Sometime after the fall ended and winter started, I started to notice tiny tuffs of fur coming off of Bear’s ears. It was isolated along the edges. Not entirely sure what was going on, I kept an eye on it.
It lessened, but didn’t go away. Then I noticed the skin of his ears had turned flaky. And when rubbed the flakes and fur came right off.
Not sure if it was just dry skin from winter time or something worse, I mentioned it to Dr. I the next time we were in for his laser therapy. She was a bit puzzled, especially since it seemed isolated to the backs of his ears and the rest of his ears looked just fine.
She gave it a smell and said it had a yeasty smell to it. Not wanting to put him on medicine, she prescribed a medicated shampoo, hoping it will knock out whatever is causing this yeasty nastiness on Bear.
He HATES the bath. Especially because the shampoo requires 10 minutes between lathering it up and rinsing it off. But he is being a real trooper.
I am amazed at how much fur is coming off him. I honestly have no idea why he isn’t bald yet with all this bathing.
Anyways, knowing this might be a food allergy, I’m switching him off the fish he is eating now to something he’s never had before – venison. If he’s developed an allergy to fish, I’ll be really sad since it is so good for his coat. But, small price to pay for a healthy dog.