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WolvenSight
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PostSubject: Husky Skin condition near eye   Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:59 pm

Hey guys, so my dogs right eye has been dry/cracked looking this week and I figured it was allergies. But then this morning it was slightly swollen in her right eye and the cracked parts must have fallen out because now it is a darker/reddish flesh color, maybe even some hair loss. It also started above her eye near her eyebrow which was weird.



I have read up on the zinc deficiency that huskies are known to get but it was just so sudden I didn't think that could be it. She is also 3.5 years old and she has never had a skin issue prior (except for a minor bacterial infection earlier this year).

Took her to the vet today and they couldn't figure out what it was and prescribed her the Simplicef antibiotic and prednisone. I don't like the idea of giving my dog a small steroid for a skin condition that is fairly new. Any thoughts on what this could be or similar situations?

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PostSubject: Re: Husky Skin condition near eye   Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:03 pm

A little hard for me to tell why the darkness of the spot but it looks similar to what my dog occasionally gets along her mouth. Not sure what it is but I have always used neosporin on it and it's cleared up. Not sure I would go that route that close to her eye though. Have you tried any benedryl to see if that knocks some of the puffiness down?

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PostSubject: Re: Husky Skin condition near eye   Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:49 am

That looks like a classic ZRD. Go back to your vet with some ZRD information and specifically ask for the zinc testing.
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PostSubject: Re: Husky Skin condition near eye   Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:28 am

Can ZRD happen at 3.5 years old with no prior issues? I wasn't sure so I didn't think that could be it. It does have symptoms of a zinc deficiency it is dry around that area, and almost scab-like. It is a very small area around her lower eye.

I got her when I was finishing college in Colorado and now that I am back in California it seems she has been to the vet way more.

Also do vets have a specific test for zinc or would that require a biopsy?

Thanks for the help!
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PostSubject: Re: Husky Skin condition near eye   Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:19 am

Our boy started with ZRD at 5.5. Dry patches around eye,mouth and ears. We also hanged foods, did meds, and creams. Starting a zinc supplement has kept it at bay.
I have a post on it here. Search zinc or Jack and you can see his pictures. Would be in the medical threads

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PostSubject: Re: Husky Skin condition near eye   Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:24 am


I found the link, guess i never updated it

http://www.itsahuskything.com/t12322-bacterial-infection

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