Questions tagged [skin-condition]

For questions about skin conditions, care and treatment of a pet. Concerns about whether the skin is normal or healthy, what may be the possible causes and treatments of a skin condition. Include details and pictures where possible. Use with the relevant species tag, such as `cat`

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What can I do about the black dots on my cat's chin?

I got a new cat a couple weeks ago. She came from a shelter with a clean bill of health. Over the past few days, I've noticed that she's been developing some black spots on her chin that look a bit ...
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What can I do for a dog with really dry skin

I have a 15 year old Pekingese that we rescued about 5 years ago. He has always had food and drug allergies and we have been careful about what shampoos we use, and what we let him eat. Over the ...
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Is there anything safe to put on a Naked or Skinny guinea pigs skin

I recently picked up a Skinny cavy boar. The person that originally rescued the guinea pig did not know anything about them or how to care for them and turned to me since I raise guinea pigs. He ...
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Does a dog's pink or white skin need special care?

I have noticed there's a dog with white fur and pink skin on her belly, under her fur and on her nose. Her skin is paler than most dogs I have noticed with black fur. Is this pink skin more ...
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Cat mowing and chewing until skin bleeds

We have a cat (maybe 2 years old, adopted) who has suddenly started chewing (not just licking) a spot bald from biting herself. She's clearly hurting herself (she cries when she does it) but we're ...
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What is this dull patch on my bearded dragon?

I noticed today that my bearded dragon has a dull-looking patch on her back. Does anyone know what might have caused this? Is she sick? I'm very concerned. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Hypersensitivity and Flakes at Base of Tail

My cat has had problems with hypersensitivity near the base of his tail. He had fleas for a time, and I thought it was perhaps flea allergy dermatitis. I used Advantix II for large cats (he exceeded ...
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What is a good moisturizer for a dog's pads?

My dog loves walks and with winter upon us, salt is everywhere. Salt seriously dries out skin, so what is a good moisturizer for both her and me? I have all natural coconut oil based lotion and cream ...
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My Cat is missing hair on her neck

I've just discovered that my cat has a huge patch of missing hair on her neck. Is this something serious?
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My parrot's feathers aren't growing back

I have a ten year old female ringneck parrot. Last year she had lead poisoning and plucked out most of her feathers. Almost all her feathers have grown back now, but there are still areas on her chest ...
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How to locate trigger of atopic dermatitis

If you know that a cat has atopic dermatits (diagnosed by veterinarian), how can you know what triggers it? How can you know if the trigger is inside or outside, in the food or something else, maybe ...
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Strange dark scabbing near cat's nose

My male cat is about 10 months old and I noticed a strange dark spot forming in/around his nose the past couple days. Originally I thought it was simply Feline Acne, as he had some on his chin that ...
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Rabbit is losing hair on the nose and skin is getting crusty

My rabbit is losing the hair around her nose, and the skin there is also looking crusty. I took my rabbit to a vet but they don't know what's wrong with her. The outline of her mouth is also very ...
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Can I treat cat dandruff at home?

Two of my four cats (the two elder) have recently developed TERRIBLE horrific dandruff. Since it developed at about the same time as the cold weather and increased use of home heating, I believe their ...
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Black dark spot on kitten's face

I found this spot on my 7 week old kitten, it doesn't seem to be painful. I tried to clean it using H2O2 solution - it went away, but 5 days later appeared again together with a new spot on the nose. ...
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What kind of shampoo to get for dry skin?

My dog has dry spots and I want to get a good shampoo. I saw a lot of shampoo online, but I know a lot of the benefits can be misleading. So, I'd like to what ingredients I should look for in dog ...
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Pleco has a burn! Help, please!

My common pleco, named Fossil, spent his whole day willingly stuck on the wall, with his back (just above the dorsal fin) touching the heater. When I put my net in the tank to nudge him away from the ...
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Swollen cat lip

What could be the cause of the swollen lip? Any ideas and tips for a cure? We would rather not give him medication for this. He had it about 3 months ago. He is a year old, outdour cat; has been ...
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What is this weird pimple on my cat's skin?

I have 2 questions to ask I was looking for fleas and found this. What is this called? Is it related to fleas? The condition that the cat has good coat on his lower / belly / heart side and poor ...
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What is this bump on my cat's lip?

I've recently noticed my cat has this bump on her lip. I dont know when it appeared exactly, but it's a few months at most. It feels very soft and the cat doesnt seem to feel pain when it is touched. ...
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Cat with itchy skin

About six months ago, I adopted two cats from a local shelter who are the light of my life. One of my cats, "Prof. Paws", seems to be prone to allergies and have a tendency to itchy skin. When I first ...
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What could cause my dog's rash and yellow flakes besides allergies?

My 12-year-old Australian Shepherd/Greyhound mix has had a serious skin ailment for almost a year now, somewhat similar to this post: red rash on various parts of his body (at different times, on his ...
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Diagnosing a skin condition in a kitten with no qualified vets around

I have a queen with a litter of 4-weeks-old (as of upcoming Sunday) kittens, and one of the kittens has skin problems. I contacted my regular vets (I have 2), and they weren't able to help. So, I ...
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Should I get a second opinion from a different vet regarding my cat's hair loss, dark spots in ear and scabby skin?

I've had my local Banfield vet check my cat because of dark spots in the ear and local hair loss on the same ear. They did an ear swab that showed nothing wrong, even though there is dark icky build ...
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Dirty cat ears, is it mites?

I have a kitten. When I got him, he had a lot of black wax in his ears, it looked like mites. We went to vet, and he just cleaned his ears with cotton soaked in something and said that it wasn't mites,...
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Bearded dragon has weird discoloration

Recently I've noticed my dragon has some discoloration. It doesn't appear to be painful as he still curls his tail like normally when the area is touched. I assumed it may be his lighting and heat, ...
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Miniature Schnauzer Thicker hair grow after skin problems

I have an 11 year old miniature schnauzer, and around 4-ish years ago she developed skin allergies in her "lower-back" close to the tail, and she wouldn't stop scratching until the point of hurting ...
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My goldfish started growing a flower-like thing on his head and it is now disturbing it during eating

My pet goldfish, Mentos, has a flower-like structure growing on his head. At first, we didn't take it as a big issue. Now, it started concerning us and the fish itself because it blocks him from ...
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My pet rat won't stop reopening his wound

My rat has this big bump on his shoulder that he made into a wound and he won't stop reopening it. He's 2 years old, so I'm scared to stress him out too much with excessive treatment. What to do?
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My pet rat keeps hurting herself and I don't know what to do

So I've had my pet rat for 2 months now and when we first got her she had a tiny scab on the back of her neck. It wasn't a big deal, but now she has a huge scab that I constantly see her biting and ...
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Skin Lesions On Dog - Could This Be Mange?

So we have a 4-year-old Aussie mix who's come down with an odd rash since we last gave her a trim. The rash doesn't match any description of mange exactly, which has caused me to wonder what the best ...
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Do my kitten's ears look like they have mites?

He's a ~12 week old rescue, and his ears look a bit mangy. He's going to the vet in about a week, but I'm wondering if it's necessary to take him sooner, especially since we've adopted another rescue ...
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What is happening to my cat’s ear?

It started on the inside and now it is all over her ear. The vet told us to put some cream on it. It got worse, so we have her in a cone and some antibiotics. Any have any idea? I’m so sad to see my ...
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Dark Hairless Spot On Skin

While brushing our 5 year old Schnauzer-Poodle we found a bald spot. We have not noticed him trying to lick or rub this spot. It is completely flat, and looks like this: Any ideas on what this could ...
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What is the white spot on my Bearded Dragon's head? It does not look like shedding skin

This white spot is much thicker than shedding skin and seems to be on his eyelid as well. Could it be a fungus?
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What is this wound on my dog's leg? Help me please

Weeks ago the leg of my 5 years old boxer was very swollen and he even walked a little limp, time later a kind of wound was formed and until today it has not been removed. Thought my dog does not ...
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What is this wound on my dog's nose?

Any idea as to what this is? it started happening about 3-4 days ago. we think it might be something in his kennel so we have been making him sleep in a different room, but it keeps getting worse over ...
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What can this be in my dog's skin?

My dog's had these spots in her skin for some time. I'm including photos of the lesions. They're very itchy; she's always scratching herself. They also smell. What can it be and what medication can I ...
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What are these odd bumps on my Dachshund's cheeks?

Our Dachshund puppy has started to grow three odd bumps: one on each cheek and a smaller one on the underside of her chin. Please examine this photo taken just a moment ago: I have circled the bump ...
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What can be the cause of my cat's nose turning black in hours?

My cat went out this morning at 7am and all seemed fine. When I came back home, I notice her nose was dark. I thought it could've been dirt, but after checking I noticed not only it is black, but also ...
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Cat presented multiple symptoms over the past 2 days

This is not a cat I have direct contact with, it's a cat taken care of by a friend who lives in another country. The cat is a stray they picked up, he's about 1 year old from what she's been told (she'...
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What is this scabbing and hair loss on my cat's ear?

Hi my cat is about 4 years old now and something that we just recently came to notice is that he has a bit of scabs and peeling/hair loss on one of his ears. We're not sure what it could be, but we're ...
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Dark and scabby spot on my kitten's nose

Hello everyone and thanks for reading this. In the last days, I noticed that my kitten, he is three months old, has a black spot right above the nose (you can see in the photo) and I wonder what it is,...
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Pug Allergy - Skin Rash

I have a pug and it's usually very active and we don't feed anything apart from Drools Focus Puppy. Recently, it got a Skin Rash on the top neck region and gradually it started expanding. We had ...
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What could be the cause of my dogs hair pattern?

I've recently started to notice that my dog (staff, female) is getting quite patchy hair on the top of her head. She also has a bald patch on her neck that I am unable to get a picture if at this ...
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Shriveled scales on arms and stomach?

My beardie has had a few shriveled up looking scales on his stomach for a little while, at first it was just one or two but now there are significantly more, and they've spread to his arms too. I'm ...
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How worried should I be about my dog having her second wart in a year or so?

Last year, my dog (a female yellow lab, who is now about 2 1/2 years old) developed a growth on her leg. I took her to the vet, and the diagnosis was a relief - it was just a wart (I don't remember ...
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Any Idea What This Bump Is?

We discovered this bump behind our dog's shoulder. It's maybe 3 - 4 mm (1/4 inch) or so. It feels more hard than squishy. It doesn't seem to be an infection and it doesn't ...
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English Springer spaniel hair thinning and pigment loss

Two trips to our local vet and we have ruled out all the big players that would show up on blood work. 2 separate thyroid tests, Cushing's syndrome, cancer... all blood work and urine is normal. He is ...
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What causes bald spot between eye and ears on a cat?

My cat is 7 months old and I've only got her for 2 weeks. She came with symmetrical bald spots on both sides of her face that ran from her ears to her eyes. What might have caused this? She rarely ...