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    Morning, everyone. We've got a minor problem and just wanted your guys' opinion on it.

    Remi and I were chillin' on the couch a week ago. I noticed here is a fresh blood smear on one of the blanket. Husband and I check him over, inch by inch, to find nothing wrong with him. We were even looking in his mouth. We figure maybe it was an old blood smear, so we turn the blanket over and see if it would happen again. Well, it did. Another small smear was on the blanket, so we knew Remi was bleeding from somewhere.

    Husband was smart enough to remove Remi's collar, and I was totally horrified!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :crying::crying: I give this puppy a bath once a week, collar removed, and I never noticed these wounds that were forming way underneath his chin, in a fold. There was a little bit of blood, but nothing major. I cleaned it with Duoxo pads and put some Desitin on it to help with any irritation he's been feeling. I've been cleaning it with Duoxo pads twice a day, but haven't added anymore Desitin. We have also been leaving his collar off, and just putting a harness on him during the day. It's been a week.

    Here is the wound after his bath today - (This is with his head lifted, a shot in between the folds)

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    Is it looking and healing OK? Has anyone else seen patterns like this? When should these start to diminish? Anything I could be doing better? Remi doesn't appear to be in pain and sometimes falls asleep as I'm cleaning these out for him, but obviously they look pretty sore. I just can't tell if they are getting any better or if his fur is just stained.

    We just changed to a new food, but the placement of the wounds really suggest to me this was an irritation from his collar. We now know that when we do put his collar back on, we remove it at night for sure.



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    It looks better than it did before if I can remember correctly. Didn't you post a picture of it before? Probably would be helpful for you to add it so we can compare? If it's an allergic reaction to the collar malecetic ultra will work wonders.... You are keeping it clean and dry so that is good.

    Some bullies have a turkey neck pocket when wearing a collar.... They drink and the water gets stuck in there, causing a place for bacteria or fungal growth. Sometimes it can be the plastic or metal clips along with the water that give the allergic reaction.


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    Unfortunately I was too panicked to take a before picture, so I don't have a comparison. I would absolutely describe this area as "turkey like".



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    I would leave the collar off when at home and just chillin' in the house... as Lisa stated -- water gets in there and can cause this problem. Also, curious, why are you bathing every week?
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    Tank's collar caused the same problem. Nylon collars can harbor bacteria and some dogs are allergic to nylon. I know some on here say no collar in the house, but I just don't like not having a collar with ID on my boy, should he ever get out. Our remedy to the skin problem was a good quality leather collar. No problems since! I found a rolled leather collar which work well with his thick, but short neck.

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    I don't use collars unless we leave the property, use a harness then, also, I have a fenced in yard.

    water will stain the skin red under the chin, neck and around the mouth lines. After each drink you could dry his neck and chin.
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    Thanks for everyone's comments so far. I can't fathom not having any kind of collar or harness on Remi. Because he's a puppy, we have to take him out often, and putting collars/harnesses' on and off just isn't feasible when you have to rush him out during an accident. We also don't have a fenced in yard.

    I have been meaning to get Remi a leather collar, so I will definitely do that sooner than later. Thanks, @Corlando465!

    @2BullyMama, We walk Remi often and take him to parks, so he is usually physically dirty and smelly at this point, well past just using baby wipes. We also use a special shampoo/conditioner combo to sooth his itchy skin, which has worked wonders for him. I don't feel like I'm over-bathing nor the reason for the issue he's having. You disagree?






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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlando465 View Post
    Tank's collar caused the same problem. Nylon collars can harbor bacteria and some dogs are allergic to nylon. I know some on here say no collar in the house, but I just don't like not having a collar with ID on my boy, should he ever get out. Our remedy to the skin problem was a good quality leather collar. No problems since! I found a rolled leather collar which work well with his thick, but short neck.

    We founds ours on eBay. Great price, great quality.


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    ooouuuuu I love that collar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry View Post
    ooouuuuu I love that collar
    DITTO! Just purchased. I was waiting until he was bigger, but obviously it's totally not worth it. I'll just buy him a bigger one later.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernFemme View Post
    DITTO! Just purchased. I was waiting until he was bigger, but obviously it's totally not worth it. I'll just buy him a bigger one later.

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    I bought those collars because I really like the look!! but I had to return them because they would just flip right over Diesel's head when he looked down LOL was the craziest thing and if it was any smaller it would be too tight but he seriously has no neck lol he has his big head right on top of his big shoulders .. well maybe I'm exaggerating but seems that way when trying to fit a collar for him.

    @ModernFemme - have you considered the slip lead for a fast out the door potty trip? If Remi is good on a leash and doesn't pull that would be a good and fast way to be able to slip on a lead for those gotta go now moments
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernFemme View Post
    @2BullyMama, We walk Remi often and take him to parks, so he is usually physically dirty and smelly at this point, well past just using baby wipes. We also use a special shampoo/conditioner combo to sooth his itchy skin, which has worked wonders for him. I don't feel like I'm over-bathing nor the reason for the issue he's having. You disagree?
    I should have explained why I asked, sorry..... when you bathe too often it strips the fur/skin of natural oils and causes dry skin and irritation. But if that is the only place with the issue -- it most likely is the collar
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