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My 2.5 year old pit bull has dry skin spots on his back and

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My 2.5 year old pit bull has dry skin spots on his back and the hair in those spots is falling out. He scratches these spots a lot.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Darren replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Darren :

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Dr. Darren :

Is your dog on a flea/tick preventative and if so, what brand?

JACUSTOMER-kiuqnjk- :

Not at this time he is not

Dr. Darren :

Are the spots red? Is there any exudate from the skin that might indicate infection? Have you looked carefully for fleas?

JACUSTOMER-kiuqnjk- :

The spots are not red. It looked like dry scab when I looked at it closely, I haven't checked for fleas recently but have never had a problem with them.

Dr. Darren :

The first thing to rule out is external parasites such as fleas. I would recommend a name brand preventative such as Frontline or Comfortis. Alternatively, dogs can have allergies that lead to hair loss and potentially a secondary skin infection. Only an exam by your local vet can confirm this and if present antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory such as prednisone can be prescribed as treatment.

JACUSTOMER-kiuqnjk- :

ok, thanks

Dr. Darren :

For something to try at home, a medicated shampoo with colloidal oatmeal would be a good option in addition to benedryl (diphenhydramine)... about 25mg orally twice daily. I believe that Frontline can now be purchased at Wal Mart.

JACUSTOMER-kiuqnjk- :

thank you

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