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Old 06-03-2012, 04:48 PM
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white crusty [possibly dry blood] + hair loss on dog's ear?

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i know this isn't people diagnosing problems but my dog has this white crusty substance that is possibly dry blood on the tip/edge of one of her ears.. here are some picture links i've taken; sorry for the weird angle.
as you can see, there's also hair loss; it comes off with the white flakes very easily. she's had this for awhile, couple of months, but the hair never came off this much..
just another note, on both ears, right below that part, there are two circles that used to be kind of bloody/scabby but now is white and flaky too but not as noticeable.
if anyone has any experience with this or know what it is, please let me know! thank you.





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Old 06-03-2012, 04:52 PM
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I don't see pictures, but white doesn't equal blood I would say its possible ringworm but normally ringworm is not symmetrical.

Can you post pics?
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:30 PM
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this one is not symmetrical since it's only on one ear but the two circles [not pictured] are in the same area on both ears.

link b/c image is too big. http://i46.tinypic.com/52x3l1.jpg



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The hair is coming out easily around the spot/on the spot? This looks like ringworm to me

Can you take a picture of the spots behind the ears?

If it is ringworm its simple to treat, you can buy miconazole cream at your local drug store and apply it twice a day.
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this is the one i already showed you:

another angle:


and here are the ones UNDER the ear [below flaps]
they're really hard to see but they're just that bunch of white flakes, these are more circular than the other one..
the same ear as before:

and the other ear:


the two under the ear WERE bloody/scabby/bumpy before, but after removing the scabs, they became flaky like this.

if it is ringworms, i've researched that it is contagious to humans? but she's had this for awhile and there hasn't been much physical affect from what i can see. i'd still like to treat it though because no one likes a fungal/infected ear. :c
thank you for the responses by the way, i really appreciate them.
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No problem!!!!
On those last two spots can you pull the hair out easily?

Ringworm is contagious but it doesn't mean you or anyone else, or anything else for that matter, in the home will get it

I foster ringworm kittens for work and only one of my dogs gets lesions, all the other animals haven't gotten it.
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no the two on the bottom are just flaky, not really much of hair loss, maybe the hair is already gone a bit, but not as bad as the single one on top. the ones under the flap remind me of dry skin or something, but the one on top looks like its the cartilage of her ear or something.):
and i heard it was common in cats way more than dogs. and in younger animals; she's already 2 so her immune system should be better?
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The thick flaky look the first one has screams ringworm. It literally is identical to one of my fosters ears.

Working for a rescue I see plenty of dogs come in with ringworm, but yes more cats, could it be because there are always a lot more cat/kittens on the streets? Yes.

My Pit is 3 and he is the one who gets ringworm. It has nothing to do with age. Everything else is ok with your pup yes? Eating normally? Bowel movements are normal? You can always have your vet use a woodslamp on it to see if it glows, but even then not all ringworm glows. If she is ok other than the spots I would try the fungal cream and keep an eye on her
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haha yea she loves food; if she refuses it, then that would be a scare!
but today i think she had a bit of diarrhea, it's kind of common, maybe from the excess veggies she eats.
a fungal cream, do you think the one you mentioned before would be good, miconazole? any other brands in case we can't find that? would it hurt if it wasn't diagnosed by a vet but we applied the cream anyway? would there be negative affects?
thanks so much for the help.
are those baby birds in your picture? cute, but a bit scary. they go nomnomnomnom.
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haha yea she loves food; if she refuses it, then that would be a scare!
The food motivated dogs are the easiest ones to catch if they arent feeling well because they wont eat

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but today i think she had a bit of diarrhea, it's kind of common, maybe from the excess veggies she eats.
Yea some can cause gas and diarrhea. I would cut back a smidge if its something you see often

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a fungal cream, do you think the one you mentioned before would be good, miconazole? any other brands in case we can't find that?
Any anti fungal cream will work I have used new skin on my dog too. It is a liquid that dries quick and it smothers the ringworm. Antifungals are safe as long as you rub it in well and don't let your pup ingest it. Being the ear it should be easy to do that

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would it hurt if it wasn't diagnosed by a vet but we applied the cream anyway? would there be negative affects?
Absolutely not. If it doesn't clear up after awhile using the cream then its worth having your vet look at it. I notice that some vets make a big deal about Ringworm You will want to clean your home to rid of it, but if you live somewhere cold it is likely to freeze out if you aren't a heater user I pretty much use bleach water on tile and walls, and an enzyme cleaner to shampoo my carpets with monthly.

Anywho that was probably way more info than you even cared for haha
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thanks so much for the help.
absolutely!
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are those baby birds in your picture? cute, but a bit scary. they go nomnomnomnom.
hehe yep! Baby Ravens!
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