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My 11 year old Westie 's skin has been turning black, it

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My 11 year old Westie 's skin has been turning black, it will come off of I rub pretty hard using witch hazel, I've only gotten it off if the inside of his ears. The rest of his skin is black also
He is not losing any hair or isn't itchy.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question.

Does the skin bleed where you rub off the black?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.

Does it seem to bother him when you're rubbing at it?

And the discoloration is all over?

Do you know if he has any health issues underlying?

Do you know if he's had his thyroid checked lately?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It dissent seem to bother him when I rub it off
The discoloration is mostly all over except his back
He has no known health issues
I haven't had his thyroid checked
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.

Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

Whenever a dog has a new skin condition, the first thing to do is to have your vet take a peek. They should do a thyroid screening (problems with the thyroid can often cause dermatological issues) and then possibly a skin scraping (where they take the edge of a scalpel blade and take off the first layer of skin and then look at it under a microscope to determine if there's a bacterial or yeast infection).

If the medical screening comes back clear, then odds are that this is just a normal aging change and nothing to be worried about. In the meantime, while you're waiting to see the vet, I'd stop trying to rub it off. Some skin infections can get "angry" meaning that the more you try to get rid of them, the more they holding off on rubbing the areas until the vet determines what kind of infection there is will give you the best outcome.

I hope this helps.

Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Jovie. How is everything going?