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by GSCat on 22 April 2018 - 10:04

My 2 1/2 y/o female GSD has what I can only describe as worn spots on the backs of her ears. It's kind of grayish and it looks like some of the hair is worn off.

She's not in any pain, she's not scratching, and I don't find any evidence of this anyplace else on her body or head. No bugs or fleas or anything else anywhere that I can find, either. The cat is indoor-only and is OK, and the dog doesn't have access to the litter box.

She doesn't go to the dog park, but she did interact with a dog that does several days ago.

Does anyone have any idea what this might be and how to fix it? We're due to go to the vet in a month or so, but I'd just as soon not let it go that long if I can help it.

Thanks, in advance.

by cherjam81 on 22 April 2018 - 11:04

Is it the tip of her ears? Do you have a big black fly problem where you live?

When we had our sled dogs the flies in the summer were murder on their ears. We would use Fly Off on them or Wipe (used mainly for horses) to keep the flies off the ears.

Not sure where you are at but this usually is a seasonal thing where we are.

by Hundmutter on 22 April 2018 - 13:04

? Test for Ringworm, that often does not itch.

by GSCat on 22 April 2018 - 20:04

Thank you Cherjam81 and Hundmutter.

No fly problem here except sometimes in August.

Doesn't look like ringworm.

I have no way of getting a pic onto the computer so everyone could see, so I've been looking and looking for a pic that's like it on the internet... The closest thing I found was OP in an old PDB thread http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/community.read?post=709683-why-is-her-ear-tip-losing-hair

Thanks, again.


by Lunastar on 23 April 2018 - 00:04

Take her to the vet to be on the safe side and have them scrape her skin and test her blood for anything abnormal. It could be from flies biting her as I had the same problem every spring through summer when my dogs spent a lot of time outside. Like cherjam81 I just started spraying my dogs with horse fly spray and the flies bothered them no more. But it could also be worse like ringworm or even mange. Just one time being close to another dog or even a cat and she could get just about anything from them. Some animals carry ringworm or mange, but don't show any signs of it and then pass it on to other animals. Found that out the hard way when we rescued a stray cat and he turned out to have ringworm. We did strict crate/kennel quarantines after that of any new animals, no matter how healthy them seemed. So it's better safe then sorry by going to the vet quickly. Having it treated early will not only prevent your dog from suffering in the future, if it is bad, but it will also cost you less money in the end. We learned many hard lessons from rescuing animals over the years and this is one of them.


by Hundmutter on 23 April 2018 - 06:04

And as we found out from a thred here not too long ago, some Ringworm does not 'look like' Ringworm !

by GSCat on 23 April 2018 - 16:04

Thank you Lunastar and Hundmutter.

by GSCat on 20 June 2018 - 02:06

And the (belated) answer is....

… the cat has been chewing/licking and kneading/scratching on the GSD ears Omg Smile

I caught him at it when we were at the vet.

The GSD seems to enjoy it Roll eyes

At least it's something we can laugh at Regular Smile


And all tests were negative for everything Shades Smile 



by Hundmutter on 20 June 2018 - 07:06

Ah ! Animal interrelationships and grooming - don'tcha just luv 'em ?

So glad that's all it turned out to be.

Western Rider (admin)

by Western Rider on 20 June 2018 - 07:06

Mystery solved   if you don't want this helping groomer to continue try a little Vick's on the spots.

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