Tonight I was doing the belly rubs on my dogs and I noticed Shadow has "dirty specks" all over him. It looks like he rolled in dirt but he didn't. So I gave him a bath and they did not wash off. I thought it was maybe flea dirt, but didn't see any fleas on him and he would really have to have a bunch if there was that much dirt.
My next thought was hot spots. When I was washing him I made him lay down and expose his belly, and I scrubbed them good. They did not come off and a couple of them started to bleed so my next thought was hot spots...
Then when I started to wash his butt, I noticed he has some really small (rice sized) black specks all over his anus. Could he have worms was my next thought.
But then what is the stuff all over his belly, it is around his scrotum area, not on his chest at all. A couple on the insides of his legs. I will be calling the vet first thing Monday morning, as I don't feel this is an emergency because he is eating, drinking and acting like himself. Bad thing is I have to call Monday and then they can get me in the next day to see him.
Any thoughts on what this could possibly be?
Here are the pictures I said I would post. These are all taken AFTER his bath after I scrubbed him good. They are actually like blood colored and kind of remind me of razor burn. Sorry some of these are gross. But I really need some help here before he goes to the vet on Tuesday.
Good grief, that's brutal. Good luck with your boy Tuesday though, be sure to let us know, I have never seen this before.
I was going to suggest a possible severe allergy to something he may be running through like grass or a chemical on the grass when I started to go through the pictures and the location of this "outbreak?", but I don't know what to say about his anus, poor guy.
My husky gets those spots on her underbelly and inside her back thighs. I dont know what it is either. She kinda bites down there, maybe they are small pinch blood marks from biting herself cause she iches? I dont know. Let me know what your vet says.
My Pomeranian use to have a couple of these on him and i just thought they were from the fox tails he would always have in him from running through the bushes and things so i never though anything of it. I would call the vet and ask and take him in because it might be something serious.
I should mention too that those big black spots that are circles on him were there when we got him. He was a drop off, well actually tied to a semi trailer. :-(
The vet at that point thought they were possibly cigarette burns. There were two then last year, but now he has a couple more so I am going to bring this up to them too.
He is not itchy at all, and is not licking is backend at all either. I am so baffled by this whole thing! Poor guy.
This happend just all of a sudden too. I give them each belly rubs every night before bed when they are lying on our bed before they go in the crates. I brush Shadow every night too, because if I didn't there would be so much hair all over my house :-) with the two dogs and two cats. So I surely would have noticed this if it happened any sooner.
It was not there Friday night but lastnight it was. Poor guy.
As a groomer, when we see that, we call it flea dirt. Even if you dont see one, they could still be there. ESp. this time of year, it is cold outside and they want to come in where it is warm. Try a flea repellant product first, if that doesn't work, call your vet. It could also be an allergy, Sometimes it is just dirt also good luck
illisonminins- I bathed him and it did not come off at all. Therefore I am pretty sure this is not flea dirt, as I don't see any fleas on him at all either.
Thanks Riley. Reading through that list I found another link and this sounds like what he has. I don't know, he is not itchy at all though, so it could be something else. He has appt first thing tomorrow morning. I am dropping him off before work and picking him up after so they can keep an eye on him and watch if he itches or not.
Folliculitis Infection of the hair follicles, often with staph bacteria; symptoms usually appear on skin with less hair, such as the abdomen (belly) Pustules form in follicles and break open to form 'bull's-eye,' 'annular,' and 'target lesions,' which have crusty centers and red or darkening on the periphery, and 'epidermal collarettes,' which appear as rings of scaly skin; itching may occur; breeds with long coats may have seborrhea.
This was the only thing that didn't mention severe itchyness. And the "bulls eye rings" describe those black round spots.
Now what is wrong with his rectum!!! Oh boy, hope this is nothing to severe. A lady I work with has Danes and she said to put some gold bond on it, the powder for foot fungus. I don't think I will do that tonight incase it irritates it more. But I will be sure to ask the vet!
I will keep you guys updated after the vet appt tomorrow.