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Oh I have a English cream Retriever - 1 yr - noticed today

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Oh hello, I have a English cream Retriever - 1 yr - noticed today that her skin is changing from pink to a speckled black or dark brown. She is not bothered by it - no itcying or scratching
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Abigail 1 yr old today
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Abigail?
Customer: she was on antibootics multiply times as a puppy until we had surgery to move her vagina. it was too low hanging under the belly area so it was causing UTIs
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

1) Where are you seeing the pigment?
2) When was her last course of antibiotics?
3) Can you provide pictures showing the pigment?
4) Have any diagnostics been performed on these areas?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
1) Hind Leg and rib cage
2) six months ago
3) no
4) no
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No fleas or ticks - on Revolution
we have a pool so we had her groomed short hair for the summer to make swimming easier
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Without pictures, it makes it difficult to know what you are seeing.

Often with dogs that have taken antibiotics regularly or recently, we see pigment from a fungal infection. Not all of these dogs will become itchy or even show symptoms aside from the pigmentation. If she was active during this summer in the water, this would be even more likely as the area would have been moist and warm (a breeding ground for yeast). Some dogs in these areas will have some flaking skin and it may have a smell similar to bread. One of the most effective diagnostics is to have your vet perform a tape test to sample what cells and other flora may be present in the area. If this is fungal, oral medication should help to eliminate the overgrowth and her skin will return to being pink.

Another concern would be thyroid issues, but she is rather young for hypothyroidism which is common in goldens and other retrievers. If nothing is found on the skin diagnostics, it wouldn't hurt to get a baseline thyroid level on her.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Checking in. How is your companion doing?