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Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Good morningLast night I noticed that my little 1 year

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Good morning
Last night I noticed that my little 1 year old tiny smooth coat chi chi had a fluffy patch of hair on each 'bum cheek'. On closer inspection the hair came out in a few small clumps in my hand and at the root of the hair and on the skin there was lots of dry dandruff. He has spent lots of time in the garden this last few weeks and also been shredding a few of my plants just for fun. I also catch him chewing dried twigs that have fallen from the trees. He is a little monkey. It doesn't seem to irritate him, no mad scratching or anything. He has been panting a little bit but that's after running around with my other chi, not crazy panting or anything. I am wondering if it is an allergy of some kind because the amount of foliage in my garden and pollen count. He eats a mall amount of Royal Canin sensitive in a morning and also Hi-life moist pouches at tea time. He was wormed and flead about 3 weeks ago with his usual Advocate.
I would really value your opinion as I cannot get to the vets until tomorrow.
Many thanks and kind regards, Dy
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Those "fluffy patches" usually indicate an arrest in the growing cycle of the haircoat. Those hairs should have been shed but weren't. The skin might become a bit unhealthy (the dandruff) under such retained hairs. Simply removing the hairs by vigorous brushing should suffice. This isn't an indication of allergy or ectoparasitism - both of which are expected to cause pruritis (itchiness).
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 26254
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.
I'm going to check back with you in a few weeks for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.
Please disregard the info request.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much for your help. Very much appreciated. Kindest regards, ***** ***** Moo ūüėÉ
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. I'm anxious to hear how nicely you can normalize those areas. Remember, you can bathe away the dandruff and the follicular casts (that material at the root of the hairs) by shampooing with combinations of tar-, salicylic acid-, sulfur-, urea-, or phytosphingosine-containing shampoos. These are antiseborrheic shampoos which cleanse thoroughly. They're available over the counter and at his vet hospital.

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