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She’s been eating good and drinking water just don’t know what it is

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Scabbing can result from various factors, including trauma, infections (bacterial or fungal), allergies, parasites, or underlying skin disorders. Given that she is eating and drinking normally, it's less likely that the condition is systemic at this point, but it's still important to monitor.

Please look for signs of redness, swelling, discharge, or an odor, which could indicate an infection. Also, check for fleas, ticks, or signs of insect bites, even if she is on flea and tick preventatives, as no preventative is 100% effective.

Gently clean the affected area with a mild antiseptic solution or warm water and a mild, unscented soap.

And have there been any changes in her diet, bedding, or the cleaning products used in your home? Dogs can develop allergies to a variety of substances, and identifying potential allergens is crucial.

It's also important to prevent her from licking or scratching the scabbed areas, as this can exacerbate the problem. You might use an Elizabethan collar (cone) or protective clothing if necessary.

If you notice the following, it would warrant a prompt veterinary visit:

- Increased redness, swelling, or discharge from the affected areas
- The appearance of additional scabs or lesions on other parts of the body
- Any changes in her general behavior, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or increased aggression

Please understand that it is difficult to determine the exact cause and condition from a photo. While home care can be the first line of defense, persistent or severe skin problems should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

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