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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 47 years of experience.
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I have a 5 1/2 month old Maremma puppy. Excellent healthy

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I have a 5 1/2 month old Maremma puppy. Excellent healthy etc BUT he keeps getting boils?/abcesses? along and next to the shaft of his penis. Last week one burst and I have kept it clean so it has dried to a scab but there are others emerging. They are causing him no pain or discomfort. I have a picture if that helps. Any ideas?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the puppy's name?
Customer: Cal
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Cal?
Customer: Highly pedigreed. Growth in last 10 weeks has been massive. 9kg-33kgs in the 10 weeks. No other health issues, full of beans
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
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I would like to see the pic, please. You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as Please check that the photo(s) is in focus prior to uploading it.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I have tried to attach pic. Has it transferred?

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

The red ring I see is an epidermal collarette which most often represents bacterial skin infection (pyoderma) which is also the underlying cause of his furuncles ("boils") he's been developing. Treatment at this time should consist of an antibiotic in the cephalosporin class such as cephalexin for 3-4 weeks and 1 week past clinical signs. Bathing every other day in a 2-4% chlorhexidine- or 2.5-3% benzoyl peroxide-containing shampoo should hasten resolution of current infection and prevent further collarettes and furuncles from developing. As he matures, you'll see him develop resistance to skin infection.

The antibiotic must be prescribed by an attending vet. You can find the shampoos over the counter where dog supplies are sold. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you for this. Is this commonly seen in puppies? Assume not sign of a more serious underlying problem?

Yes, prepubertal pups are most often affected. The mild form of this infection is called impetigo - a superficial bacterial skin infection of nonhaired skin. Correct, it doesn't indicate a serious underlying problem although could suggest endoparasitism. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Many thanks. You have answered all questions and I greatly appreciate your input. Cheers

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Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.