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my dog has black spots on her belly that looks like mold?

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my dog has black spots on her belly that looks like mold?

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Are you able to wash the black spots away?

Customer:

Some but they do not go completely away

CriticalCareVet :

If you are able to wipe them away, pigment alone would then be an unlikely cause as some dogs can have normal skin pigment changes over life.

CriticalCareVet :

But again - skin pigment can not be wiped away.

CriticalCareVet :

If you are able to do that, I worry more about a skin infection.

CriticalCareVet :

A bacterial skin infection or fungal skin infection would be the concern.

CriticalCareVet :

Your veterinarian can culture and perform cytology on the areas to determine the cause and prescribe either topical therapies, such as a shampoo.

CriticalCareVet :

Malaseb is a common shampoo option

Customer:

Last August we moved from CA to FL were we have a lot more moisture

CriticalCareVet :

Moisture and heat can certain predispose to infection

Customer:

every other day or so she breaks out in hives

CriticalCareVet :

At times, there can be an underlying allergic etiology, especially if this all happened after changing locations.

CriticalCareVet :

Scratching may also be seen.

Customer:

yes it is

Customer:

she rolls around a lot more than she used to

CriticalCareVet :

Very possible.

Customer:

she also trys to clear her throat a lot

CriticalCareVet :

Antihistamines such as Benadryl (LINK HERE) can be considered, but I would still have your veterinarian examine the skin.

Customer:

what is done for a skin fungal infection? I have never heard of such a thing.

CriticalCareVet :

Shampoo such as Malaseb

CriticalCareVet :

http://www.1800petmeds.com/Malaseb+Shampoo-prod10667.html

Customer:

Is such a skin infection common?

CriticalCareVet :

Yes - it is

Customer:

Thank you for your help!

CriticalCareVet :

:)

Customer:

Have a great day!

CriticalCareVet :

You too!

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