weird pellets on my dog? no explanation.

my dog has strange, tiny brown pellet-like things in her fur and on her back. they are easily picked off and don't appear to be bugs, fleas, or anything living....they are shiny/waxy on the surface but easily smushed with your finger or nail. when she sleeps on my bed, they end up all over it. she has had these strange little bumpy things for several years now and our vet has no answers. are they flea sacs or something? has anyone experienced something similar?

Asked by Member 996374 on Jul 10th 2010 Tagged fleas, pellets, strange, dog, skin, fur, bumps in Home Grooming
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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Sounds kind of like flea dirt, but...weird. I've never heard of them being big enough to squish or falling off. Or even easy to remove.
Flea dirt is the waste fleas leave behind on a pet's skin. My dogs have always had some.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 7/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I actually have seen something like this before. It appears to be fatty build up of some kind, and collects excess flaking skin, perhaps from overactive oil glands in the skin. We have had success removing them with a good scrubbing with a medicated bath. But, they do return.
If we are talking about the same thing they sort of remind me of the little sheath that covers new feathers in a bird.
I might suggest a thyroid blood panel to make sure her thyroid levels are does seem to be glandular in nature. Sometimes they are accompanied by a greasy doggy smell as well, hence the frequency of bathing. It also seems like certain breeds are affected more often, the ones I've seen have been terriers. Good luck!

Member 641257 answered on 7/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


It may also be acne. I know cats and dogs can get it on their chin easily from their food. If your dog has greasy/oily skin he may have blackheads all over. They can be scraped off with a fingernail and look like tiny scabs. Have you tried giving her a good scrubbing with a rubber brush and shampoo? You may need to keep her body more dry/oil free if she is naturally oily. Hope this helps!

Petri answered on 7/12/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer