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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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3 weeks ago I began fostering a pit mix female approx 2 yrs

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3 weeks ago I began fostering a pit bull mix female approx 2 yrs old. She is quite skinny but is eating well and steadily gaining weight, in addition to being under wt, she also had small sores randomly on her body, face, legs, one on her ear. I kept asking the people at the shelter about them and was told they weren't sure why she had them but they weren't contagious. Most of them have healed or are almost healed, but I see new spots starting to show up. They look like pimples or small blisters and has 2 of them on her snout and 1 on her chin. I don't like taking her to the shelter to see their vet, but I'm concerned that these spots could be an indication of other health issues. Should I be looking for other symptoms or changes in spots?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I (think) I attached 2 pictures
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the photos! The many patches of alopecia and "sores" which likely represent pyoderma (bacterial skin infection) are strongly suggestive of demodicosis (the Demodex mange mite). I would skin scrape her looking for the mite and if present treat with oral ivermectin and a broad spectrum antibiotic in the cephalosporin class such as cephalexin. If no mites could be found, she's still a candidate for cephalexin and bathing in a chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide-containing shampoo twice weekly which should hasten resolution of the pyoderma.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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