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    Default Black/dark ring around nipple, right after heat

    Lola just got through her first heat, now she has a black/dark ring around one of her nipples (and much less on another one), looking like dried blood.




    Is this normal/common? What is it?

    I rather ask here, before going to the vet yet again tomorrow. I'm starting to feel paranoid, going to the vet so often.

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    Default Re: Black/dark ring around nipple, right after heat

    Another pic, close-up:

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    Default Re: Black/dark ring around nipple, right after heat

    After careful inspection, it looks like she has a lil' bit of this around most of her nipples. Although on other nipples, it's barely visible.

    I tried cleaning it, but it looks like it would need lots of HARD cleaning to come off. I would first like to be sure what it is. Could it just be dirt building up around nipples?

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    I don't know but I'm wondering - since their nipples do grow during their first heat could the growth caused soreness which either caused a small amount of bleeding or she did something to aggravate it (like rubbing against the rug or her bed or scratching)? Can you call the vet's office, explain the question and have a staffer ask the vet if she needs to come in? At my vets office sometimes the staff knows since they've seen it a lot before or the vet will send a message back later in the day. It might save you a trip. If you're going in a lot and they know your dog pretty well that may be all you need to do.

    Gently wash and maybe peroxide them. Peroxide doesn't hurt and is about the best thing I know for removing old blood. That way you can see what it looks like underneath.

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    I have no clue, but I will tag some members that might know @Sherry @Davidh @desertskybulldogs
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    Default Re: Black/dark ring around nipple, right after heat

    I don't know for sure, I have never noticed that on any of mine. Might just be her skin pigmentation, because they will get black spots on their skin as they get older. Some of the others will be here soon and may can shed some light on the subject.
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    Default Re: Black/dark ring around nipple, right after heat

    Quote Originally Posted by linwhite View Post
    I don't know but I'm wondering - since their nipples do grow during their first heat could the growth caused soreness which either caused a small amount of bleeding or she did something to aggravate it (like rubbing against the rug or her bed or scratching)?
    That's exactly what my layman's guess was. That nipple growth caused some skin tear or something like that.

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    I am thinking it is the skin stretching, could be dirt that is now finding a little pocket to settle into. No chance she was around any male dogs I hope?


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    Nope, basically during whole September when she was in heat I have only been taking her to a remote lawn.

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    Default Re: Black/dark ring around nipple, right after heat

    Even my male have this, it's dirt embedded. I use a q-tip when it bothers me. Jack has a inverted nipple that needs cleaning every week. It's harmless really. You can use almost anything to clean them. But I use a q-tip with MalAcetic Otic. I buy it from Amazon .
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    Default Re: Black/dark ring around nipple, right after heat

    Thanks for help everyone. It looks like it was indeed somewhat oily dirt.

    After regular cleaning didn't work, I used the liquid used for cleaning dog's ears ... worked quite nice.

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