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Small, Localized Scabbing?

Ace has a few areas on his back that has these small scabs.

It started out with just two of them, within an inch of each other. I watched them for about a month, and they didn't grow, but also didn't shrink. So we took him in for a vet visit.

The vet was stumped. It was localized to one area, and she didn't believe it to be a skin infection. She put him on cephelaxin for a week or two, and they briefly got a little smaller, but never went away.

About another month has gone by, and we now have three of them. Two originals, and one small on the other side of his back. The largest being the size of a pea, and the smallest being the size of a ......well, I don't know, small.

I've picked them once or twice to see what was going on, and they don't puss up or anything. Just a scab, but they have never gone away. The scabs just come back each time they are picked off, and never get any bigger or smaller. He definitely knows they are there, because if you touch it, he will start trying to lick it and get you off of it.

Money's a little tight, so i'm holding off on another vet visit, especially since the last trip didn't help. I bought a bottle of Duoxo Medicated Shampoo to try out, but any other ideas of what these may be? Since they have been there nearly three months, I can safely say they aren't from him rough housing or injuring himself outside. But they are staying localized and not spreading, so its hard to believe its an infection.

I did notice one of his paws was cracked a little (but his nose is doing much better), he's been getting a good amount of water but this is from dry skin and the weather getting much colder where we live? Or maybe it could be related to his food? His gas is horrible unless he's on a probiotic. I'm not quite sure what this is.

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It's probably a bacterial skin infection. A week of antibiotics would not do a thing, he'd really need to be on cephalexin for 2 maybe 3 to be sure it clears up. I would avoid bathing him but be sure you wash his bedding and bowls frequently. You can spray him with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar (about 20:1) and brush him with a horse hair brush. As tempting as it is, don't pick at those scabs! They will heal better if they aren't messed with.
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It's probably a bacterial skin infection. A week of antibiotics would not do a thing, he'd really need to be on cephalexin for 2 maybe 3 to be sure it clears up. I would avoid bathing him but be sure you wash his bedding and bowls frequently. You can spray him with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar (about 20:1) and brush him with a horse hair brush. As tempting as it is, don't pick at those scabs! They will heal better if they aren't messed with.
It may have been two weeks honestly, i'm not sure. I think it was longer than a week though. But the vet did not believe it to be a skin infection of any kind. She did say if the antibiotic didn't help to bring him back in, but I read a few other posts on other boards that people had success with this Chlorahexdine Shampoo I ordered.

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Did the vet do a skin scraping? I know sometimes (often?) they don't get a conclusive answer there, but...

Staph is so common in Dobermans that I'd wonder if it's some weird manifestation of that, even though it doesn't typically scab. And staph can be really persistent - when Richter had it as a pup, I think we did something like...6 weeks?...of antibiotics to get rid of it.

Just throwing out ideas. Might need a dermatologist to look at it?


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