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Old 03-27-2017, 11:50 AM
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Marks around mouth?

A couple weeks ago my dog developed small spots around his mouth. They look like areas where the hair is gone and is a skin color. Over the weeks the spread around his mouth and seem to be growing in size. They are flat not raised, and he seems to be itching his face lately. He is a 1yr old Australian Shepherd. Any ideas what it could be?
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My staffie has some of these marks; strange de-pigmented areas that sometimes are the precursor to some infection or other, but sometimes they go away without "blowing up". I wondered for the longest time if she got them from daily living, out and about in the woods, chewing stuff, etc., because some of the permanent spots are where her canine teeth lay against her lower lip, and things like that. But other spots, especially on the upper muzzle/nose, there's hair loss in addition to the loss of pigmentation, which is a good indication for me that something nasty is coming. She's had serious infections before, so whenever these spots show up now I repress my urge to freak out, and dob them with some chelated silver a couple of times a day for a few days. It's a great anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

There's also a condition called Vitiligo (explained pretty well here and here with some low-res pictures) that might cover what you're seeing with your aussie, and with my staffie sometimes. Apparently there's no treatment, and pigmentation may return or it may be permanent.
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