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I was brushing my dog and I noticed that he has these tiny

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Hi! I was brushing my dog and I noticed that he has these tiny little scabs all over his back underneath the coat. They're not clustered you can follow them up and down his back. They're tiny, red and appear bloody (but they're not actually bleeding).
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: His name is ***** ***** 2 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about jasper?
Customer: He's been itching a lot recently. After treating for fleas and ticks and the itching continued, I started thinking maybe it could be an allergy. I've changed his diet and have noticed the itching regress but not completely. And I didn't notice these little scabs on his coat until today
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Thank you for the photos! They demonstrate a crusting papular dermatitis indicative of a superficial pyoderma - bacterial skin infection/Staph, usually. Such an infection can certainly be pruritic (itchy) but there may also be a concomitant allergic dermatitis predisposing to the infection. This is a common scenario with both flea saliva and environmental allergies; less so with a food intolerance but still possible. I would initially treat the pyoderma with an antibiotic in the cephalosporin class such as cephalexin dosed at 10mg/lb twice daily for a minimum of 3-4 weeks and 1 week past clinical signs. Shampooing twice weekly with an antimicrobial shampoo containing either chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide should hasten remission. Continue your flea prevention!

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