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Freckles?

Hi all,

I just noticed this afternoon that Freddie has *tiny* dark spots on his belly around his genital area (above and around). Now, I thought this might be dirt, but it isn't. It almost looks like some kind of fungus or mould, if I were to guess without knowing any better, but that doesn't make much sense because I keep him dry.

I've just searched the forums for "freckles" and have come up with threads on the Belton gene, but I'm not sure that's what's going on. He certainly doesn't have any dark spots on him, but he does have dark lines through some of his nails.

I can't post any pictures because the spots are just so little. I'll be asking the vet next week when I take him for his second shots, but was wondering if anyone might give me any insight before then.

Apologies for being redundant, if that's the case.

Thanks,

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Tyler has those and he's 15 years old. I can't check how many right now as he is all curled up in a ball, fast asleep. One day I thought one of them was a tick and when I tried to remove it, discovered that it was part of his anatomy. I believe they have always been there and are not an issue.


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Tyler has those and he's 15 years old. I can't check how many right now as he is all curled up in a ball, fast asleep. One day I thought one of them was a tick and when I tried to remove it, discovered that it was part of his anatomy. I believe they have always been there and are not an issue.
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Tyler is up and about, Kat, so I checked his spots. He has two, pretty symmetrically placed on either side of his penis. Hope that helps.


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Tillie had spots on her belly when she was little, they eventually went away.... she has several dime size spots on her legs that seem to almost be like birth marks or something.

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Thanks Mary and Tammy.
I'm still going to have the vet check them out when we go, but whatever it is (be it birth mark or infection), I'm sure it's either harmless or treatable
I guess I am just paranoid as any new pet owner would be. I was soooo scared the first week that he would get sick. Now I know he's a little monster that is super resilient!

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Beau is a black & white parti. He is almost 2 years old and he has had many dark spots on his belly from the beginning! By all means, though, when in doubt, check it out!



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Thanks Mary and Tammy.
I'm still going to have the vet check them out when we go, but whatever it is (be it birth mark or infection), I'm sure it's either harmless or treatable
I guess I am just paranoid as any new pet owner would be. I was soooo scared the first week that he would get sick. Now I know he's a little monster that is super resilient!
I took my Hav to the vet when he started to show signs of freakles/spots at about 12 weeks. They were in the same spot as your pup. I had exactly the same experience-I thought it was dirt, then when it didn't wash off, a bruise or a skin infection. It was just his Belton gene starting to show. Now he has spots all over his body, but they are mostly visible when he's wet. He is also a mostly white/very light colored dog.

It's always best to check with your vet, but based on my expereince, I'm 99% sure it's just Belton pigmentation.
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I took my Hav to the vet when he started to show signs of freakles/spots at about 12 weeks. They were in the same spot as your pup. I had exactly the same experience-I thought it was dirt, then when it didn't wash off, a bruise or a skin infection. It was just his Belton gene starting to show. Now he has spots all over his body, but they are mostly visible when he's wet. He is also a mostly white/very light colored dog.

It's always best to check with your vet, but based on my expereince, I'm 99% sure it's just Belton pigmentation.
Thanks very much

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Trip, soon to be 16, came to see us today and be groomed. He's a Sable too, and his belly (as is the rest of him) is covered with more of those freckles than any Dalmation has spots. It's nothing to worry about.
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