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1) Where are you seeing the pigment? 2) When was her last course of antibiotics? 3) Can you provide pictures showing the pigment? 4) Have any diagnostics been performed on these areas?
Without pictures, it makes it difficult to know what you are seeing.Often with dogs that have taken antibiotics regularly or recently, we see pigment from a fungal infection. Not all of these dogs will become itchy or even show symptoms aside from the pigmentation. If she was active during this summer in the water, this would be even more likely as the area would have been moist and warm (a breeding ground for yeast). Some dogs in these areas will have some flaking skin and it may have a smell similar to bread. One of the most effective diagnostics is to have your vet perform a tape test to sample what cells and other flora may be present in the area. If this is fungal, oral medication should help to eliminate the overgrowth and her skin will return to being pink.Another concern would be thyroid issues, but she is rather young for hypothyroidism which is common in goldens and other retrievers. If nothing is found on the skin diagnostics, it wouldn't hurt to get a baseline thyroid level on her.
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