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My poodle is almost 16 she has developed dark scabs all over

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My poodle is almost 16 she has developed dark scabs all over her body that will fall off when you brush her but they look terrible. What can I do for her. I don't want to take her to the groomer anymore because they are so bad.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

Does she scratch often?

Are the scabs red and irritated?

Are you able to take a picture of one of the scabs and post it to your next message?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She does not scratch that much but she is always knawing at her leg if she has one on it or even on her foot. They are not red they are very dark brown. I might be able to take a picture.
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Thanks. A picture may help greatly.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
sorry it is not working out for that picture
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the information. There are a couple things to consider here. It may be an issue with her oil glands or thyroid levels. My concern is that it may be a skin infection you are seeing. Either way, the scabs are developing because of a medical issue. You can try bathing her in an anti-seborrheic shampoo and putting her on fish oils, but I would highly recommend having your vet check this out to see if it may be an infection, skin mites (most likely Demodex, which is a normal inhabitant of the skin and not contagious but expresses with immune system dysfunction), a thyroid problem or an oil gland problem. It sounds more than just a simple fix with a shampoo or supplement. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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