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Old 06-07-2009, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My GSD is starting to bald on one of her ears. She has flaking of dry skin as well in that area. She does have allergy probems and is currently taking Hydrozine 50MG tablets, 1 in the AM and the other in the PM. We clean her ears out once a week as well. She will be 6 next month and we live in the DFW area. Is it normal for a GSD to have these problems?

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Old 06-07-2009, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wonder if it's demodectic mange? Not as common in an adult but that is one of the spots it shows up and it does sound like your dog has some immune system issues.

Does she scratch her ears a lot? That or some kind of skin allergy could also be the culprit. My Basu lost some hair on his ears when he had a flea allergy.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She has had allergy problems and she does itch behind the ear as well. You can even see some of the flaking as well. I wnet to the vet a while back and she said that it wasn't mange, just allergies. This time she has lost a bit more hair though. Let me know what you think of the picure.
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how does the inside of her ears look?
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just took this photo, my camera gets much better photos outside with sun. In any case the inside doesn't look bad, a few flakes here and there that's all. We use Epi-Optic once a week to clean the inside of her ears out.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Have you looked into the ear canal to see if there is "gunk" in there? Any odd smells, as compared to the other ear.

If she does scratch that on ear a lot, it could be from that. There's someone else that has a dog losing hair at the tips of the ears, can't rememmber who right now. Is she scrathing that one ear quite a bit?

It is not a normal thing, but lots of these dogs have stuff that's not "normal".
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