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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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Sudden onset skin inflammation around mouth and on back. She's

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Sudden onset skin inflammation around mouth and on back. She's a 7 1/2 year old female spayed yorkie. On her back she has a relatively large area of skin that has a yellow tint/dandruff. When I look at the area it seemed to be extremely itchy and the hair was thinner in this area. Around her mouth she has an area that is extremely red with intermittent black spots. Initially I thought it may be "flea dirt" but I just combed her from front to tail and no fleas or "flea dirt". She has those black spots on her back as well as some inflamed pustules. Im concerned it may be mange but Im not sure? I have another dog in the apartment- he's itchy as well, no signs of fleas, his skin isn't broken out like hers
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Thank you for the photos. I see a nice thumb in 2016 but little else. 2018 suggests yeast (Malassezia) infection. 2015 is out of focus and can't be evaluated. 2019 once again suggests yeast. Your Yorkie's vet can perform a cytology (microscopic exam of a small sample of affected skin surface) looking for abnormal number of either bacteria or yeast and then treat appropriately. Please note that yeast infections invariably arise secondary to an underlying disorder such as an allergic dermatitis (atopy (allergies to environmental allergens), food intolerance, endocrinopathy (hypothyroidism, e.g.), keratinization disorder (seborrhea), metabolic disease, or prolonged therapy with corticosteroids (prednisone, e.g.) and so it would behoove her vet to search for such a disorder if yeast infection is confirmed.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.