The last time I ever had a dog was when I was around 6 years old, and that dog died after just a year due to an accident as he got hit by a car as he was running across the street, and soon after that I never took in another pet as I grew up. It is only now that I am 21 years old where I decided that I wanted to have another pet to take care of, and I chose a Labrador to be my dog buddy.
He is now with me for almost a year now, and he is really such a joy to be with as he would run with me every morning when I am jogging, and he would also lie down in the foot of my bed at night. But since this was the first time in a while that I had another dog to take care of, I really did not know things like taking care of the fur, or even the things needed to help take care of my own dog.
Like when I first saw these dark patches in his belly, I thought it was normal and did not mind it. But it got worse and then I would notice that my dog would really be scratching more often than not, and this made me worry a bit because I knew this might be some condition that he has. I have tried washing him with dog shampoos almost daily, and though the dark patches would disappear after that, every so often a new one appears in some other places, though not as severe as the first one I removed by washing.
This is now bothering me, and I don’t know any veterinarian in my area, and I actually don’t have a car to bring him to the vet in any case. A friend showed me your article on flea dirt, do you think that its that and should I be concerned? I really am worried that this might get worse and bring me back the memories when I was young when my first dog died. It was traumatic then, and I don’t want this to happen to my new buddy now. So what is flea dirt and is this a severe situation where I would really need to bring the dog to the vet?