Dog Has A Bite On Her Belly That Is Red Round And Has A Red Dot In The Middle- What Is It?

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The bite on the dog’s belly is more than likely an insect bite or a spider bite. Spider bites look like targets, with the dot being the bull's-eye, this is where the bite marks would be made, and the rest is swelling. It is unlikely to cause any major harm to the dog, although it may be very irritating. A vet may be able to administer some cream to reduce the swelling and to keep the area waterproof.

What Could Be Happening To My Dog?
If an insect has bitten your dog, it may contract Lyme disease. This is a disease that can affect the skin, heart, joints and the nervous system. It is important to treat this straight away as the treatments provided improve the liver function and build up the immune system of the animal, whilst killing the bacteria. There is a chance that it is a fleabite, but it is unlikely to be ringworm. Ringworm doesn't show the target area (the puncture marks).

And If It Is Ringworm?
Ringworm tends to be raised and not flat but it would still be worth checking with a vet to make sure. If it is ringworm the vet will prescribe a medication in cream form called Miconazole. This can be applied to the affected area by simply dabbing it on. If you rub it in, the ringworm could spread. Ringworm is not actually a worm, but a fungal infection.

What Else Could Be The Problem?

The other possibility is that another dog may have bitten yours if it has been involved in a fight. Any canine antiseptic would help to treat this, and antibiotics would also help to reduce the discomfort the dog is feeling. From the description it would appear it is an insect bite but the vet should be visited as soon as possible to rule out ringworm or Lyme disease.
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It could be a number of things, but it almost sounds like you are describing ringworm (people can get ringworm) I would go to the vet for proper diagnosis, treating you pet for one thing and it being another can cause more harm than good.
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My roommate is a dog trainer. I have two dogs myself. One recently had what you are describing. Ringworm in dogs is typically not blood red rings in color. The rings will be irritated pink or red like a rash might be (they may even be accompanied by a rash) but the ring itself will not likely be "blood red." Also, ringworm areas are raised, even a little, not flat against the skin. If it is a flat, 'target' like ring with a tiny dot in the center, it is more than likely a spider bite. I work with arachnids for the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization, so I know a good bit about spider bites. Black widows can cause the ring, but if the dog doesnt appear to be cramping around the area, or in the back and shoulders area, and if the dog is not acting unusual, it's likely a jumping spider bite. It might itch, but it is very unlikely to cause anything other than mild irritation in your dog. If it doesn't fade in 48 hours or less, or if it gets worse, obviously you should take your dog to the vet.

This was a long answer. Sorry. The short answer is 'probably not ringworm unless it is raised. Probably a spider bite if it is flat and bright blood red.'
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To treat this bite, you have to be sure that it is a bite. Because it can be a result of fight with other dog, an injury due to thorny bushes or it can be insect bite which turn in to large wound due to scratching. This bite site is more prone to develop infection. It is necessary to treat this. Wash this any antiseptic lotion for canine use not for human use and give him some antibiotics designed for the dogs. You can also apply Hibiscrub. But it will be ideal to see a vet for proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
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I have been told now that it is a black fly bite. What do I need to do about this? She is 5 months old and has not been in a fight or near the thorn bushes.
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Just took my dog to vet for same thing...it is not ringworm and is not a tick. If there are several redrings in groin area and the dog was more than likely near water they are insect bites. My vet said they are may fly or black fly bites. To prevent to use Avon skin so soft put on groin area before the dog goes out near water. Hope this helps.
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Mine too has blood red rings --bulls-eye type areas on the belly, Vets says it is some kind of insect bite. Revolution did not stop the bites either. Not ring worms for sure--4 dogs got them all at once same day--same outing!
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Yaa my dog just got the same thing except when I looked he didnt have the dot in the middle, but they were still like dime-sized blood red circles. I think its black fly bites.
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This sounds very similar to ringworm.  I had a similar experience with my dog and a quick trip to the vet solved the problem.   Your vet will need to perform some tests to prove that it really is ring work and will likely prescribe you an anti-fungal to treat it!  Be careful it's contagious and humans can contract it from dogs.
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My dog has the same thing. I know that it is from black flies because I have the same thing but the swelling around the nose and eyes is really scaring me? Any suggestions?
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Sounds as if something took a bite, perhaps a insect, believe it or not flies bite so don't trust those nasty creatures either...the best to you
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My dog also has the same thing but with swollen face and hives. I have given her benadryl but my vets is closed until tuesday, I'm really worried about her, any ideas?

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