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Dog Has Black Skin Patches and Odor?

I have an 8 year old Westie. Not long ago he started having an odor 5 minutes after a bath and now his skin has black areas on it. I was told by my vet to give him fish oil 3 months ago and it would clear up. Both have gotten worse and all he does is chew and now he has bald spots on his legs. I'm worried.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

It sounds like your dog suffers from Canine Seborrhea, which is apparently common in the breed: "Seborrhea causes the skin to exude a waxy, greasy substance that clumps up in the ears, under the belly and armpits, elbows, and around the ankles. The substance is very fatty in nature and it will cause a distinctive odor. Dogs may scratch at the affected areas leading to bleeding, crusting, hair loss, and secondary infections due to skin damage." www.petmd.com/.../c_dg_canine_seborrhea?page=2

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Cures involve treating him with special shampoos and conditioners. Your vet might have suspected the condition because fish oil is a recommended form of treatment as well.

Some advocate an apple cider vinegar rinse as helping as well.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

He has some kind of skin disease or allergy. My sister's dog smelled bad as well and was always scratching. Cortisone helped somewhat, but not completely. I would take your dog to another vet.

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February 20, 20170 found this helpful

Yur dog has an infection,and may have ticks.

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