Last night I went to do some laundry and go to the washroom. I came out of the laundry room and Dante was sitting in a pile of fur with a huge wound on his neck. My first instinct was that there was a fight (I don't know why I thought this, I was steps away with a door between us and heard nothing) so I separated the dogs and put all to bed but him (and they all thought I was some hysterical crazy lady because they were sleeping and being good doggies). My brain just couldn't comprehend it being anything else in those few minutes.
The closer I looked though he had a huuuuge wound and a lot of the fur he'd pulled out was matted with blood and scabby. And then the itchies came on hard and he wouldn't leave it alone. This all came out of nowhere, it looked like something blew up in his neck! A few nights ago he was scratching really hard and often in that same spot - both DF and I checked it out and saw nothing, no open wounds, no blood, no bites, etc and after that hour or so, he left it alone and we hadn't seen him scratch since.
We took him to the vet today who gave him a shot for his itching, shaved back all the hair and gave us some antibiotics. He's still itchy though and it's on a spot on his neck that is right behind where a cone would sit, so we can't put on the cone of shame to keep him away.
Skin issues like this are all new to us! We dealt with mange and Dante has had a bit of a problem with the skin on his stomach bugging him, but nothing like this. I don't know if the two are related (we've been dealing with the skin on his stomach off and on for a year now) or if this is isolated and it's own issue.
We really don't know what could have started it - bug bite, yeast, wet spot, scratch, etc.
Any tips on the best way to make sure it heals properly and to deal with them in the future (should they keep happening anyways)?