Dog's skin has scaly areas that smell

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    Dog's skin has scaly areas that smell

    My newly adopted pekingnese has scaly areas near his tail an hind legs that have an odor.  I've had him groomed and bathed him with medicated shampoo but after 3 months its not going away.  Any ideas?

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    Re: Dog's skin has scaly areas that smell

    How old is he?  Mange?  Environmental allergies?  Food allergies?  Is he drinking enough water?

    A limited ingredients, no grain dry food might help, have you tried an elimination diet?

    I add a fish oil/ salmon oil (omega3/6) supplement to my dog's food once a day as it may help with dry skin.

    *If you you decide to see a specialist (dermatology/allergies), I highly recommend Dr Klaus Loft at Angell. 

    Just my 2 cents while you're waiting for Angell Vet to respond.

    PS: I would be concerned because odor can indicate infection,  I would have the vet check him out.  Have you tried gentle oatmeal shampoos?

      Eczema?   Allergic dermatitis?  Only a vet that examines him can determine.


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    Like most purebreds, Pekingese have their fair share of hereditary difficulties.

    Believe it or not, your Pekingese does have some skin underneath all that hair. In fact, this petite breed is genetically prone to certain skin disorders, including skin fold dermatitis and generic skin problems. It's important to keep your pooch's skin healthy, or his health and extravagant coat may suffer.

    Skin Fold Dermatitis

    While this condition is not unique to Pekingese, it is a noted problem with the breed. These tiny dogs have lots of excess skin relative to their body size, which makes them uniquely vulnerable to skin fold dermatitis, according to Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. This condition is diagnosed by process of elimination, since there is no single symptom that can positively identify it. If your dog scratches the same spots frequently and there are signs of skin irritation or inflammation with no apparent cause, like parasites, allergies or infection, then he is probably suffering from this genetic health problem.


    Allergies aren't a Pekingese-specific problem, but they are a common cause of skin problems in practically every breed. Since Pekingese are mostly indoor dogs, their small stature and copious supply of hair makes outdoor life difficult, they are more likely to suffer from dietary allergens or irritants that are in your home. Allergies can inflame and irritate your dog's skin, causing him to scratch and damage the area even further. Skin damage from allergies may be accompanied by significant shedding and digestive problems, like vomiting and diarrhea.

    Hair-Related Skin Problems

    Most purebred Pekingese have more hair than they know what to do with. While this is certainly an integral part of their unique aesthetic, it can also cause problems with your pup's skin. Infected hair follicles and ingrown hairs are both potential problems for your Pekingese. These conditions aren't serious, but they can cause a great deal of discomfort for your pet. You usually just have to wait the problem out, but you may need to take your dog to the vet to have the ingrown hair removed if it doesn't heal in a week or two. Brushing your dog regularly helps keep his hair neat and his skin healthy.


    Practically every canine plays host to skin parasites at some point in their life, but Pekingese welcome them in grand style. Fleas, ticks, lice and other pests can crawl through the forest of Pekingese hair with relative impunity. It's also hard to apply topical ointments and administer flea baths effectively due to the breed's copious coat. The best way to manage pests is to check your dog regularly and make sure you thoroughly apply preventative medicine.


    Parasites aren't the only creepy-crawlies that can infest your Pekingese. The breed's wrinkled skin and long hair can also shelter growths of fungi and bacteria, which irritate and damage skin directly. Ringworm and mite mange are just a few of the possible infections that can inflame your pup's skin, making him itchy and more likely to shed. While skin problems are a common occurrence, it is a good idea to take him to the vet just to be safe. Many infections are very easy to treat if caught in the early stages, but are nearly impossible to eradicate once they are established.

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    Re: Dog's skin has scaly areas that smell

    Bump.  I am partial to Pekes!  Angell vet where are you?

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    Re: Dog's skin has scaly areas that smell

    You should definitely go to the vet. My dog gets pretty sever skin allergies sometimes with scales, but it never smells bad. Sometimes skin conditions like that can also be a symptom of a more serious disease, so it's best to get him checked out. Especially since the medicated baths haven't helped.

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    A few things could be going on here, and if you haven’t seen improvement over three months of attempts with a medicated shampoo, I think a visit to the vet’s office is warranted.  One thing that comes to mind is a “primary seborrhea” condition. This would require a specific type of topical treatment. Sometimes yeast or bacterial infections can have a bad odor and don’t always respond to topical treatment alone. Some pets who come from a high density situation (breeding facilities, shelters, etc) may be at increased risk for conditions such as ringworm which can be transmitted to people and/or other animals (you mentioned this dog was recently adopted so I wondered what that history may be). Additionally dogs with underlying allergies to things such as pollen, dust mites, ingredients in their food, etc. can be at risk for secondary infections. I would also make sure you are using monthly flea (and tick) prevention since allergic skin conditions secondary to flea bites sometimes concentrate around the hind legs and in front of the tail. Flea allergy dermatitis is often, but not always, accompanied by a lot of itching.  Good luck, and I hope you can get to the bottom of this soon.


    Dr. Susan O'Bell, Angell Animal Medical Center