The skin condition eczema appears as scaly itchy patches that can grow in size and spread to other places. Eczema can also lead to ingrown hairs (also known as ingrown toenails) and a spreading of the skin in an area where there is little or no skin. Sometimes the skin may appear red and flaky. The characteristic “butterfly rash” is the most characteristic feature of a rash upon the skin of the genital area. It is a red, scaly patch which spreads unevenly across the penis and vulva, sometimes creating a “butterfly” shape. It may be itchy and can be uncomfortable, but itching and discomfort can be alleviated by anti-inflammatory creams and lotions.
Most pets do not have eczema. Some common parts of the body affected by eczema include the face, ears, and feet. You can see eczema only when it is “flared up”. When skin is flaky or scaly, it usually means that it is dry. Pets with dry skin are more likely to develop eczema, so keeping your pet with dry skin is a good way to prevent eczema.
Usually, eczema on your penis will not be painful. Though it may be uncomfortable, you will not need to treat it. Your vet may recommend doing so if the rash is causing the penis to be in pain. Please be careful and not cut or poke your penis.
Pet parents should know what to do if their pet experiences an outbreak of eczema on the penis. Try to monitor the area. Sometimes the rash may go away on its own, and it would be best to follow-up with your veterinarian if the rash is not better after a few days. d2c66b5586