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Scabs behind ears and arm pits...what could this be?

Wallace has clusters of scabs behind both of his ears. One ear has about 10 scabs and the other about 5. He also has a few under his front arm pits. He scratches behind his ears. They are raised bumps and black scabs that you could scratch off. The skin is sort of raised around them. It does not appear to be spreading but it is not getting any better after 3 days. He was in daycare for two full days and I thought they might be small bites but then I found more of the same under the arms.

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Does she play rough with other dogs at daycare? I wouldn't automatically rule out bite marks just b/c you found some under the armpits. Teeth could come in contact with that area during wrestling/play.

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I would rule out a staph infection..... common skin infection. Also, Penny would get the armpit sores with allergies.



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Has the dog been swimming recently? Could be a reaction to something in the water.
As long as it does not get any worse and remains scabbed over I would not worry too much. I find in these instances that combing the area several times a day can cut back on the dog's scratching - which can make it much worse.

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I took Wallace to the vet

and they tested for skin mites which he did not have. They think he has a skin infection and perscibed cephalaxin for 10 days. They asked a series of questions around his behavior and recent experiences and we came up with one idea...Wallace went swimming in a chlorinated pool and he was not washed down after the swim. This could have irritated his skin and caused an infection.

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awww what a cutie!!!! Sawyer had a similar sort of thing happening on the bottom of his tail and around his armpit areas (both front and back)... but they have since cleared up. Hopefully your little man will be free and clear soon too!!!

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Great swimming picture you have of him. Glad he is going to be ok.

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I have the exact same problem with Olive!
She has little clusters of scabs behind both ears and in her armpits, but nowhere else on her body. They aren't bug bites or punctures, just weird little scabs.

I think I figured out what caused them, though, and now they're starting to go away.

Olive is a swimmer. I cannot keep her out of the water. We don't have a pool at home, but I take her to the beach a lot, to the dog park (which has a little pool) and to a river nearby to swim.

After swimming, I noticed that behind her ears and her belly seem to take forever to dry - especially the 2 areas where she's getting these scabs. It seems that the water is softening the skin behind her ears and armpits and is irritating her. Then, when she scratches, it tears the skin, causing a little scab to form.

So, I've been using a small towel to dry her ears and armpits off really well after she swims, so that the skin isn't moist anymore in those areas. I've been doing this for about a week so far and she has about half as many scabs now - seems to be clearing up really well.
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