Hi - found this site by accident, but I was excited to find this! I'm hoping someone can give me some tips or suggestions, or can just help me out a bit. I have a 3 year old golden named Indy. Indy has always had mild skin problems that seem to come and go. He has mostly been indoors, but at times circumstances have determined that he go outside for a few weeks or months. We have determined within the last 6 months that he is allergic to Frontline and have been using the flea pill Comfortis with a topical tick repellant called Kiltix (think that's how it's spelled). We had a flea problem earlier this summer and subsequently had to put indy outside so we could get the problem in the house under control. For over a month and a half he didn't seem to have any problems. Over the last week I have noticed him losing an extreme amount of hair. His entire chest area going into his groin area is almost bald and you can take a clump of hair and pull it entirely out on his back. I have also noticed that on his chest he has some dark, almost black places that resemble dirt around the hair root and so it could be dirt, but there are also places that are flaking/scabbing off that are that dark brown/black. We have had constant rain for the last 3 weeks here every day and the humidity has been horrible. He also loves to lay in a dirt hole he's dug next to the house under a tree. So I was wondering if dog's skin/hair can mold or mildew?? We feed him Iams large breed food. His dispostion hasn't changed any and he isn't overweight at all. We are in a tight financial situation and don't have the money to spend on all the tests our vet wants us to do. Any suggestions, tips, etc would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thanks!