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Pink dog nose

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I have a Austrailan Shepherd, Red Merle. Her nose is very pink. More often than not, it is pealing and forming scabs with some bleeding. I've used sun block and other creams but she licks them off immediately. What's the problem? Someone mentioned tatooing the nose but I don't know how credible that is. Please advise.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.
 How old? When did this start? Has a vet checked it?

Dr.V

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vamvakias's Post: The dog is 4.5 yrs old. I got her when whe was 1 year old. it's been happening since I adopted her.

A vet has looked at her and mentioned lupus. He did do a biopsy of the nose, came out negative. Just looking for fresh ideas.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
I never got an answer to my question. I'll reiterate. The Dog's been to the vet. He mentioned lulpus. They did a biopsy of the nose,came up negative. He also mentioned steroids. Do you have any other ideas.
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

 Mark,


I am sorry. We get so many questions...many times I don't see when people reply!


THere are different things...immune mediated issues (responsive to steroids) come to mind just because of the breed...but there are tests to help diagnose.


Sun issues with being a pink nose is a problem as well...there are waterproof heavy duty sunblocks ...and I have heard of tatooing as well, but have never used that.


Some breeds have zinc responsive dermatitis on the nose...and the addition to zinc helps.


The main thing is to get the diagnosis so you are not hitting your dog with a ton of drugs.


I personally would ask for a referral to a derm vet. It may be an extra $20-40 dollars for an appointment, but in the long run..it will save you $100s of guesses!


And again, I am sorry I left you hanging!!


Dr.Vamvakias

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