Species: Dog Breed: Staffordshire Bull t Age: 1-2 years
My staffordshire bull terrier has little spots all over his body almost like chicken pox, they dont seem to be bothering him, could you please advise what they may be
Dr. Marie replied:
Hi and thanks for your question. It's always hard to advise on skin questions without being able to see your dog.
Any time I see lesions that are like spots on a dog I wonder about a bacterial skin infection. These are really common on dogs and often we don't know the cause. If there is an infection then the dog will need to have antibiotics prescribed by your vet.
Staffies very commonly get allergies which can cause skin problems. While allergies wouldn't cause little red dots it can cause the skin to be inflamed which can predispose it to infection.
Another possibility is mosquito bites. However, these are usually just on the belly or ears and not usually all over the body.
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