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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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He has a cluster of black scabs that have appeared on his

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He has a cluster of black scabs that have appeared on his head - he is an English bulldog
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the English bulldog's name and age?
Customer: Leo - 5
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about leo?
Customer: Nope
Submitted: 25 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 25 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 25 days ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The scabbed lesions on Leo's head are likely to represent a superficial spreading pyoderma (bacterial skin infection) usually caused by Staphylococcus. Pyoderma can be addressed with a prescription antibiotic in the cephalosporin class such as cephalexin plus an over the counter antimicrobial shampoo containing either chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide. Leo's vet can perform a cytology (microscopic exam of a small sample of affected skin surface) looking for abnormal numbers of bacteria or yeast and may also perform a skin scraping in order to rule out demodectic mange which can underly such a pyoderma.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 25 days ago.
Hi there is there anything I can put on as a cream until we can get in to see our vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 25 days ago.

It will be difficult getting a ream through the scabs.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 25 days ago.

I would pick up one of those shampoos.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 25 days ago.

errata: a cream...not a ream...

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin