A. Schedule an exam with your veterinarian or a veterinary dermatologist. Rule out external parasites, infection (yeast/bacterial), allergies/sensitivities or endocrine imbalances. This can be done with a physical exam, skin scrapes and bloodwork (CBC, chemistry panel, thyroid panel, urinalysis). Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to the diet to promote healthy skin and coat. Search www.pet360.com for fish oil supplements.
A. Patches that are stating around the eye are usually caused by Demodex - a skin mite, it's quiet common and can usually be treated effectively with different products (ivermectine, Advocate or revolution).
There is a new flea and tick treatment called Bravecto which shows extremely promising results for the treatment of Demodex. it's still off license but apparently one tablet solves the problem completely.
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