Scabs On My Dog

by Amy

Hi, there are unusual scabs on my dog.

My dog keeps getting these long thin scabs on his skin, they pull off like string and are a crusty white and reddish colouring but look like segments.

From the outside it looks like a scratch as the fur is slightly raised. I thought they were scabs from scratches as I have a puppy who's always jumping on him etc.

Now it's been a while and he keeps getting them so I've gotten concerned that it could be something else.

When I pull them off it definitely doesn't look like something alive! Could it be something else apart from scabs on my dog?

Hi Amy,

Is your dog still having trouble with these scabs? Have you taken the dog to a vet to get any professional advice?

When you pull off the scabs, what does the skin look like beneath the scab-like strip? Is it, in fact, scratched, red, etc.?

It's possible that your dog has some type of skin parasite that is leaving these marks. Consider adding some organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar to his drinking water (1 Tbs. per bowl).

You can also put some of the apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle (slightly diluted if you prefer) and spray it on your dog's coat. Yes, the vinegar will smell for a bit, but the scent will fade.

ACV has been an effective natural remedy for some pet mites, fleas, etc.

Another option is to use some tea tree oil in your dog's bath water (or use the spray bottle and water again for this purpose).

I hope your dog's skin is improving. I'd be interested in hearing if you discover the cause of the problem.

Kindest regards,

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Apr 19, 2016
My dog also has been getting scabs NEW
by: Jen

My dog has been getting these also. The first time we took him to the vet it was negative for ringworm and positive for yeast. At the time it was a heavily rainy season so it made sense that he was getting wet as he's a French bulldog/Boston terrier mix with frenchie feet and is low to the ground when we'd take him out to use the restroom. The scabs began on his underside on the belly which was the wettest. He's an indoor dog but the moisture allowed the development of yeast. we switched foods to nusentia and started adding digestive enzymes as well as probiotics and dermx for skin and coat support that they sell. I had never heard of this food but from the description it sounded really great. It actually improved and went away but now it's back again. We have kept up with the food except when we have run out and the order has not arrived yet as its not available in stores, but I was also thinking maybe this has to do with Chem trails?! It has not rained that much and he's getting the exact thing. They are constantly spraying chemicals into the sky and many local parks at least here in Florida have had dangerous levels of arsenic causing them to close. I'm not sure if it's related but more people should be talking about this and raise the issue to make this practice permanently stopped. It's not good for us humans but it also isn't good for the animals that get exposed to this innocently. At the very least we should be asking what the hell is being sprayed and be provided with reasons as to why a full analysis!

Apr 09, 2014
Did anyone find out what this is? NEW
by: Therese

Hi, I am wondering please if anyone has found out what this is? Dog also has it and i would really love to know what to do because i have no money to go to the vet.

Aug 26, 2012
Scabs on Dog NEW
by: Dog Owner

Try the organic apple cider vinegar and water mixture described in the answer to the first question. You can give the dog a bath with it, too.

You can also bath the dog in sea salt and water, which may help.

Aug 26, 2012
Mine too
by: Seree.

Hi my dog has scab on her tail

Dec 15, 2011
Long Thin Scabs
by: Anonymous

Hi, I was just online trying to find something for dog. He came home to me from a shelter and has those same long thin, dry scabs that I pull off. They look like string.

What did you find useful? Many thanks. Laurie

May 31, 2011
scabs on dog
by: Anonymous

dry, scaly, flaky, not bloody scabs, in circular patches? could be ringworm. if the patches are larger, irregular shape, lots of hairloss, and red or bloody, it could be mites.

Jul 08, 2010
Treatment for Scabs on Dogs and Cats
by: Angie

You might want to get this book Veterinary Secrets Revealed. They provide some really good information for various types of ailments that I think you'll find helpful. You can download it and get access right away. Hope that helps!

Jul 07, 2010
My cat has similar symptoms please let me know...
by: Anonymous

My cat has this type skin symptom as well Please let me know if anyone knows what they are and how to get rid of them safely for him and I hope I cannot get whatever it is :-( Please mail me here

May 27, 2010
Scabs on Dog
by: Randy

Hi, did you ever find out what those scabs where? when they came off, did they have hair in them? My dog is getting them now and I am slightly concerned because two years ago when I adopted her, she had mange. If it gets any worse I will be taking her to her Vet.

Jan 29, 2010
Scabs, Bugs, or ???
by: Anonymous


Did you ever figure out what those thin scabs were? I have five dogs -- three have 'em and two don't! Let me know what, if anything, you found as your comment is the only thing I've come across on the issue.



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