We recently took in a shelter dog, a 3-month old Pointer mix. She is almost bald on the backs of her ears. Is this a medical problem? She also has oily skin and a distinct smell. We had her groomed 2 days ago. Thanks for any help or suggestions.
You should take your dog to the vet and have them do a skin scrape. It could be one of many things, or any combo thereof. I don't know if demodectic mange is common in pointers, but it does usually have a distinctive smell to it. It could be anything from a rash to something heredetary or some form of mites/mange.
Don't freak out because most of this stuff is totally treatable - either meds from the vet or you could look into natural remedies.
In any case, usually skin & coat problems tend to get worse over time, so don't delay getting your dog to the vet.
is the skin sort of punky like tacky feling? Is there any scabbing? Is she itching a lot? She very well could have demodectic mange whitch is hareditary. If it is the other mange this is contagious. It is not all that uncommon for shelter dogs to occasionally get a case of the contagious mange. But if treated it will be fine. Demodectic as I said is hereditary and is often brought on by stress. If it is only by her earls it is a localized case and this is better then if it were all over that would be a generalized case and harder to treat. The problem you have to watch for in either case is a staff infection. This is evident by doars and puss with lots of scabbing and often bleeding. Mostly caused by the scratching of the skin until it is raw and bleeds. A staff infection can kill your dog. Both these conditions if left untreated can end up infected not to mention they are miserable for the dog. Keep the dog clean at all times. Any signs of sores and use neosporin or bag balm but get the dog to a vet ASAP this is nothing to play with.
Thank you!! At this point there's no sign of scabbing or itching - she doesn't seem to notice that she's missing hair or that there's anything wrong. I will take her to the vet and take care of it early, whatever it is.