Species: Dog Breed: GOLDEN RETRIEVER Age: 2-5 years
my dog recently had dirty brown spots on her stomach when i touch them or wash them they peel off i think its part of her skin she recently began swimming in our chloranted pool could this be the problem or is there some other source causing this
Dr. Marie replied:
While I can't say for sure without examining your dog, what you are describing sounds like it could be a bacterial skin infection. Golden Retrievers seem to get more skin infections than other breeds for some reason.
The peeling skin you are mentioning may be something called a collarette which is what tells us there is bacteria there.
If there is a bacterial infection, they almost always need a 2-8 week course of oral antibiotics prescribed by your vet in order to clear up. Creams and other topical medicines do not seem to work.
You may also want to ask your vet about the possibility of underlying hypothyroidism as this can be common in Goldens as well.
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