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My dog has really red yes, a red tongue, and now her nose

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my dog has really red yes, a red tongue, and now her nose really dry and peeling off almost. She also has a patch of dry scaly bumps on top of her snout. Our vet has not given us any direction?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Can you upload a photo(s) of her face to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I do not have one nor do I have access to get one????
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I understand. Your vet needs to clarify why those skin changes are occurring. When the nose is affected in that manner, pyoderma (bacterial skin infection), autoimmune skin diseases such as the pemphigus complex and lupus erythematosus, fungal infection, and solar dermatitis are important differential diagnoses. Cytology (microscopic exam of a small sample of the skin surface), bacterial and fungal cultures, skin scrapings, and biopsy of the skin might all be performed. Red eyes and tongue can suggest dehydration, sepsis (spread of in infection), or systemic inflammation.

If your vet doesn't know how to proceed, another vet should be consulted. You also have the option of having a specialist veterinary dermatologist (please see here: attend to your shepard. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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