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I have a golden retiever which has dry crumbly spots

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I have a golden retiever which has dry crumbly spots attached to his skin around the bottom of the hair. I can remove them by hand and thy fall apart into tiny black balls. It leaves a small pink spot where they were attached to his skin. The spots are
small and are somewhat easy to remove.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear you are worried about your Golden Retriever. I am a veterinarinan; my name is Rebecca

Are these all over his body, or just in a certain area? Do they bother him, are they itchy?

These could be many things: a superficial skin infection, an allergic reaction, parasites (flea dirt would fall into tiny black balls and lice attach to individual hairs). If this were my own dog, I would begin by putting on Frontline or another of the good flea products available. I would look at some of these spots under a microscope to see if they are flea dirt, or bacteria, or skin cells, or mites or lice.

Bathing in a shampoo with the ingredients benzoyl peroxide or chlorhexidine may help. With therapeutic shampoos, you want to keep the lather in contact with the skin for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing.

If you can post a picture, that might help me identify these. Let me know what other questions you have. Rebecca

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Hi Susanne,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

How is your Golden doing?