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black spots on a white poodles skin

My 5 1/2 year old standard poodle has dalmation spotting on her skin, it is not isolated to one area. The spotting varies in size, has no texture, they are black, and round  or oval in shape.    They first appeared at around 4 years of age.     Can you tell me what they are? And if they are a symptom of a disease process.
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Hello & welcome....Hyper pigmentation (Black spots) can be caused by a fungus or bacterial infection of the skin....Allergies can cause them, too.  If she has them appearing year round and it's not a seasonal thing; She needs to have her Thyroid checked....
Thyroid Disease typically appears around the age of 4.....Black spots can be one of your clues.....The test is a blood test and medication is given (For life) if it turns out to be a thyroid problem......
If she were mine, I would have Hypothyroidism ruled out, first.....Good luck and please come back with updates....Karla
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  Thank you Karla for your input.  I had a T3/T4 done on her, she has no thyroid issues. Next I will have a skin punch biopsy done.  She has already had a complete blood work up, nothing abnormal there.        
I trek on....                               ~Lu~

                  
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Hi Lu......I'm still looking, too.  I'm going through all my books thinking there will be something else about the spots.....So far, I keep coming up with just Thyroid....Glad you ruled that out...Thanks for checking back in...I will trek on, also....
Will post if I come up with anything else.......Karla
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