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Black spots on belly and chest.

Species: Dog
Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Age: 2-5 years
Hello, About a month ago we noticed these black spots on Xander's belly. There were just a few, but they have spread and now are starting to go up his chest. They look like scabs, but are smooth to the touch. We have given him baths, but that didn't really make a difference. We have taken pictures, that we can send if that would help.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I would love to see pictures before I reply. You can send them to photos@askavetquestion.com.

Thanks!



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Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Thanks for the photos. I've included two of them here:

spots on dog's belly

spots on dog's belly

I have seen dogs have spots like this before. The answer to what they are depends on whether or not they are itchy. If they are not itchy then they are likely nothing to worry about. Some dogs will just get little deposits of pigment on their belly.

But, if they are itchy, it's possible they are caused by a bacterial infection. If so, he'll need to see the vet for antibiotics.

My guess from what I've seen though is that they are nothing to worry about!



Customer reply:

Thanks Dr. Marie!


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