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Old 03-30-2012, 10:21 PM
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Chloe is 5 years old. When she rolled on her stomach for a tummy rub today, I noticed the sides of her stomach have turned black! She usually has a very pink stomach. Tried washing it...It is NOT dirt, and is 100% her skin.
She has also had weight gain, and has been excessively itching her thigh, though after a thorough check with a flea comb, I can't find any fleas, or flea poop.
Here is a picture of her stomach

She's eating as per usual, and drinking too. No trouble pooping or peeing. Doesn't show any ill symptoms...Just the itching, weight gain and black stomach! :O
Any ideas?
I'm off to the vets on Monday for Dex's second vaccination, so if need be, I can take her then.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:40 PM
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I have no idea! Almost looks like bruising?? But bilaterally it probably isn't. Vet time? Sue
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:44 PM
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Don't think it's bruising...I can touch it and prod it without her being in any pain...Hello Vet Bills!
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I have nothing to offer here. I was just checking this post to see..Sometimes the skin looks different on Rico ...like his ears get all red inside when I walk into the vet's office--he also gets sweaty paws and sometimes shed when he goes there--but that is a nervous reaction. could it be her body temperature ? does it change or is her belly staying black ?
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My maltese' skin turns dark sometimes...I guess it's just the pigment.

Abbey has a "cow belly" - it has large spots on it.


Also their noses are a bit more pink in the winter and the sun brings out the darker pigment.
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I would have her thyroid checked.
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we have had some nice sunny days recently its probably just sun tan lol...my daughter noticed her chihuahua has exactly the same thing this morning x
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Zoey gets sun spots "freckles" when she lays in the sun but they are not black. I wonder if she has developed allergies or if she has had weight gain as well I would have her thyroid checked. Here is web site on dogs with atopic dermatitis. It may be helpful.
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