I have a couple of issue with Maximus that I wanted to get opinions on.
The first is that he has some spots along the edge of his ears, where he has lost the hair and they are slightly scaly. I bought him in to the vet yesterday and she said he also had a yeast infection deeper in his ears and that his ears were "thick". She gave me some drops to use both in his ears and on the tips of his ears. She said that if it doesn't help, she'll scrape them and test for mange. This started 6 moths ago or where I noticed a couple of spots where he was losing the hair on the edges of his ears... they seemed to clear up (hair didn't grow back), and then last week, I noticed his ears getting red and some spots on the edges of his ears were reddish... which is why I took him in.
Can a yeast infection cause these symptoms? He never scratched his ears, rubbed them, etc... He never showed any symptoms of his ears bothering him.
I know his immune system is very important and can help fight off mange, which brings me to the next issue.
Right now Maximus is on a mix of kibble (ToTW and Pet Pantry) and raw, Chicken, beef, fish, pork, green tripe, etc. Since he is on a Mix, I wasn't giving him Vit E and fish oil, which I recently began giving him. The problem is that he has no food drive whatsoever... He'll leave the raw, kibble, whatever laying around for hours before he decides to pick at it. I've never seen a dog care less about food! He's down to 95lbs and is definitely on the slim side... Vet said he was skinny yesterday.
Max is 14 months old now and has never had an appetite. Does anyone have any thoughts, suggestions, etc? I don't have any close up pictures on my phone (just checked), but going to try to post one that will give you a general idea... it's not bad, but need to control it before it gets worse...
I uploaded a picture of Max where you can see the edges around his ear. It's not the greatest, as it wasn't taken for that reason, but can take another later if needed.