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During the day while im at work Charlotte goes to play at a neighbors house with her collie mix. They are great buds and love each other and this situation really relieves a lot of stress I have about leaving her home alone for 6-8 hours a day.

Recently her pal has come into some skin issues. Her owner thought she had hot spots (flea allergies I guess) but she has been flea treated and combed and is still bothered. They shaved down her long hair and she has these few areas she won't leave be, chewing and scratching on, that have turned into sores. Now her owner thinks she has some more generalized allergic reaction. If she was my dog she would have been at the vet already but as it is the owner wants to try a few home remeady type treatments and then if not take her in.

My question is this, if we don't really know what is causing the dogs skin irritation should I allow my Charlotte to interact with her? I am worried she might catch whatever it is, although this has been bothering the other dog for a few weeks (just not this severally) and Charlotte seems fine so far after a couple of play dates. I don't know what I would do with Charlotte during the work day and I don't want to hurt the neighbors feelings but I can't put Charlotte at risk.
 

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My guess would be that since your dog has been ok so far that it isn't contagious. But I am not a vet, nor a dog expert whatsoever! Good luck. Maybe the dog just has allergies? Or maybe the flea treatment didn't work? One year our rottie had a bad spot down by the base of his tail from fleas biting and him reacting. We treated him, it didn't go away, and he still had signs of fleas (the blood drops when ya rough up their fur, does that make sense?) So we treated with a different flea med and he cleared all up :)
 

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Conundrum it is Worm - I get sick when I hear that people don't take their fur kids to the doctor. Bad mommy.

Yea, please keep us posted...

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I had something similar with the Chihauhau that I inherited..even in winter he chewed himself (usually by his tail) hairless and raw....Vet said that it is alergic dermetitis caused by a flea allergy....so even with the fleas removed, the bites caused an allergic reaction that he kept at.....she put him on a steroid treatment that worked wonders...(his fur is thicker and better than I have ever seen it) and he isn't on it anymore...

Have your neighbor try benedryl also.....since it is an allergic reaction...it could/should help.....

anyways, that's my experience with it...keep us posted.

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Annie chewed the base of her tail raw last november (not flea season really, but you never know)...I sprayed the area with an apple cider vinegar/water mix. The taste kept her from chewing and the drying properties of the vinegar healed the sore. She smelled like salad dressing for a bit, but the trade off was worth it :)
 

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Human use for cider vinegar: dandruff. My boys would get dandruff bad, and I would use the cider vinegar on them. Read somewhere that severe dandruff was usually from a yeast, and the cider vinegar cleared it up. I always made sure to use it on weekend, so they wouldn't smell like a Caesar Salad at school.

You may now resume your regular basset programming.
 

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the vinegar makes sense.....it makes it off ph which inhibits the yeast....maybe a dollop of yogurt with the vinegar:p
 

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LOL you guys are cracking me up...the vinegar totally works, I keep a spray bottle within reach for when she gets a little chew crazy on her own body.

mmmmm...croutons.....
 

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So our buddy got taken to the vet, she has some kind of allergic reaction they just don't know what to. They gave her prednisone and special flea meds (an oral pill) and her mama has been giving her benydryl on top of that and she is doing great now. She is even feeling better enough to chase Charlotte round and round in circles around the couch.
 

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You should stop your dog because as we allow that the skin problem spreads from one to another.It can also effect your dog so please do not allow your dog to interect with her.
 

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the vinegar makes sense.....it makes it off ph which inhibits the yeast
It is not simply ph Yeast can and does growe in a lot lower ph enviroment than acetic acid ~ ph 5 which is about normal human skin PH. Acetic acid is antimicrobial where many other acids which have a much lower ph say citric acid are just the oposite.
 

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I'm certainly no expert in this area but could those spots be from what kind of food the dog is ingesting?

And on the second note: how do you apply the cider vinegar to these spots???
 
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