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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I just rescued a dog they think is about 5 yrs old, maybe part

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I just rescued a dog they think is about 5 yrs old, maybe part Border Collie, part black lab. He has a patch of fur on his lower back that is short compared to the rest and has dandruff but it doesn't seem to bother him, should I try an oatmeal bath first?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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An oatmeal bath should be soothing but when you see skin changes in the saddle area - the lower back - a flea saliva allergy should be your first consideration. I would follow the oatmeal bath with a topical flea spot-on such as the over the counter Advantage, Frontline, or one of the newer prescription topicals available from your vet.
I have to assume that Flyer has nibbled the hair in that area short and irritated the skin to the point that it has become dandruffy. If you notice more of that behavior, a vet can prescribe a short course of a corticosteroid such as prednisone which will break up the allergy to flea saliva.
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