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My seven year old staffie has lost hair from the bridge of

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My seven year old staffie has lost hair from the bridge of his nose. His nose and edges of his ears are dry and crusty. Can you tell me what the likely cause is and is there a treatment that we can get to help?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.
So sorry to hear your Staffie has these changes.
The primary causes are going to include a low thyroid function, an immune mediated condition of which there are several, a fly or mite condition (unlikely in your locale or with his age), fungal, or an allergy which is also less likely.
Hypothyroidism is easily diagnosed with some basic bloodwork and treated with an oral supplementation for this condition longterm:
http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/hormones-body-chemistry/hypothyroidism-in-dogs
Once hypothyroidism is ruled out the next step is biopsy of one of the areas so that the diagnosis can be made and appropriate medication initiated. For immune mediated conditions there are medications to treat this but are not advised unless this diagnosis is made:
Erythema Mulitforme: http://dermvettacoma.com/erythema_multiforme.html
Vasculitis: http://www.dermatologyforanimals.com/faq-51/
I hope this makes sense but please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with or clarify today.
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