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Dog has developed dry scaly bumps on her back skin under hair

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dog has developed dry scaly bumps on her back skin under hair - in scratching they come off with some hair attached, but come back. It is only on her back, from hips to tail. Bathing helps, but she really needs some relief.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 1 year ago.
Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 16 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.I am sorry to hear Abby has been experiencing this. There are several possible causes for this. The most common is that she has a persistent pyoderma (bacterial skin infection) which will probably not clear until she has appropriate antibiotics. Other possible causes might include other infection (fungal like ringworm, yeast infection), immune-mediated disease (sebaceous adenititis, pemphigus, etc) and the list continues.The best next step is to have her seen by her regular veterinarian. Usually your vet should start with a skin scraping that will not only test for mites, but also yeast and bacteria. If all negative and your vet feels this could be ringworm, then a ringworm culture could be done. Empirical treatment with an antibiotic is appropriate. But if no improvement then a biopsy may be needed to get a diagnosis.In the meantime, what could you try at home? If she was my patient and you were unable to get her in soon to be seen then I might recommend you try:1)If itchy you can give an antihistamine such as (choose one): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg at 1 mg per 10 pounds every 12 hours OR Claritin OTC (if less than 25 lbs give ½ tablet every 12 hours)2)Bath in a good antibacterial shampoo such as Selsun Blue every 7 days. When you bathe, lather and let stand in contact with skin for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly3)Start on a fish oil supplement (this is anti-inflammatory over about 4-6 weeks) I am at a point I need to know what questions you have. I hope that the information I provided has been helpful.Please let me know if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer. If you received all the information you needed, then kindly submit a rating.