Dog Fungus or Mites?

by Louise
(San Antonio, Texas)

Reader Question: Does my dog have fungus or mites?

My mini yorkshire terrier has a dime sized lesion on neck and then small black spots are migrating out from the neck and now spreading on back. Not sure if this is fungus or mites. Is there a dual natural treatment?

Thank you,


Vet gives advice on getting rid of dog of fungus or mites

Hello Louise,

Whenever possible, it is always best to have a solid diagnosis before beginning treatment. Without knowing exactly what is going on you risk making matters worse if you pick the wrong treatment or at the very least, could waste your time and money.

I’m afraid that in most cases it is impossible to diagnose a dog’s skin problems based only on a description of the lesions. Skin tends to react to most insults in the same manner, so what you describe could be caused by many different health conditions.

If you want to try something at home before making an appointment with your veterinarian, weekly baths with a gentle shampoo and/or applying a product like Dermoscent or Duoxo Seborrhea Spot-On wouldn’t do any harm.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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