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My old 12 year old foxie his fur has turned a reddish on his

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my old 12 year old foxie his fur has turned a reddish on his back on one side
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I'm sorry that no one has reached out to you sooner about Garfield. Are you still needing help with him?

If so, can you please attach pictures of what you're seeing at home?
Is he licking or chewing in this area?
What flea prevention is he on and when was it last applied?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
its winter here in Australia, he does not have flees, no he is not scratching or licking or chewing the area, it is not worrying him at all
I am having a problem trying to add a photo, I will try my iphone
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Helen, thanks for your response and the pictures.

We commonly see that saliva stains the coat red of they are licking. However, if he's not licking it could be due to mineral content in his food or water or yeast.

Unless it is causing him problems, there may be no reason for worry. If you do become concerned, having your veterinarian take some microscopic samples for evaluation of the area may help with a diagnosis. As well, you can also try switching him to bottled water instead of tap and changing foods might also yield a change in the coloration as well.

Let me know if I can help further.