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Old 03-03-2019, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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every winter the ear tips and edges on our lab get thick and leathery and loose some hair off the edges, it clears up in the summer but this winter it seems a bit worse, i have been putting aloe Vera on the edges to help moisturize them but does anyone have any ideas of what else i can try, they don't seem to bother her and the inside of her ears are ok and clean. i think part of the problem is her head is small as she's from working lines and her ears are quite big so when she shakes her head she aggravates the problem.
I am after something to stop the edges drying out and help promote hair growth where its thinned.
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You really need to talk to your vet about this, as there are several things it can be. Scabies is the first which springs to mind, but if I read this right, it's happened before, which makes me think it's probably not this. Ear Margin Hyperkeratosis is probably more likely.

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thanks John, the first thing i need to do is find another vet, the one i had who was a good independent practice sold out to a large franchise so i am looking for another independent practice. i don't think it is scabies as it seems to be seasonal, during the summer it clears up and she is fine.
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There is a condition in Labradors, Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis, which results in hard crusty skin on the nose. I cant help wondering if there is a genetic link between the two. There is actually a DNA test for this. I stress I know nothing which would link the two conditions, except they are both forms of Keratosis, but I think if it was me I would give the DNA test a try. I stress it may be a complete waste of 60 quid, but then, that's no more than one trip to the vet.

https://www.animaldnadiagnostics.co.uk/breed/dog/60

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just an update on the ears, we went to a vet a few weeks ago who was a bit puzzled as to what it could be, she gave us a treatment for mites and fleas that is supposed to last 3 months and said if there is no improvement the next step might be blood tests to see if there is an alergy to something. The vet was puzzled as it does not seem to irritate pippa at all and also there is no hair loss around the eyes which there usually is with mites.


we think that here nose is looking better than it did but her ears are still as bad but i suppose it will take a while for the hair to grow back. I think we will see how she goes over the next month or so, as its not bothering her at all we dont really want to start having blood tests just yet.


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Somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind I've seen something like this. Sorry, I cant put my finger on it, but hopefully it will come to me, probably around 2am when I'm sleeping.
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