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I got him from a family who neglected him

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These may include allergies, parasitic infestations, infections (bacterial or fungal), or other skin disorders.

The areas affected, such as the top of the back, face, muzzle, neck, and head, are common sites for allergic reactions or external parasites. The absence of current medications suggests that these conditions have not been medically addressed yet.

The black substance you've noticed could be a sign of a condition called preputial discharge, which can be normal in small amounts. However, if it's excessive or accompanied by blood, it could indicate an infection or other health issues.

At home, regular grooming can help remove any potential allergens from the coat and skin. However, be cautious with bathing, as over-bathing can exacerbate skin issues. Use a gentle, dog-specific shampoo if you do bathe him.

For immediate relief, you can try an oatmeal bath to soothe the skin. Make sure to thoroughly rinse off any shampoo to prevent further irritation. Additionally, keeping your dog's nails trimmed can help minimize damage from scratching.

Since you've mentioned using flea and tick preventatives, it's important to ensure they are being applied correctly and regularly. Inadequate application can lead to ineffective prevention.

Monitor your dog's symptoms closely. If you notice any of the following, it would warrant an urgent visit to the vet:

- Rapid increase in redness, swelling, or pain in the skin
- Development of open sores or oozing pus
- Difficulty breathing or severe swelling around the face or neck
- Persistent bleeding or blood in the urine
- Lethargy, loss of appetite, or other signs of systemic illness

It's also crucial to keep an eye on his overall behavior and appetite, as changes can indicate discomfort or a more serious condition.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.