Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


Q. Abnormal growth on the hair around the eye of my dog. Hard, crusty, somewhat scab-like.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. Hard to say what this is. Your dog may need a skin biopsy of this area to determine the exact cause. Possibilities I could think of include external parasites (mange), cancerous lesion, trauma, and auto-immune disease. Auto-immune diseases actually occur pretty frequently on and around the head. This is a large classes of diseases that involve the body attacking its own tissue. An autoimmune lesion might get a little better with some topical ointment, but it won't fully resolve until the underlying problem has been addressed. Like I said above, that may take a skin biopsy. See your vet who can have a look and figure out the next step.


DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.