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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a small yorkshire terrier and she has weird circular

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Hello Dr. Gary,
I have a small yorkshire terrier and she has weird circular spots on her belly. At first I thought they were maybe dirt stuck to her belly since i have not given her a bath. However, I gave her a bath today and they did not go away !! what can it be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here is a picture
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the photo. Those spots indicate epidermal collarettes in various stages of healing These describe roughly circular lesions which start out as a pustule and then the infection (usually by Staphylococcal bacteria) spreads out from that pustule in a circular fashion. The collarette heals from the inside out; in other words the inner circle quiets down and may hyperpigment (the "dirt" you're seeing) and the rim of the collarette can stay actively infected. A minimum of 3-4 weeks and 1 week past clinical signs of an antibiotic in the cephalosporin class such as cephalexin plus an antimicrobial shampoo containing either chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide should be considered.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Stefania,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lulu. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin