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His hair is peeling off in small patches from his feet,

His hair is peeling...

His hair is peeling off in small patches from his feet, leaving new pink skin

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Chester is between 3and4 years old. I should mention he is a pit bull and I just adopted him about a week ago. He has been vaccinated and treated for worms, ticks and fleas.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the pit?

We are going to the vet, but I just wanted to look into what possible causes are. I don't see him licking and they generally don't look inflamed.

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Dr. Michael Salkin
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The two most important considerations with skin like that are a short hair pyoderma (bacterial skin infection/Staph, usually) and a dermatophyte (ringworm fungus). Make sure that Chester's vet performs a cytology (microscopic exam of a small sample of the affected skin surface) looking for both abnormal numbers of bacteria and yeast and also performs a fungal culture of hairs from the periphery of a lesion. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Ok I'll do that. It has been wet here and he was on his own for quite a while with no shelter. I'll get him in this week. Thanks.

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