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My 3.5 year old female dachshund has developed these black

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My 3.5 year old female dachshund has developed these black scabs/moles on her skin on the left side of her ribcage near her front leg. They are pretty much flat and almost a little flaky or crusty looking, but not overly so. They are raised just a tiny bit, but they don't seem to be bothering her (either painful or itchy). They are fairly small, less than the size of a pencil eraser, and the 5 or so that she has range in size. One of them definitely seems to be a scab because part of it has peeled/lifted and the skin below is healthy and pink (not red, enflamed, oozy, etc). As far as I am aware, they're new, because I don't remember seeing them at least month or so ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is she itchy or licking the area?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, I mentioned that it was neither painful nor itchy in my query.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the pictures. Friend, the lesions are consistent with a superficial bacterial infection. What you can do is pick up over the counter in your local pharmacy (CVS) Hibiclens antibacterial soap. Wash area with this soap. Then, apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2 times a day for the next 10 days. If not significant or if the lesions begin to spread follow up with family veterinarian to start her on oral antibiotics.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
you're sure it's not skin cancer or something more serious than a bacterial infection? I just want to be certain that she does have a bacterial infection and not something that would require professional medical intervention at this time.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, without a biopsy I can not say ever 100% certainty that it is not cancer. But, given the history and appearance of the lesion it does resemble like a bacterial infection. Unlikely to be cancer.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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