Strange Dog Skin Condition
under side front paw
My dog has a strange skin condition. I have spent some time looking online at symptoms and pictures and nothing seems to fit the bill.
Troy is apx. 7 year old (I got him at the dumb friends leauge in October of 2007 and they told me he was around 1.5 or 2) male border collie mix with some giant breed. He's about 80lbs.
He has been becoming increasingly itchy in the past few weeks on his belly, groin and paws. The hair has become pink tinged which does not go away with washing. The follicles seem to be excreting a small amount of dark brown discharge which can be seen around the root of the hair or drying into tiny black balls clinging to his long hair.
There are also about four black bumps which do not shrink or grow, seem hard to the touch and don't seem fluid filled or scab like.
Two years ago I noticed this on a smaller scale after a visit to Nebraska where he got off leash and disappeared into a cow field for a few hours. His vet prescribed benzoyl peroxide shampoo which seemed to clear it up at the time.
I noticed him itching a little more than usual about a month ago but didn't see the symptoms described above until about 2 weeks ago. I would guess that this is a fungal or bacterial infection but maybe parasitic.
I shy away from prescription drugs for my self and my whole family but would get them if that was the best thing for it.
I feed Troy a brand of food called Kumpi which I think has great ingredients and he has done very well on for about 3years now. Any suggestions would be great. Troy is the best dog in the world and his discomfort is a distress to us all!
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