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My dog is 17 and has lost fur on his back ears and has dry

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My dog is 17 and has lost fur on his back ears and has dry skin
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice the dryness? Has the dog been licking or rubbing the skin?
Customer: About a week ago and he isn’t licking or scratching anywhere
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: riley and he is 17
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Riley?
Customer: he also has a lump on his tail that my mum said he’s had for a while but I’ve only just noticed. But apart from that he is eating and drinking normally
Submitted: 8 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Riley.

Would a photo of his ears and skin be possible please?

Is the skin thickened or red?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
File attached (S25SP5L)
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Here are the photos
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** very clear.

I can see there is significant fur loss, the fur and skin are dry and the skin also looks a little thickened and dark.

Does he have any other signs such as panting, bloating, weight gain, lethargy or excess thirst?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
No other signs
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
His skin doesn’t feel thickened
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Thank you, sure.

Has he ever had any skin issues before?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
He’s had a bit of dry skin in the past but apart from that no
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Sure thing.

Before typing my reply, is there anything else I should know?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
I’ve also noticed a lump on his tail. My mum said it’s been there a while but I have only just noticed it
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
It’s hard to tell cos of his fur but there’s a lump at the start of his tail
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Ok, sure.

Please bear with me as I type my reply.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Extensive fur loss like this that is mainly symmetrical and not associated with itching is usually hormonal.

This can mean an endocrine disorder such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease.

We'd also consider a fungal infection or autoimmune disease.

A vet check is important so we can assess Riley and check his skin. We'd ideally take a blood test to check hormone levels as oral medicine may be needed.

With regards ***** ***** the vet can analyse this if concerned. It may be e.g. a fatty lump or cyst but we want to ensure there is not more going on.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** things we have thought about. I am going to book an app x
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Ok, sure thing.

Do you have any further questions today?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
No that’s it thank you
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Sure thing and take care.

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