my poodle is getting dark spots on his lower back.. really worried

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:46 AM
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my poodle is getting dark spots on his lower back.. really worried

I was wondering if you guys had any idea of what these were. He is getting two dark spots(both skin and hair) on his lower back. They were a size of a penny at first but they have gotten bigger. Right now I'm on vacation and a friend who is looking after him sent me these photos. My friend says that they don't seem to bother him, and he eats/acts completely normal.

http://tinypic.com/2mpk3qyd

Thank you for all your advice in advance
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how wierd...is the hair falling out? In the photo the hair looks missing.
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Take him to a vet, you can't really tell anything from these pics. Could be endocrine, parasites, wear.. etc etc
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sparkfresh, have you figured out what the problem is?

my dog (she's miniature appricot, 5 and half years old--never been sick!) has what looks like the same thing! it's not bothering her a bit even though *i* keep touching it and it appeared very suddenly. it's been almost 2 weeks and i still can't tell if it's getting better or worse!
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I wonder if its mange...my dog is white and had a dark spot for a cpl weeks then it started thinning out and its mange. just one spot.
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now that you say that...it is in the right spot for that.
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I wouldn't have even thought about it until Glacier...and you said thats where it starts... hmmmmm
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I'm not sure this is mange. It is not itchy or painful to my dog. Nor does the skin show through--at all! Like I said, I keep fussing with it, trying to figure out what it is, but she doesn't notice a bit!

It's almost as if she's growing a different KIND of fur--it's short, dark reddish in color, and densely packed. I gave her a bath today & noticed while her fur was wet that there are 4 spots of dark fur on her back!

See pictures here: rosie_with_spots
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I'm not sure this is mange. It is not itchy or painful to my dog. Nor does the skin show through--at all! Like I said, I keep fussing with it, trying to figure out what it is, but she doesn't notice a bit!

It's almost as if she's growing a different KIND of fur--it's short, dark reddish in color, and densely packed. I gave her a bath today & noticed while her fur was wet that there are 4 spots of dark fur on her back!

See pictures here: rosie_with_spots

mange isn't itchy or painful. Most dogs will never notice/scratch. Its the secondary infections that som'times occur that are itchy...but you can have mange without a seconday infection.

Did the dog ever see a vet for a skin scraping?
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No, no skin scrapings. I plan to bring her to the vet during the week.

Everything I've read about mange involves the <i>skin</i>, which would be a necessary prerequisite for irritation such as itching and pain. At the moment, and for the past 2 weeks, the changes have been to her fur only--you can see this in the pictures. I'll continue to keep a close eye on it, especially in regards to balding.
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