Dark & Puffy Irritation Ring & Hair Loss Around Dog's Eye
by Alan L.
(Ben Lomond, CA)
Close up of problem eye
My dog Blake seems to get this eye irritation (see photos) from time to time, but it never fully goes away. He has had the problem for over a year. His left eye gets a dark or skin colored ring around it and the hair falls out in that ring.
It doesn't really look red, just dark and slightly puffy. A slight amount of goop in it but not much that is even noticeable. It is always only in just that one eye.
Blake is a mutt but I had a Wisdom panel done on his genetics. Turns out he is a combination of three breeds: German Shepherd, Great Pyrenees and Vishla. He is about three years old.
He is very athletic and energetic. The eye problem has not seemed to matter much to him. He does nibble on himself from time to time but not in a way that seems obsessive. He is not losing hair in any other areas. He is a friendly dog.
Various Treatments (unrelated):
I have treated him in the past with one of two different flea treatments:
1) Frontline Plus for Dogs 89-132 lbs) and
2) K9 advantix II (from the vet)
He had an ear infection a while back which was treated and cured.
One vet suggested a diet change, but it seems funny to me that only one eye is affected by something in his diet.
He eats Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Weight Control dog food. He doesn't have a weight problem, but other foods seem to be too rich for him and give him a runny stool. So I just get him this and he seems fine with it.
We live in the Santa Cruz Mountains in a mixed forest of Douglas Fir and Redwoods with some Madrone and Oak mixed in. Our yard is cleared but not manicured as it has various sized grasses growing everywhere.
Blake tends to like to eat long grass. he will go outside, eat a bunch, then throw it up. I have no idea why he does this, but you know, its a thing he does, maybe once a week.
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