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Old 08-07-2016, 03:26 AM
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My dogs skin problems aren't getting better (black dots)

Hello! A few months ago I made a post for my dog wall-e looking for help w/ his skin problems. I posted a few pictures and the people that answered were correct and it was confirmed by a vet that it was just dry skin.

Lately, though I've noticed and even my sister has pointed out that it looks worse than just dry skin. I've continued washing his skin with the prescribed soap and rubbing some coconut oil on his coat to keep it nice and not dry, but it doesn't seem to be improving. I've even treated the carpets for fleas dropping salt and sucking up flea powder to kill the darn things when I vaccum the salt up. He continues to scratch though making his skin under his belly worse.

What really scared me today, though, is that my sister told me it looks like signs of cancer (like liver spots on people) and should remove him from my room because of my computer being on most of the day (the room is small) and putting him downstairs where there's lots of fresh air.

His food is beneful kibbles, he likes it a lot and it's the only kind of brand I feed him after learning how sick it can make a dog by switching it's food up a lot. I take him on three walks a day one in the morning, afternoon and evening before bed. All ranging between half a mile or less.

I also bathe him once to twice a week and have started a new regime of cleaning his ears out twice every two weeks. The normal temperature in my area is either humid, cool, or a mix of both (I live in hawaii). I have an air condition in my room that seems to be collecting dust, which I've cleaned but am not sure how much dust is in places I cant see (it's on most of the day and sometimes at night). The best place in my house is on the porch with my plants where most of the cool air flows through from outside but there are alot of bugs too.
We don't have a back yard so his outside time is during our walks or whenever he wants to chill on the porch.

Sorry if this is alot I just want to give an honest recollection of how wall-es days normally go. I'm kind of hoping that someone will tell me it's just a skin condition and I shouldn't be worried about cancer. He's going to the vet for a check up this month for sure I'm getting financial aid and god dammit i'll spend every dime on him. I love my dog.

I hope someone replys with something that'll either put my mind at ease or warn me of possible danger so i can catch it before it gets worse. Thank you if you've read this far. I'll share some pictures of wall-e now.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:03 AM
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Since your vet isn't concerned (though if you are worried, it wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion from a different vet), it might be time to change his food. Beneful is one of the lowest quality foods on the market. One of the biggest contributors to skin issues in dogs is the quality of food they're fed. Try switching to a higher quality, grain free kibble. 4Health and Taste of the Wild are just two more affordable options to improve your dog's healthy. Switching your dog's food will not negatively impact their health, especially if the food you're feeding right now is probably doing more harm than good. Give him a month or two on a new food and, if the problem is his reaction to poor quality food, you should see improvement.

That being said, I strongly encourage you to get a second vets opinion, if anything but to put your mind at ease.
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Also you could try an omega 3 supplement in his food. I add some to Samantha's food daily, and am convinced it helps.
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Since your vet isn't concerned (though if you are worried, it wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion from a different vet), it might be time to change his food. Beneful is one of the lowest quality foods on the market. One of the biggest contributors to skin issues in dogs is the quality of food they're fed. Try switching to a higher quality, grain free kibble. 4Health and Taste of the Wild are just two more affordable options to improve your dog's healthy. Switching your dog's food will not negatively impact their health, especially if the food you're feeding right now is probably doing more harm than good. Give him a month or two on a new food and, if the problem is his reaction to poor quality food, you should see improvement.

That being said, I strongly encourage you to get a second vets opinion, if anything but to put your mind at ease.
This. Definitely a food change and a different vet. I'd have a full blood panel done personally.
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I agree with everyone else. Beneful is about as low a quality as you can get in a food, so it may be contributing to the problem. But even still, I would go to another vet to get it checked out.
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Alright thank you for your opinions! I'll change his food to something more healthy and with omega 3. I'll also get another vet to check him out too. My current vet suggested giving him fish oil pills as well, but I couldn't afford them at the time and went with just heart worm pills instead. Do you guys think it'll help?
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Fish oil certainly could help, since most any omegas are cooked out of kibble during the cooking process. I get human ones from walmart. Either salmon, or one that has named fish on the back of the label (anchovy, sardine, etc..). No flavoring, and the least other ingredients as possible.

Krill oil is really good as well, but it's pricey.

Still, find another vet though, too.
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