Is your canine companion constantly itching, scratching, and or chewing at their stomach? Have you noticed signs of irritated skin or a rash on their belly? Your poor pup is probably pretty uncomfortable, and as their owner, a rash can be alarming and the relentless itching can be difficult to watch.
Skin issues, particularly belly rashes, are incredibly common for dogs and can happen for a variety of reasons. While a rash is not likely to be anything serious, it’s important to get to the bottom of it. Skin issues can be a huge source of stress for both you and your pet. And the longer your dog suffers through this discomfort without proper care and attention, the worse the skin irritation can become.
What to look for
Rashes on your dog’s belly can present in different ways. If you notice they are excessively itching, biting, or licking their skin, a closer look may reveal bumps on their stomach. These bumps may be accompanied by red, inflamed skin and the area may be either dry or raw. These rashes can be itchy, tender, and even turn painful. Keep an eye out for anything abnormal on the skin around your dog’s tummy, especially if that area seems to be bothering them and causing discomfort. Read on to learn why your dog may be experiencing skin issues on their belly and what you can do to support their skin and overall health.
What’s going on?
Your dog’s skin is surprisingly sensitive to changes both within their body and in the environment around them. There can be several possible reasons behind the itchy rash on their belly: