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My Black Staffy has pale skin around his eyes

Discussion in 'Staffordshire Bull Terrier' started by Ahmed Farid, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    Hello everyone,

    I have a staffy puppy that is almost 3 month, its a black male. He eats well and is very active, but his skin is pale around the eyes, they look like they are dehydrated maybe? his sister does not have the same "paleness" around the eyes. Is that normal? Im not sure so im worried

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    Ps: sorry for any mistakes, english is not my 1st language.
    Also i don't claim this puppy to be anything, i was told its a staffy. No way to be sure.
    just wanna make sure hes ok
     
  2. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    Perfectly normal, your puppy just has lighter skin pigment than the sibling.
     
  3. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    Thank you SevenSins :) !

    Sorry for the double post, is there a way to delete it?
     
  4. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Has it always been that way or just recently? Is the fur thinner right there or just lighter?
     
  5. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    yes the fur is a bit thinner there, also behind the the ears its thinner, and this pic is from the previous owner since i cant take any better pics at the moment. So as far as i know its been always like that. Any thoughts or concerns?
     
  6. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Well depends on how long its been like that and if it is getting thinner. Ive had to deal with demodex on my pup and it was right around the eyes that started thinning. But it was pretty obvious though. I dealt with it on 2 dogs and it started both wsys the same, thinning around the eyes. But I was able to treat it and heal it pretty quickly.
     
  7. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    Ive only had him for a week and he's been like that, No its not getting thinner or worse its just the same.
    and if this is some kind of mites shoudnt the sibling have the same conditions?

    Anyway thank you lizzie13, I'm scheduling with the vet tomorrow.
     
  8. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Not necessarily. They all have the mites but if the dogs immune system can't fight them off then it will show. But if your seeing the vet they can look at it. It's pretty easy to treat if caught early. You can do things to try and boost their immune system. But yes pups get the mites from mom but most don't have an issue if they have a healthy immune system.
     
  9. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    Aww, so they might all have it but some of them are too weak to fight it, makes sense. Im getting them both checked tomorrow and will also ask about how can i boost their immune system. Again thank you so much for taking the time to reply.
     
  10. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Remember that it might not be mites at all. One of my dogs and light hair around his eyes and ears. It's normal for some dogs.
     
  11. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Yes what uno said. He may be fine. Since you've only had him a week you have no way of knowing if he is just now thinning or has been like that. You should find out more tomorrow at the vet.
     
  12. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    Thank you unoriginal, i've showed it to a couple of people and they said its nothing to worry about too, but i asked here cause i know people are extra careful, and to be honest googling demodex after lizzie13 mentioned it makes me wanna take no chances.
     
  13. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    It's a good idea to get him checked out regardless since you've just taken ownership over him. That's step one for any new dog. It also allows you to touch base with your vet and begin your working relationship.
     
  14. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    My main reason for mentioning it was that's how my pups looked when it first came, but also because if it is demodex, it can be healed pretty quickly if you treat it at first signs. I know if it gets really bad (but don't think this would happen to a pup in your care since you appear to be proactive) it can be a real pain in the ass to treat. I had a foster who suffered from it and he still has not fully recovered and he broke out at about 3 months and he is almost a year now. But he must have a really jeopardized immune system. So anyways, in either case you should be just fine. :-)
     
  15. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    That...is not demodex. Hair is naturally thinner around the eyes and behind the ears, in the crease where the leg meets the shoulder, under the neck and on the muzzle in puppies, so obviously if you have a light-skinned puppy with dark hair it's going to look really thin there. If there is some random patch of hair missing or it's missing unevenly, sure, the puppy might have a mild case of demodex. MOST puppies, at some point, develop a mild case (usually before or during teething). Most people don't even notice it. Unless it becomes an issue and spreads because the puppy has an actual immune system dysfunction, it doesn't need to be treated, the dog's body will fight it off once the immune compromise that caused it to begin with is over with. People are too quick to rush to the vet an load up on ointments and antibiotics for every little problem that nature is fully capable of taking care of on its own.
     
  16. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    Ok thanks everybody for your replies, i just wanted to know what experienced owners have to say.
     
  17. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Well some vets don't automatically prescribe medicine. This happened with Lizzie when I first got Chance (probably stress of new puppy) and recently with Chance when he got nuetered last month. My vet didn't prescribe anything and said we will just watch after it. I started giving the missing link and nustock every few days. Both times healed up in a couple weeks. Of course it could of been that their own immune system fought it off but who knows. Lol but if she was already going to the vet then may as well seek an opinion.
     
  18. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    My problem comes in when the "opinion" turns into, "oh, microscopic patch of hair missing? let's do a skin scrape for X dollars... gee, I see one more mite there than statistically should be, let's go ahead and do ointments and dips and antibiotics for the next 5 weeks."
     
  19. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog





    Well yeah, thank goodness my vet isn't like that. Lol hopefully hers isn't either.
     
  20. Ahmed Farid

    Ahmed Farid Puppy

    SevenSins: I guess i know what you mean, but it sounds like "let me tax you now just in case there's nothing wrong with your pup :grin:" but that is less common over here since most pet owners cant/wont commit to that.

    Lizzie13: Yea I believe he's not, I am a guy thu sorry if i gave a wrong impression. lol
     

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