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Old 03-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Loosing hair on the bridge of the nose

My dog is 4 years old, male, and he began loosing hair around his nose. The hair comes off pretty easily when you rub it a little with a wet tissue, he doesn't have any other problems. His ears and tail are fine. I don't know if it's because that whenever he opens a door, he uses his nose (muzzle) to push it. The weather here is pretty cold, but he only goes for a small walk 1-2 times a week. Usually in the summer I walk him a lot more often.
Please help, I'm probably going to take him to a vet, unless it's not a big big problem and can be fixed at home.

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With that much hair gone from his nose, I think I would certainly take him to the Vet. I hope he is OK.
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I agree. Lucy was losing a little hair from one side of her nose. Her vet had me put a little antibiotic ointment where her tear stains run (but not right at the eye). He said that sometimes there's a little bacteria in the running tears.

I did it for a couple of weeks and it cleared right up.

I would have a vet look at your dog though because that's quite a lot gone.
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I agree with what the others have said... It might be an infection and he should be seen by a vet.
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Daisy has allergies and loses hair from her nose seasonally. Let your vet check it out to find the cause.
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I would go to the vet and get the area cultured. If it's ringworm, you definitely want to know sooner than later, since it's contagious. Growing out the specimen in culture usually takes 10-14 days.
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I would go to the vet ASAP as hair loss on the bridge of the nose could be anything from allergies or ringworm to cushings.
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You should have a vet check it to be sure; but I would not be surprised to hear it is from pushing the door. Dogs often wear the hair off their noses when they are in crates....or when they sniff under doors.
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The vet should take a look.

It's hard to tell from the pics, but it looks similar to what happened to my pup. The thread is here somewhere with pics. Scraping, culture, and biopsy were all negative. I decided to do all the testing because it was bothering me. The histopathologist that looked at it did send back a message - something about they wonder about ringworm in cases like Ellie's...but her culture was negative.

Anyway, there are SO many things that can cause hair loss on the nose. So the vet will be your best bet.
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This happened to my dog, and it was a yeast infection that required Meds.
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I had one who rubbed his nose under the edge of the sofa and his stayed thin because of that. He had an allergy and stayed on allergy meds but that was his way of scratching.
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I agree with the others about asking the vet. When we first got our little rescue Lolita she had leather ear and her nose was nearly bald for about a inch wide strip the full length of it. The vet said when we cleaned her ears with alcohol and doctored them to do the same to her nose and it worked. Good luck.
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I agree with the others about asking the vet. When we first got our little rescue Lolita she had leather ear and her nose was nearly bald for about a inch wide strip the full length of it. The vet said when we cleaned her ears with alcohol and doctored them to do the same to her nose and it worked. Good luck.
That's what I was thinking this may be. See this article:

My dog has black slimy ears now and I was told this was winter ear. What can I do about it?

Leather ear, slick ear, English ear, black ear does affect some toy dogs, namely Yorkies, rather seriously. It can be responsible for hair loss on the ears, hocks, and the end of the tail and leaves a slimy black substance in those places. Some people think it is a fungus and some think it is a "rabbit mite". Frankly, having spent hundreds of dollars in the 70's to cure it, I still can't tell you what it is but I can tell you how to keep from getting it or how to get rid of it once you've "got it".

At the first sign of black around the edges of the ear, wipe the ear with "dog-o-dontic pads" dipped in alcohol. Bathe in Betadine or Plexadine Shampoo, paying particular attention to the ears, end of tail, and hocks. Use Ear Guard by Gerard Pellham regularly in the ears and cover the ears, hocks, and end of tail with a thin coating of Lotrimin 1%....no other kind of Lotrimin...just Lotrimin 1%, every day until the problem is solved! You will notice the ear begin to get very dry. Stop using the Lotrimin 1% if the ears get too dry! Another product which I have recently used for this problem is #l All Systems Tea Tree Oil and I'm happy to say that it works! This stuff is also really good to spray on "wrappers" as it is not too tasty!
Softer coated dogs never seem to have a problem with this but the silky coated dog with a lower skin temperature seems to have a problem when colder weather and high humidity prevail. Keep the dogs warmer and wash them at least once a week using Betadine or Iodine shampoo in those areas which are susceptible. You will be in control if you follow these instructions. It is also a good idea to have your veterinarian do a thyroid function test on dogs with these symptoms because some dogs with this problem also have a low thyroid function and medication may help the situation and keep the dog from becoming sterile and the bitch from having unusually small litters.

There are pictures at this link about halfway down the page.

Alex's Yorkie Care Frequently Asked Questions. Page 3.

The article mentions tea tree oil and that is a natural antibiotic.
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That's what I was thinking this may be. See this article:

My dog has black slimy ears now and I was told this was winter ear. What can I do about it?

Leather ear, slick ear, English ear, black ear does affect some toy dogs, namely Yorkies, rather seriously. It can be responsible for hair loss on the ears, hocks, and the end of the tail and leaves a slimy black substance in those places. Some people think it is a fungus and some think it is a "rabbit mite". Frankly, having spent hundreds of dollars in the 70's to cure it, I still can't tell you what it is but I can tell you how to keep from getting it or how to get rid of it once you've "got it".

At the first sign of black around the edges of the ear, wipe the ear with "dog-o-dontic pads" dipped in alcohol. Bathe in Betadine or Plexadine Shampoo, paying particular attention to the ears, end of tail, and hocks. Use Ear Guard by Gerard Pellham regularly in the ears and cover the ears, hocks, and end of tail with a thin coating of Lotrimin 1%....no other kind of Lotrimin...just Lotrimin 1%, every day until the problem is solved! You will notice the ear begin to get very dry. Stop using the Lotrimin 1% if the ears get too dry! Another product which I have recently used for this problem is #l All Systems Tea Tree Oil and I'm happy to say that it works! This stuff is also really good to spray on "wrappers" as it is not too tasty!
Softer coated dogs never seem to have a problem with this but the silky coated dog with a lower skin temperature seems to have a problem when colder weather and high humidity prevail. Keep the dogs warmer and wash them at least once a week using Betadine or Iodine shampoo in those areas which are susceptible. You will be in control if you follow these instructions. It is also a good idea to have your veterinarian do a thyroid function test on dogs with these symptoms because some dogs with this problem also have a low thyroid function and medication may help the situation and keep the dog from becoming sterile and the bitch from having unusually small litters.

There are pictures at this link about halfway down the page.

Alex's Yorkie Care Frequently Asked Questions. Page 3.

The article mentions tea tree oil and that is a natural antibiotic.
This is also common in the Daschund breed. Just a little FYI
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Did you ever find out what it was? My dog has the same thing and 2 vets haven't been able to give me a straight answer as to what it is.
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