I’m always petting my 12-year-old Beagle-Shepherd mix’s floppy ears. The other day I found some darker skin that looked dry. It doesn’t seem to bother him at all unless I touch it, and then he wants to scratch it. It doesn’t look like ear mites, and it is only a small area. Can you please help?
– Katherine, Milton, Ontario
Thank you for your question. The skin issue you describe should be evaluated by a veterinarian so that the best assessment of a potential underlying problem can be addressed. Hopefully, it is nothing about which you need to be concerned.
Dry and darker-appearing skin can occur due to exposure to elements (such as the sun, dryness, heat, cold, etc.), chronic inflammation (such as allergies), infection (for example, bacteria, parasites, yeast, etc.), metabolic disease (such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease), nutritional insufficiencies or merely as a normal variation for your pet.
Pending your veterinarian’s determination of a diagnosis, treatment can be recommended.
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