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Apollo T

To anyone seeking information, I was able to tend to this issue.
When the dogs skin becomes damaged is when certain bacteria may turn into infection. In the case of double coat dogs, if you do not properly rake the undercoat out, it can clump up, causing moisture to get captured against the skin. This moisture will damage the skins barrier, and the bacteria will begin to cause infection.
My understanding is that many of the types of bacterias that will cause these lesions are normally on the skin, but won’t cause breakouts unless the skin barrier is disturbed.
With this scenario, antibiotics may assist with dialing back the bacteria, but unless the cause for damaged skin is addressed, infections will probably still show up. And who knows what natural biome the antibiotics are disrupting.

Allergies in food can cause inflammation that will cause breakages in skin.
Fleas, ticks, mites, etc can also cause these breaks in the skin barrier.
Stress can exacerbate these or even cause these issues as well.
Improper grooming may lead to infections too.
Anything that may cause damage to the skin will cause this to happen.
Vets have comprehensive allergy testing. You can also feed the dog whole foods and add doggy vitamins.
For grooming a double coat, I recommend carding knives, grip chalk, and a slicker brush with a rubber band.

If your dog is having extreme an extreme case that won’t stop, you can ask for an oral steroid to give the body time to recuperate.

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