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I am sorry to hear Choppa is having this problem. I will need a little more information to better help you.
How long has this been going on and has he had any treatment?
Are the spots itchy?
Has he had this problem before?
I see. The skin looks very irritated.
This can be most often secondary to allergies, either a contact sensitivity (like a new chemical or fabric), a food intolerance (perhaps the recent food change), or an environmental inhaled allergen (different pollens, grasses, dust mites, etc). Fleas can also cause this and can be quite bad in September if your dog is not on really good flea medication (generally not anything you get over the counter).
How much does Choppa weigh?
I suspect this is due to an environmental or food allergy. I would start with benadryl (at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight twice daily) and bathe him about 3 times a week with normal dog shampoo. If he is not improving over the next couple days, he might need steroids and antibiotics to get things under control. Make sure he is on good flea/tick prevention from your vet as well, just to rule out any possible flea allergy.
I would not use flea/tick shampoo as it really is a bit of a waste of money. I would just use an oatmeal shampoo to bathe him. For flea and tick prevention I recommend using one of the oral medications: either Nexgard or Simparica. Simparica is a little bit cheaper than nexgard, so that is typically what I recommend. These two also treat and prevent mange, which in some areas like mine can be very common.