicated shampoo to use and it seems to work, the
rash does not seem to bother him, but I still use the shampoo and bathe him at least once a week. I was
told that it could have to do with stuff that they use on the grass, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
Our vet just gave our little Dachshund Mishka II a spray for her scratching an its called Malaseb made by
DVM Pharmaceuticals. Their email address is:
This spray says it's also for cats and horses too. The spray cost is about
$ 8.00 for a 8 oz. spray bottle and it seems to be working. I also noticed that when she goes out in the
yard an rolls around in the grass she comes back in an starts scratching. (03/17/2006)
A very good home remedy is calendula ointment. Apply 2 times a day to infected area using a thin coat.
Also vitamin E, 100 iu, per 10lbs of body weight 1 a day along with vitamin C, 100 mg, per 10lbs of body
weight. This is an all natural remedy and it works. I have a Dachshund who gets rashes from grass on her
chest mostly in summer and after it rains. A good oatmeal bath and calendula will work. (08/19/2006)
Animax has cured any skin condition my dog has ever had. She had a rash on her armpit once that was so
difficult to get rid of, the vet even did a $200 biopsy on it. In the end, Animax ointment tube for about
$5 ended up getting rid of it. I've used it on other rashes she's gotten here and there, and it's cleared
it up well. (05/01/2007)
Our Cocker just recently had the same problem and our vet told us it was a skin infection. He gave her
antibiotics and it cleared up. (09/10/2007)
I have a 1 year old Basset with the red bumps under her armpits and I do believe it's from laying out in
the grass so much. I have had other Basset Hounds get this too and it's really not a big deal. She only
gets the bumps in the summer time when its really hot and eventually it goes away on its own. Does not
bother her, just me. There really is not much to do about it except I wash her really good on her arms
when I bathe her and just try to keep her clean because dirt can accumulate under her arms. I take a warm
and cool wash rag with some very mild soap and wash her pits. Its just a little grass allergy.
My Basset Hound has allergies too. We tried all different foods and have kept her on Benadryl. I work at
a pet hospital so we have done a lot of trial and error with her. In the end, I got her allergy tested
and not only was she allergic to grasses, pollens and mold, she was also allergic to rice! Rice is in
every dog food. I have her on a special high protein, grain free diet and she is doing a lot better. She
still has flare ups, but I rub her down at night with Stop Itch wipes and it really helps. (06/13/2008)
You can try rubbing Neem tree oil on the rash and give your dog Neem tablets. It is a natural product and
has anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties that help in fighting against skin
imbalances. It is also used to deter mosquitoes, fleas, flies, ticks, mites, and lice. (09/28/2008)
Rather than believing a dog is allergic to grass, I would tend to look to irritants in the home. Dogs do
most of their laying on the floor of your house, maybe chemicals in the carpet or cleaning agents used on
the floors or deodorizers, disinfectants, and such. Just seems more reasonable than an animal being
allergic to the natural world things. (11/22/2008)
You need to be very careful about what you apply topically to your dog, as they will lick and ingest
whatever you're putting on them. So if you can't take the medicine by mouth, you shouldn't be putting it
on them! Zinc ointment, for instance. (12/30/2008)
How about mites (mange)? Did they do a scraping? (02/09/2009)
My boyfriend had a dog with a rash and scabs all over it's body. I used mineral oil on it and the rash
went away. Took about 2 weeks or so, but it went away and didn't come back. Hope this helps. (08/01/2009)
My Dusty had terrible rashes that she would chew incessantly. She was to the vet, got shots, pills,
cream, but nothing helped. She had to wear a bonnet so she wouldn't chew. I tried eliminating things
one by one. I found the culprit. It was dog chewy sticks made in China. I eliminated them and she has
had no problems since. I tried once to bring them back and the rash appeared again. Hope this may help
I took my Basset to a dermatologist. I had scratch tests done. He's mostly allergic to local pollens,
dust, dust mites, and molds. The treatment is weekly medicated shampoo, leave on lotion, anti-
histamines, anti-fungals and weekly allergy shots. I hope this helps him. Other Bassets - get
dermatological help. (11/23/2009)
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