Crusty Ear Tips
I have noticed over the last few weeks that Jade has been excessively itching around her ears. Also the tips of her ears have gotten crusty looking, almost like a scab. As it has gotten cold outside it has been spreading down the sides of her ears as well, and now she has little patches of hair loss on the back of her ears.
I took her to the vet yesterday and he did a skin scraping that (thankfully) came back negative for mite. She had a pretty bad case of mange when she was younger and I did not want to go through that again! The vet is not totally sure what is wrong so he look some picture and is going to do a little bit more digging. In the mean time he gave an ointment to put on her ears twice a day and told me to start her on Vitamin E and fish oil.
The only thing he thinks it might be is the cold weather (there are been no diet/treat/medicine changes). He said that there is a problem more common in short haired dogs where the cold weather can mess with the blood circulation in the tips of the ears causing the skin to actually die and get that crusty look to it. But he said you don't normally see it in German Shepherds, but since it has gotten worse with the cold weather (I'm in Houston, TX so 30 F is pretty dang cold) he is going to look into it.
I totally trust our vet, he is an old family friend of my husband, and I love the way he treats his clients and patients, but I figured I would do a little bit of digging on my own while he did his. I will take some picture tonight and post them so you can see what I mean by crusty. Anyone ever heard of this or have any ideas what it might be?
Jade BN CGC- 05/06/12
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