My dogs nipples are falling off. Is this okay?

12 yr old Jack Russell Terrier un altered is losing his nipples. His nipples have all fallen off at this point except for 1. He is not sick by any means but he is 12 yrs old and unaltered due to being infertile.

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    If you are sure that his nipples are actually falling off and that it is not just a crust overlying the nipple that has come off, you should seek veterinary attention. This is not a normal, nor a frequent occurrence in any male un-neutered dogs. If his nipples are actually falling off, your dog may have a problem with the small blood vessels in his skin that is causing sensitive areas, such as the nipples, to die and fall off. If this is the case, your dog may need treatment to reduce inflammation in these small vessels to prevent the condition from becoming worse. Your veterinarian can advise you if this is the case and can determine if this condition is a concern after examining your dog. Erika, DVM

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