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    Does anyone know what causes small scabs to form at the base of dogs hair. My Golden Retriever keeps getting them. I have to shave the hair around them and eventually the scab falls off. If I leave them they don't seem to heal and just keep crusting up until a hot spot forms. Do you think it could be food allergy. He only gets chicken or chicken frames with a small amount of good quality dog biscuits. Very rarely, if I have no fresh meat, he will have that dog food that comes in a big sausage shape in the supermarket but that is ony once a fortnight or less. He is prone to skin allergies. Any one had the same problem?

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    I'd try a 'scotty's' dog roll. It has no artificial crap in it at all. My dogs on the 'Royal Canin' (vetenarian one not pet shop version)kibble i can highly recommend it. But yeah, i'd try a diffrent food to see if anything changes.
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    Actually, I have noticed scabs under Oskar's coat as well. We thought they might be from playbites when he is playing on the beach with other dogs. We might try changing his food too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    Actually, I have noticed scabs under Oskar's coat as well. We thought they might be from playbites when he is playing on the beach with other dogs. We might try changing his food too.
    Bella'a got some of these on her head too, I figured it was from playing. She is on advance chicken biscuits and chump. Might try to keep her on all chicken and see if it goes away!
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    Changes are the small scabs are part of a rash that has dried up. If they didn't lose hair with the rash changes are you didn't even notice it.
    This time of year dogs get hayfever just like humans except instead of it being called hayfever and them sneezing a lot like in humans, for dogs it is referred to as Atopic Dermatitis or Atrophy and it presents its self as a rash usually on the stomach, in the ears, under the armpits and on the groin but can come up anywhere and everywhere.
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    Oskar's scabs are on his back, I was just patting him about a week ago and I noticed he had scabs on his skin, but no real loss of hair. He has had rashes of a different nature under his arms and neck, we have medicated cream for that. Oskar is on Advance puppy food, but he actually doesn't do smaller craps, so we were contemplating changing his diet anyway. It doesn't seem to be doing him any favours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    Oskar's scabs are on his back, I was just patting him about a week ago and I noticed he had scabs on his skin, but no real loss of hair. He has had rashes of a different nature under his arms and neck, we have medicated cream for that. Oskar is on Advance puppy food, but he actually doesn't do smaller craps, so we were contemplating changing his diet anyway. It doesn't seem to be doing him any favours.
    Try eukenuba, we use to use that all the time! Lol I haven't changed back cause advance is always on special!

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    I suggest you use oatmeal soap. This soap will help in healing and removing the scars.
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    Thanks everyone, I do use oatmeal soap and it really seems to help with Mo's allergies. I think ClareBear is right. I think it is a rash because it always happens around his neck, and to a lesser degree, the top of his head. His coat is just to thick for anything to get in and bite him and he is inside with me most of the day. I've really got the hang of them now. If any one else has this problem, all I can say is clear the hair around the scab as soon as possible. I carefully trim it down with the scissors because he hates the clippers. I don't pull the little scabs off anymore. They seem to heal faster if I leave it on. I just keep them clear of hair and when the lift off the skin I very carefully cut it off so his hair doesn't matt.

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    His coat is just to thick for anything to get in and bite him
    Please don't take this for granted. GR can get fleas and ticks like any other dog. And mozzies are amazing at getting to the soft spots.

    He could be allergic to chicken - some dogs are. You might want to try series of food elimiation diets to see if that helps, your vet should be able to help with a plan. Nutro and some of the other brands have food that would give you the option of eliminating a particular meat or grain or both.

    My dog is allergic to the kikuyu grass but that doesn't stop her doing commando crawls on it to give herself belly rubs so I end up chopping bits of my aloe vera cactus and annointing her tummy and armpits with that - which helps. Not doing commando crawlsl on the grass would probably help more but she enjoys it so much. I'm trying to encourage her to do it on a towel or mat instead.

    You probably want to find out possible causes. I'm not sure how a plant allergy would affect a dog around the neck - but it could be a reaction to the collar. Might be ok in winter and too much in summer so if its possible give him some collar free time when you're home.
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