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Old 07-04-2015, 03:05 PM
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Adopted shelter dog has several crusty spots on skin?

Hi everyone!
A little background info: I recently tagged and adopted a dog off the euthanasia list at my local shelter. Shelter reported him to have heartworms. I took him to my vet on Tuesday and tests came back negative (sending to independent lab for confirmation). Xrays showed pathology and vet thought it was either a true negative and pneumonia only or a false negative and pneumonia. So, in the last few days I have noticed small bumps that I thought were bug bites. Upon closer inspection, they are crusty looking. What could this be? Staph? Flea allergy? Mites? Fungus? The vet didn't notice them at the time. They are growing in size and amount. Any ideas? I am attempting to attach pics...
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Wish I could help you on the health issues but it sounds like you are pursuing the best option with the use of your vets. I'll be confident they will find what the problem is and have a suitable remedy.

The main reason I was responding to your post was to say congrats on the rescue and cheers to a great relationship with your new bud.
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Welcome to the forum and big kudos to you on your rescue! My youngest was also a rescue and within a week of being euthanized when we got her out. She is the most loving and wonderful dog we could have ever asked for!

On to your issue.... I'm of the opinion that these bites/marks certainly stand out enough that I find it hard to believe that the vet overlooked them. It's could be he did not mention them as they look like they are, perhaps, crusted over and healing with scabs. Though we'll never know, it's likely your dog has spent some time on the streets somewhere, and these are also likely either flea bites, or where ticks were removed. When ticks are yanked off, sometimes the heads remain, causing infection. Hopefully, once in the shelter, he was cleaned up to a point, and these areas are just now healing up.

Transition her over to some good quality food (shelter food is notoriously very low quality containing mostly grain=filler) like Zignature, Go Fit and Free or Taste of the Wild, and some probiotics once he's over his bout of pneumonia, if that's what the vet has determined.

Please let us know how he's doing!
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I pulled him the same day he was scheduled to be put down. He is a fantastic dog and so loving. I feed Taste of the Wild and his stool is nearly solid (yay!). I do not think these are old wounds as they are growing in size and he has more than he did previously, which leads me to think it is something infectious..
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Great choice on the food! Mine get Taste of the Wild Bison and Venison, and it's good for the skin as well.

I'm not sure what to suggest on the crusty spots other than going back to consult with the vet. If they're not the residuals of old bug bites, and especially if they're getting bigger, I'm more than a little concerned. There's a LOT of good topicals for skin issues (trust me I know), and in addition to going to the vet, I suggest trying out colloidal silver. You don't need an Rx for this, and can probably pick some up at a health food place. It's incredibly versatile, can be used topically as well as ingested, and it's a great immune booster. I keep a bottle of this in our dog first aid kit. Fantastic stuff!

Thanks for the update, and I hope you come back and continue to let us know how he's doing!
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Have you, or the shelter, applied a topical flea medicine to your dogs back?
This sounds remarkably similar to what my dog went through years ago. He would develop scabs on his back and sides and they would peel away his hair and skin. In my dog's case it was an allergy to frontline. I switched his flea medicine to one with a different active ingredient and no more scabs.
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Did you ever find what this was? My dog is showing the exact same kinds of spots, growing in size and number, and I'm clueless and I cannot afford a vet right now unless it's something life threatening. My current guess is ringworm, and I'd love a confirmation.
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