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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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My dog suddenly has some bright red spots around his

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Hello, my dog suddenly has some bright red spots around his genitals. They were not there yesterday
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. How old is suddenly?
Customer: as of today
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about suddenly?
Customer: We went for a hike this morning but he wasn't lying on anything abnormal. I checked his arm pits and other areas but they are clear its so colorful I tried wiping it off
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Can you upload a photo(s) of this area to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Just attaching the pics...
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Thank you. I'll watch for your next post.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I can't seem to send the attachments
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Can you see them?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

These appear to be target lesions indicating insect bites - where ticks have attached or biting ants or flies are the culprit. I'm seeing a remarkable number of these over the last few weeks which I assume is due to the season. They should fade away within a week. Epidermal collarettes - roughly circular skin lesions that begin as pustules and then spread out (most often due to a Staph infection) are the only differential for such a lesion but collarettes don't appear overnight.

Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok, so most likely red ants - don't over stress? Anything I should do in the mean time?
He doesn't appear to be uncomfortable ..
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

No, these don't appear to bother my patient. You needn't address them other than avoid returning to areas where he was bitten. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you for your help!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

You're quite welcome.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin