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Old 01-13-2014, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 14 month old GSD sometimes rubs his face with his paws or on surfaces around the house. I'm not entirely sure when he started doing it, but recently I noticed some fur loss. It crept up really gradually and is almost impossible to see except in direct light at the specific angle in the photo I attached. The thin area extends over his snout and looks the same on the other side of his face. I've also attached a photo of his eye area. I'm not sure if there's anything going on here; my other GSD is all-black and doesn't make a very good reference, but it looks like there might be some loss around his eyes and on his eyebrow. When he rubs his face, it's pretty much all over the muzzle area, including the bottom.

I'm not satisfied with his current vet, so I'm searching for a new one right now and will make an appointment soon. I would certainly appreciate any thoughts from other forum members. Dermdectic mange seems to be mentioned most frequently when snout fur loss comes up. The other common causes are allergies and sometimes diet-related nutrition issues. He is fed a raw diet with some occasional kibble (orijen). He's intact and has no other health issues I'm aware of. I haven't noticed scratching or fur loss anywhere other than his face.



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Old 01-13-2014, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am having the same issue with Jonas right now. I am interested to see the answers on this. I am changing Jonas's food to see if it is the problem.
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That's really weird. My 16 month old Is having the same issue. Scratches him nose 2 - 3 times a day but haven't noticed any fur loss yet.Taking him to vet this weekend.
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Ask the vet to do a skin scraping for Demodectic mites.
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Could winter and the furnace running have anything to do with it?
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It could be Mange or Yeast:

Here are a few natural ways to treat them without chemicals.

If it does turn out to be mange (Demodectic/mites), a combination of Lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil or Rose Hip Seed Oil can be used topically for mange treatment. 1 part Lavender Essential Oil to 10 parts carrier oil. Lavender Oil, Pure Wildcrafted Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Carrier Oils, Cold Pressed and Organic or Aromatherapy Carrier Oils, Cold Pressed and Organic Apply to affected areas twice daily or alternate with lemon juice. This helps to kill the mites without any chemicals that could pull down the immune system. Colloidal Silver can also be used.

Yeast: If it is yeast, the immune system is not working at 100% and since 70% of disease starts in the gut, itís a good idea to support it with a digestive enzyme and probiotic. These contain both: Sunday Sundae: Sunday Sundae Nutritional Supplement or Digest All Plus: The Wholistic Pet

This anti fungal and anti viral herbal can help both mange and yeast: Glacier Peak Gold(TM) ~ Natural Anti-Fungal~Anti-Viral~ 1 oz A unique blend of antibiotic/anti-viral/anti-fungal herbs that can be used for bacterial infections, as well as internal parasites such as mites that cause mange. Also works well to balance candida albicans yeast overgrowth. Ingredients: Olive Leaf, Mustard Seed, Black Seed, Pau D'Arco, Cloves, Astragalus, Lobelia, Slippery Elm



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Ask the vet to do a skin scraping for Demodectic mites.
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My gsd Juno, 2 yr old spayed, has exactly the same and I've been looking for a solution for a couple of months. Her hair loss is slightly more than in Bob McBobs photo and is also close to her mouth and even on top and bottom lips, skin is red. Eyebrow area also scabbed from scratching. Hard to see the full extent except in direct sunlight. Vet gave her antibiotics as he thought the skin was slightly infected. Juno is raw fed since 12th October and both vets we have seen are inclined to blame the raw feed, allergic to raw meat, not getting vital supplements that exist in regular commercial feed, etc. Her eyes were very red and gunky until the antibiotics. Just this week I was given the name of a holistic remedies person who I am m going to send hair sample to in the hope they can find the cause.
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My gsd Juno, 2 yr old spayed, has exactly the same and I've been looking for a solution for a couple of months. Her hair loss is slightly more than in Bob McBobs photo and is also close to her mouth and even on top and bottom lips, skin is red. Eyebrow area also scabbed from scratching. Hard to see the full extent except in direct sunlight. Vet gave her antibiotics as he thought the skin was slightly infected. Juno is raw fed since 12th October and both vets we have seen are inclined to blame the raw feed, allergic to raw meat, not getting vital supplements that exist in regular commercial feed, etc. Her eyes were very red and gunky until the antibiotics. Just this week I was given the name of a holistic remedies person who I am m going to send hair sample to in the hope they can find the cause.
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