Thyroid Hair Loss In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of flaky dry skin with hair loss near my dogs butt and what is the cause?
    My dog is a boxer/lab mix and is about 8 months old.
    There is some hair loss that goes in a straight line pattern.

    Could it be the type of dog food?
    Could it be from a flee collar or maybe not getting all the shampoo off?

    She loves water so is wet alot too.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a number of things: Food allergy, fleas, mange, environmental allergy, Thyroid problem etc.... the only thing you can do really is take him to the vet and have a complete work up done to rule out any "medical" issues and take it from there...

      That being said if he has had a recent change of diet and these symptoms surfaced in coincidence with the food change then yes, it is very possible that your pup is allergic to something in the food... my suggestion to you is to put him/her on a limited ingredients diet (Wellness simple solutions and Natural Balance L.I.D are a couple of good ones) if that helps then take a look at the ingredients in your current food as oppose to the ones in the limited ingredients one... Avoid any that are not in both... Ie: Corn, wheat, Soy, Beef, chicken etc....

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is the best for my dog ?
    I currently use Authority and recently I have noticed a lot of hair loss.. I asked the doctor about it on the visit and he said it could be the heat ( we live in Florida) or it could be the food.. I know that Authority is like mid- grade- My dog is about 8 months- I have some fears of switching his food. So should I try something else? What should I try? And will he be ok with the switch or should I wing him off the other food ?

    • ANSWER:
      Any decent vet should be doing a skin scraping - it's not the heat.
      Hair loss can be a sign of a food allergy, or it could be that your dog has a skin infection or mange mites. The treatments are very different for each, and it needs to be properly diagnosed.

      I would suggest you find another vet, and ask them to do a skin scraping to see which it is, and if it turns out to be complicated, ask for a referral to a board certified veterinary dermatologist. They can often get to the problem faster and more effectively (and therefore more cheaply) than a general vet poking around - a lot of vets don't like dermatology cases because they can be easy, or they can be very nebulous. It could also be a thyroid issue - but it's not the heat.

      the dog food you are now feeding could very well be a part of the problem - it is heavily made up of chicken. The top food allergens are beef, corn, chicken, wheat, soy and dairy (that means eggs, too). Avoid these, and you may see a difference.

      A lot of dogs with food allergies and skin problems respond well to foods based upon fish - Wellness has a couple, and Taste of the Wild Salmon is also good. the omega-3 oil goes a long way towards not only bringing down inflammation without drugs, but also has the fabulous benefit of strengthening the cell walls - and that will help with the skin problem.

      please get this properly diagnosed, and run, don't walk, if anyone proposes that you dip your dog for mites. Demodectic mange mites can be killed efficiently with the right choice of top spots, and a vet up on the current information will know a dip is not only painful but also archaic.

      The faster you get this diagnosed, the faster your dog will be comfortable. Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    My dog has a rash and hair loss on torso?
    My dog has had an on/off again rash and hair loss on his torso, what could this be? We have an appointment to go see a vet on Saturday, but I just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about the rash, but the hair loss could possibly be caused by a Thyroid issue. The Vet will diagnose the dog when you take it on Saturday. There are no Vets on this site, and even if there were, a dog can't be diagnosed through a computer screen.

  4. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my dogs severe itching?
    I have an 11 year old dog named Murphy. For a while now, he's been itching really bad. Sometimes he scratches so hard it makes him cry.

    He doesn't have any hair loss, scabs, red skin, or anything like that. His coat and skin looks perfectly normal. What could be causing this?
    I'm 100% sure it's not fleas. I brush him every day, and none of my other pets are itching.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get him into the vet to rule out any health issue that could be causing it. Have a geriatric blood panel done and include a free T4 to check his thyroid.

      If everything checks out, it could be allergies to either something in the environment or his food. Have you been using any new cleaners or carpet treatments/powders in the last few months? If no, you could do a food trial with him. Get him a good grain free diet with a novel protein such as rabbit , duck, or venison. Wellness, Diamond ( free of corn, soy and wheat) Taste of The Wild or Earthborn are all good to try. Feed him nothing but the new food ( no treats, table scraps etc) for 3 weeks and see if there is any change. Also adding an omega-3 supplement to his food could help.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to treat excessive hair fall on dogs?
    I have a 1 year old terrier mix. When she was still a puppy, she had fluffy beautiful hair. On her 9th month, we noticed her hair is falling, we thought it was normal but it progressed and she's bald from the stomach to butt area. How can we bring her hair to grow?

    • ANSWER:
      A bald dog is not normal. Has your dog been taking any meds like steroids? Hair loss around the dog's trunk can be the result of excess cortisone. Could be Cushings, some terrier breeds are prone to Cushings or it could be another auto-immune disease.

      The most common reason for hair loss WITHOUT itching is hypothyroidism, take her to the Vet, have her thyroid tested, for the most complete results ask your Vet to send in the test to Dr. Jean Dodds at Hemopet. http://www.hemopet.org/

      Your dog needs to be seen by a Vet, ASAP!

  6. QUESTION:
    Can hairloss on a healthy Chihuahua be a sign of a thyroid problem?
    My 2 year old Chihuahua has a lot of hairloss. He has a great appetite and is full of energy, but my vet told me he could have a thyroid problem. Has anyone ever heard of this or anything similar to this?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid problems can cause hair loss in dogs. Dogs usually get low thyroid levels rather than high. They are usually tired, seek out warmth, tend to gain weight and eat normal to less than normal amounts of food. Your dog is only 2 and young for thyroid problems but it happens. Make sure he gets 1. skin scrapings for mites, done by your vet. There are mites that are not itchy but still require treatment. 2. tested by culture (NOT just the black light) for ringworm and 3. Complete bloodwork including thyroid level. There are other endocrine things that can cause hair loss and some can be found on bloodwork.

      I'm sure common sense will prevail here, but please don't do that ice water thing that someone suggested. OMG!!

  7. QUESTION:
    Can Hyperthyroidism turn into Hypothyroidism due to overdose of medicine?
    I was diagnosed with HYPERThyroidism a month ago. My doctor started treating me with neomercazole 10 mg twice a day. Before starting the treatment, my weight was 50 kg and it was constant. Now my weight is increasing rapidly. In one month, it has increased by 4 kg. It is very depressing.
    Now, I am trying very hard to get it back to 50. I am eating healthy food, I walk 5 km everyday. But it is not reducing.
    My thyroid glands are looking enlarged than earlier. Also, I have some symptoms of Hypothyroidism like dry skin, hair loss, weight gain of course, puffy face.
    So, can it be due to overdose of medicine?
    Sorry for my bad English.

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  8. QUESTION:
    My 2 years old Golden Retriever is losing his hair in patches?
    Hi,
    My 2 years old Golden Retriever is losing his hair in patches on both sides of his body. We took him to the Vet they did an skin scraping and everything came out negative (they didnt find anything), they also took blood sample to check on hormone levels and everything came normal. He is fine otherwise and Vet says that the skin is healthy but I feel the hair loss is getting worse. I have to take him tomorrow for more blood samples (vet says that could be kidney problems) Does anyone know what could it be ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your vet has ruled out mange and thyroid problems, so what is left is allergies and shedding.

      If you are feeding him a corn-based dog food, he is probably allergic to one or more of the grains in the food. If you're giving him corn-based dog treats, again, he could be allergic to one or more of the grains in the treat (corn, wheat, wheat gluten, wheat or corn meal, soy, etc.). Try switching dog foods for a month or two and see if that helps. Try Innova, Evo, Royal Canid, Burns, Wellness, or whatever other meat-based dog food you can find in your pet store - and if your pet store doesn't carry any meat-based dog foods, try getting them online. They're more expensive than corn-based dog foods, of course, since meat is lots more expensive than corn. But the other advantages are that there's usually no BHA or BHT (preservatives) added to meat-based dog foods. The preservatives allow the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to keep the corn-based dog food on the shelves for a couple of years; the meat-based dog food is almost guaranteed to be fresher. Some dogs are also allergic to some meats, so be sure to try a different variety if the first one doesn't result in some improvement.

      Instead of whatever treats you're giving him now, try giving him frozen green beans or fresh baby carrots. Most dogs like them, and they're not going to add much to his calorie count.

      If your dog is just shedding, then you can try getting a shedding loop (shedding blade) to brush the loose fur off of him. If you use a regular brush, it won't get much and you'll have to press pretty hard to get to the undercoat. While the shedding blade (shedding loop) has very shallow teeth, it does get the undercoat and pull it free. One of my dogs, who hates being brushed, loves the shedding loop. But be sure to brush him outside if you're using the shedding blade, because fur will go everywhere and if you do it in the house, you'll be picking up dog fur for months afterward. You'll find it in all the little nooks and crannies you think nothing can get into! If your pet store doesn't have one, you can get one online at DrsFosterSmith.com.

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    My dog has severe hair loss, no vets can find anything wrong with him. Any ideas for a cure?
    He is a pomeranian and is about 4 years old. He's had a full coat once since I adopted him from the pound. [when we got him he did not have hair, but over the course of time he grew hair.] He then recieved a hair cut and his hair has not grown back since [this was about a year ago.], does anyone have any ideas for how to cure this illness? No vets can find anything wrong so i decided to ask you guys... HELP ME & MY DOG, PLEASE!

    • ANSWER:
      Have the vets done a thyroid panel?
      I have a dog with low thyroid, and it can cause coat and skin problems.

  10. QUESTION:
    I have a 2 year old pit bull and his hair is falling out and he has sparse patches it doesn't itch. help?
    I have another dog husky/rot and has no signs of hair loss or any signs of iching it seems that my pitbull is not contgious. Anybody have any answers?

    • ANSWER:
      Fleas, mange, thyroid problems?

  11. QUESTION:
    My 10 month golden retriever has hypothyroid? And now she is very stiff on her back legs.?
    She has had hair loss but no loss of energy. She is also very touchy if you try to stroke her on her back or near her hind legs.

    We were told by our vet that she is showing signs of anxiety and to work her harder which we have and the poor dog can hardly move now. He is now saying she could have arthiritis or hip dysplacia. Her mother and fathers hips were good. This is our second vet opinion, The first one reckon she picked up a mite from the woods. Has anyone had any similar problems with their retreiver?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow your girl is very young to have thyroid problems. First is she on meds for this?? I hope so. They are very inexpensive and they do work to regulate the thyroid.
      I would not attach her thyroid problems with her hips at all. It does sound like she has the beginning of hip dysplacia.

      Mites will not cause this unless it is Lyme disease. I would have your vet double check her thyroid levels again they may need to-be adjusted and get her a Lyme test too. It is done by a blood draw.

      I'm so sorry your girl is having all these problems. thyroid is inherited and I always had my golden's screened and cleared for this. It is too bad your breeder didn't. Hips are supposed to be OFA scored to be absolutely sure they are good enough to breed a dog.

      Please speak to your vet again and have them check for what I have mentioned. Then If nothing comes of it I'd find a good University Veterinary college and have your girl evaluated there.

      All my very best to you and your Golden girl!

  12. QUESTION:
    Why is my dogs hair falling out in spots?
    My dog is 11 months old and her hair is falling out in little(and i mean little) spots just on her back. they arent irritated spots or anything just balding spots. she acts normal and has never had problems with the food she is eating. she has been eating the same way since we got her at 3 months and hasnt gotten into anything unusual. im wondering if maybe she just has thin hair and is shedding (she is a short hair dog) or maybe if it could be a skin disease.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything or nothing. If there is no itching, scratching, scabs or other physical signs or behavioral issues it really could just be normal shedding. Only a Vet can say for sure.

      Think about everything around your dog and yourself (and I mean everything) that could have changed or be a new exposure.

      * Mold/mildew (common when houses are closed up a lot in winter),
      * stressors such as being inside or outside or home alone more.
      * Food, too much/little of a nutrient (had a lab/pit that could not eat high protein dog food & a cat that had to eat low ash food). Many pet food companies changed their recipies ever so slightly after the recall.
      * flea/ticks/mites/lice/chiggers,
      *Mange, scabies & ringworm are possible but generally show more signs then just hair loss including bumps, scabs & itching.
      *Rubbing on something like crawling under a bed or coffee table (one of my dogs rubs a smooth bald spot on his chest just walking through the dog door all the time),

      skin irritation or allergy from just about anything:
      * pollen,
      *shampoo, yours or the dogs
      * lotions, talc's & powders
      * laundry soap or fabric softener on bedding
      * carpet deodorizing sprays or granules,
      * lawn fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, soil,
      * Other animals such as cats (I had a cockier that was allergic to dirt & cat dander).

      Could be simple Hot spots, but they usually do feel hot or appear red. Seborrhea or dry skin from too much bathing, swimming or even climate change (my friends dog gets dry skin every winter & usually includes some dandruff flake which is cured by adding moisture to the air and oils to the diet). Most dogs shed when the weather changes and depending on the breed and conditions, they shed a lot or a little and they can grow thicker coats or a thinner one.

      There are many diseases and conditions it could be. Thyroid conditions cause hair loss in humans.

      Think it through, see a Vet if all else fails.

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      I would not make radical changes to your dogs diet if you believe it is food related, this can upset your puppies tummy so any food changes should be made gradually by adding more of the new food and less of the old food over a week or more, depending on how the dog reacts.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid issues that cause canine hair loss be treated with something found in the Pet store?
    I have a cute little Peekapoo, who has lost a lot of her hair and has already had skin scraps, fungal lab screening and bacteria blood work... Thyroid is looking like a possible cause, but since I have hit the max on my credit card with Vet Bills, I was hoping there was something economical/over the counter to avoid the VET. I love my dog and I just want her to be healthy again. :)

    • ANSWER:
      ok, it sounds like you have done a lot of work for your pup. I don't know a lot about thyroid issues, but i do know a lot about dogs, dog's coats, and dog hair loss. I see you have done a lot of tests for your dog, but most of the time it can be something as simple as your dogs food that will cause hair loss, so your vet may have over looked this. What brand are you feeding your dog? The reason i ask is because the majority of dogs are allergic to corn, yet most dog foods have some form of corn in the first three ingredients, go check your food and see if it does. that will cause some serious skin issues for your dog. You want to look for a food without ANY corn. I would recommend a brand called "nature's recipe" in the sensitive skin formula in either the venison recipe or the vegetarian. Even if this is not a CAUSE for the hairloss. You want to do everything you can to alleviate it. OK, here's something else important. You cannot just switch the dogs food, you need to gradually make a switch or else it will throw their body out of wack even more. slowly start adding some of the new food into their old until you have a quarter new, then fifty percent new, then seventy five, and so on. It will take a few months before you actually notice a difference. so don't freak after a week if you don't see a difference.
      by the way, is your dog a puppy or an adult?
      also, another suggestion would be to bath her in a hypoallergenic oatmeal shampoo. even a puppy tearless shampoo, make sure that it has absolutely no fragrance, or dyes which will further irritate her skin, but the oatmeal will help moisturize it. Most vets even have special shampoos they prescribe, and you can just go ahead and bring that in to your groomer.
      Whew ok that was a lot to cover. I hope this helps and if you have any other questions let me know.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is causing my dog's scabs and hair loss?
    I have a 6-year-old spayed Border Collie/Jack Russell mix with really bad skin problems. I am lucky enough to work for a veterinarian, but no one seems to be able to diagnose the underlying problem. She very often used to break out with redness and bumps, especially around her vagina, but they subside after 2 weeks of Cephalexin. Now she is constantly getting scabs that almost look like ringworm or hot spots, but no one seems to think that's what it is. It starts off red and wet, and is followed by hair loss and very dark, almost black scabs. When the scabs dry up and fall off, they take more hair with them. They are mostly on her back and under the base of her tail, but they have appeared around the scruff and on her neck. She doesn't scratch or bite them. She only eats Wellness brand dry and wet food and distilled water. She hasn't been exposed to anything different that would trigger a new allergy or anything. She does not have fleas. Does anyone have ANY idea what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      I work in a grooming salon as a new groomer. My sister also is a groomer there, now for over a year, her standard poodle (now 11 months) was on Cephalexin for a month and there was no change in her skin. She has bad allergies and was always chewing on her skin which would then result in hair loss.

      My sister and our boss purchased a product in Hershey, PA at the Grooming Expo and it has changed all our our dogs health for the better. Below is the link:

      http://www.okdirectpets.com/servlet/prodInfo/Norwegian+Kelp+1lb.html

      Working for a vet, you've probably heard of the Norwegian Kelp. The poodle has stopped chewing and itching and her hair is now growing back (just in time for this years competitions!) and we are all sold, as we all use it now.

      Also, my boss has an adult standard poodle (9 yrs) that has had allergies all his life and been on and off Cephalexin shots most of it. Since he's been on the kelp he has completely stopped taking the shots!

      You need to know that it will most likely take two months before you could see a change, but be patient, we are firm believers of this stuff and sell it in the shop.

      It helps reduce stress, dry skin and allergies, reduces shedding and improves condition of coat, reduces pain from arthritis, restores pigmentation, balances thyroid, aids digestion and great tasting.

      I know your dog has different symtoms but sounds like allergies and it wouldn't hurt to try anything after the poor thing has suffered this much. Hope this helps out some!

  15. QUESTION:
    Can color dilution alopecia happen in a blk/tan doberman?
    My dog is almost 3 years old and has all the symptoms of color dilution alopecia but she is a black and tan not a blue or fawn. Can she have it?
    She has been to the vet. No mange and the vet doesn't think its thyroid based on her appearance. She does have a tan/brown undercoat over most of her body that is only supposed to be allowed around the neck area.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog cannot have Color Dilution Alopecia ("CDA") because it isn't a Dilute. To determine the cause of her hair loss, look first to her breeder. Do you still keep in contact with her breeder? The breeder should be able to let you know if the parents or other littermates have any baldness. If they do, then this is purely a genetic baldness pattern. If you can't contact the breeder, then keep in mind that there is no way to know if this is simply baldness.

      My next guess, however, would be allergies. Is she scratching or licking a lot? Does she get any yeast infections? Any itchy ears or eyes? Or goop in her eyes? If she has any of these symptoms, she may have allergy problems. Since most kibbles have the same ingredients, buying an expensive kibble won't fix this problem - first you have to know what she's allergic to. I'd say you need to do 1 of 2 things: (1) Put her on an elimination diet, where you feed her one novel protein (i.e., a protein source she hasn't been exposed to before - so if her kibble has chicken and beef in it, try buying a kibble with just fish in it) and nothing else. If you ask at the pet store (try a local independent pet store), they should be able to help you find a good kibble. No treats, no nothing, just the kibble. For 2 months, minimum, to see if her symptoms cease and her hair starts coming back in. OR... (2) Put her on a raw diet. Most dogs that are on raw diets stop having allergy problems pretty quickly. Since most kibbles have some sort of grain or other gluten source, if that's what they're allergic to, then no kibble will help. On raw, their coats, and everything else about their general health, improve unbelievably. It's great. Not to mention the smaller, less frequent bowel movements and the decrease in the amount of gas expelled from their guts! Heaven. If you'd like to learn more about raw feeding, please check out the Yahoo! Group "Rawfeeding."

      If you really don't think it's genetics or allergies, then the thyroid would be the next place to look. She's a bit young to be showing symptoms at 3 years, but it's not impossible. Has she recently developed any behavioral problems like unexpected aggressive outbursts (another symptom of thyroid problems)? If you choose to test her thyroid, don't have your regular vet do it - just have him draw the sample and send it to Dr. Dodds. Just do a Google search for "Dr. Dodds Hemopet" and you'll find all the information you need to get this done. Dr. Dodds tests all 6 thyroid factors, whereas most vets only test four. And they analyze the results based on the sex, age and breed of the animal, instead of just generalizing all dogs as having the same healthy levels. This is definitely the way to go.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why would a dog lose its hair in the winter time?
    My dog is losing a lot of hair on her back and around her rear parts. About a month or two ago she has a small cyst removed from the side of her face. The vet said that it wasn't cancerous and he gave her all of her shots and then a week goes by and we get her stitches taken out. I am concerned because she is loosing a lot of hair, so much so that I can see her skin on her back. Please someone I need to know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      It's difficult to say without seeing a photo of the hair loss, but it could be:

      1) Hair loss due to the anesthesia. It's really common to have hair loss for about a month after a dog has been anesthetized.

      2) Hypothyroidism. Bilateral and symmetrical hair loss is a keynote of hypothyroidism so it would be a good idea to get a full thyroid panel run by your vet. Please make sure this is a FULL panel (which will include free T3, free T4, T3 and T4).

      3) Adrenal sex hormone imbalance. The only reason I bring this one up is that hair loss along the back, to the point where you can see the skin, is a keynote of this issue. Normally the first treatment is with melatonin therapy which is effective in about 50% of the cases.

      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog is losing fur?
    My 2 year old Dutch Shepherd started losing fur below her (front) shoulders. I recently started using a harness to run with her and on walks.The harness does cover the area experiencing hair-loss. I take the harness off when she is home. Could the harness cause the fur loss? Should I get a different harness? Or stop using a harness? Thanks!
    Thanks for responses thus far. Perhaps, the harness is exacerbating hair loss, though. I say this because she is only losing hair on areas covered by the harness.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the harness, but if the dog's skin & fur are healthy it shouldn't be that much of a problem. Something else could be causing the hair loss, like:
      Flea allergy most likely
      Food allergy?
      Dry skin problem
      Thyroid problem

      Dogs sometimes have many allergies; most all dogs are allergic to flea bites and should be treated year-round with GOOD (Advantage, Frontline) flea preventatives. Sometimes, the food you're feeding isn't doing right with your dog. Many foods have addatives that are actually bad for your dog. Pedigree and Purina, especially) It sometimes gives them itcht skin. Bathing too often can cause dry skin itching and scratching. Not expressing the dog's anal glands frequently sometimes causes Butt-scoot doggies, and that in turns leads to scratching the anal area and hair loss around the tail.
      My own dog had lots of problems with dry skin, itching, fur loss and malaysia(skin yeast infection) for years, until she was finally diagnosed with a thyroid problem. It could be something like that. Sometimes, dogs judt get "hot spots" and need a good antibiotic and skin ointment (Vet had to shave the area on mine) to treat it.

      My best advice to you is to take your dog to the vet and get a good work-up and evaluation and follow his regimen of treatment. Good luck with the dog.

  18. QUESTION:
    My dog recently started having short episodes of twitching of his face and head. What is wrong with him?
    He is a beagle. About a year old. I searched online and the symptoms don't appear to match those of a seizure. I know I should contact my vet, but does anyone have any input right now?

    • ANSWER:
      Get his thyroid tested. It's a simple blood test. My dog had the same aswell as full body tremors (and a little hair loss near his tail but this symptom is not always apparent) and it turned out his thyroid function was very very low!!! He simply got put onto thyroid tablets and is fine now! He does have to stay on the tablets for the rest of his life, but they have never had any side effects.

      Good luck :)

  19. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog losing hair on her sides?
    My boxer/pit mix has recently started losing hair on her sides. She isn't itching or scratching and it isn't coming out in clumps, it's just getting really sparse along her sides. She also has started to favor her right shoulder sometimes, but other than being slightly overweight, she is healthy. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a thyroid problem (common in boxers) or Cushing's disease (more likely if she is about 8 years old or older). Any other symptoms like drinking a lot or eating alot, pot belly appearance, muscle loss, etc.?http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/hypot.html

  20. QUESTION:
    My dog is going bald Is thre anything I ccan give her?
    Ok so I have an 8 year old boxer do. (in human years) She is going bald on her neck and back. Is there anything I can give her to make her hair grow back?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had her examined by your vet?

      You should have her thyroid checked as boxers are well known for hypothyroidism, which causes hair loss.

      Boxers also can have seasonal alopecia (loss of hair) which usually is on the flanks (sides) but can also affect other parts of the body.

      It could also be that she has allergies or mites which also cause hiar loss.

      To be certain you have to have her examined as there is nothing you can give her for growing her fur back. You have to get a diagnosis with possible treatment plans.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there something wrong with my dachshound?
    He is about 4 years old, and about 2 years ago I noticed that he was losing hair on his belly. At the time, he had started spending more time outside, so I figured that it was due to it touching the ground. But now, he has started losing hair on top of his head. I thought maybe it was due to him scratching, but he really does not do that very much. I take him to the vet for regular visits and check-ups, and they have not found anything wrong with his blood. Is this common amongst mini-shorthaired dachshounds?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes seems to be very common in the Dachshund breed for their hair to thin out. I work at a pet store. My co-worker has a chocolate Dachshund that she brings to work with her everyday. So i see the dog everyday as well. Her hair is doing the very same thing you described as your dog. Only on her's, her chest, on top of her head, behind her ears, and all on her rear legs on her rump all her hair is just about gone. She too has had blood work done, hormone tests, and thyroid tested. You name it she has tested her for everything and nothing is ever found to cause it. Has even done skin scraping for mites and mange and still nothing is ever found. She takes her dog to a Holistic Vet and the vet prescribed Melatonin. Its actually an all natural sleeping pill for older adult people. She has been giving the melatonin to her for a while now and some of her hair has grown back but none has really fallen out for a while. Her dog is 4 years old and her too about a year ago she noticed the hair loss. The Vet also advised her to feed her a raw meat diet which she has been eating for quite a while now. Then just last week a customer came in that has 2 Dachshunds that are litter mates and both her dogs have the exact same hair loss problem. She was asking my co-worker the very same thing you're asking about the hair loss.

      Have a feeling it must be a genetic defect in the Dachshund breed.

  22. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when my dog is balding?
    I have a little short haired chihuahua mix and he has been starting to bald on his face. He will be two years old in December. Im not sure if this supposed to happen or if something is wrong with him.
    He is up to date on all shots and is an inside dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Most dogs shed a little hair every day. But if your dog develops a bald spot on his back or side, the hairless patch points to a health problem.

      Patchy bald spots where you can see through to the skin or a very thin coat may mean your dog has a hormonal imbalance. An excess of adrenal corticosteroid hormones, a deficiency of the thyroid hormone, or an imbalance in the sex hormones (such as estrogen) all can result alopecia, the medical term for hair loss. These hormonal abnormalities can only be diagnosed with blood tests.

      If your dog has abnormal hair loss, talk with your veterinarian to see whether she may have a hormonal imbalance.

      Some dogs, such as Whippets and Pharaoh Hounds, have very thin coats on their bellies and on the insides of their legs, which aren’t cause for concern — it’s just the way they are.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you stop your dog from shedding?
    I have a Rat Terrier Mix. he sheds A LOT i do brush him and bathe him on a regular basis. but its not stopping! i know that i CANT stop the sheddin, but what can i do that will help more?i asked the vet if he is healthy, and if im feeding him the right foods, and he said yes, they just shed a lot. but i really do want to know if theres like a brush of some sort that would work really well. i have a rubber type brush for him, it works, but not to the extent that i want it to work. any suggestions? thanx a bunch and God Bless ♥HiD♥

    • ANSWER:
      Most dogs shed and there is really no way to stop it completely. However, you can try certain supplements such as: Organic kelp, and alfalfa powder found at local health food stores and add with meals. Also, poor thyroid levels can lead to excessive shedding and hair loss. You can have thyroid levels checked by your vet, the blood test cost between 50-100 dollars. (There are also other shed stop supplements available at pet stores that are mixtures of oils and vitamins.) Most important is to feed a high quality kibble or raw diet to your dog. Daily brushing will also stimulate natural oils for a more healthy coat.

      I hope this helps you, all the best :)
      Jeff

      PS. We use a rubber curry brush with our Danes. The short rubber nubs do an awesome job of stripping out dead hair and dander.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog getting bald spots?
    I have a brittany that is about 2 yrs. old. I got her around Christmas from a pound that was going to put her down, because of the amount of dogs they had. I noticed about a week ago she had a bald spot on her neck, so I took her collar off. Today I seen a aold spot on her tummy and her legs. This just worries me a little bit, so I was wondering if anyone had a idea what this could be? Thanks
    Megan

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a number of things. Are the spots just bald or are they red and irritated as well? If there is irritation, discharge or drainage they could be hotspots. These are usually the result of an allergic reaction that causes the dog to become super itchy and scratch themselves bald. If there is no irritation it could be a few other options. Has your dog experienced sudden weight gain/loss? If so it could be a thyroid issue. The thyroid gland effects their haircoat and could cause hair loss. If her weight has been constant, then it could be a case of demodex, a form of mange. Demodectic mites are found on ALL dogs, but sometimes they can get out of control and cause patches of hair loss. They are usually not very itchy, and the good news is they are not transferable to you. If, however, sarcoptic mites are causing the hair loss, those ARE transferable to you (think scabies). All of these things are treatable through your vet. The thyroid issue and the demodex are more long term issues. Thyroid problems require lifelong medication, and dogs with demodex issues must be monitored carefully through times of stress (think sedation for surgery, grooms, sickness, etc).

  25. QUESTION:
    Will thyroid medication help fill in fur loss?
    My lab has hypothyroidism. She is currently taking medication for it. However I noticed the loss of hair on both sides of her body has yet to fill in.

    Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog is on the right dose and it's being administered properly, yes, the coat should come back.

      If the hair does not seem to be growing back, you may need to have the blood level taken again and the dosage amount or schedule may need to be changed. Or there may be another issue that is also producing a coat issue.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are possible health issues that Pitbulls may have?
    I have a 7 year old pitbull and he has been shedding a lot more than normal and he is more tender around his hind legs. I am just wondering if this is something that is normal or if it is something to be concerned about.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no breed-specific health conditions (i.e. that only occur in this breed or in a handful of breeds) in dogs of the breeds typically included in the generic "pitbull" label (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Stafforshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, etc). They can suffer from the all/most breed health problems.

      In your case, changes in hair loss and growth are often symptoms of thyroid malfunction and pain or lameness in the hind legs could be hip dysplasia or patellar luxation. Both symptoms could also be the result of acute, environmental causes and diseases and not hereditary at all - dogs shed in response to changes in the length of daylight so a change in your routine may be exposing them to more or less light per day and lameness or pain could be due to injury or to a infection like Lymes disease that causes inflammation and pain at the joints.

      A vet check is in order to rule out something serious.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I treat my dog's flaky skin?
    I have a chocolate lab and she's always had allergies, but recently it's gotten a lot worse. She was scratching a lot and I noticed her skin was flaky. I give her baths with oatmeal shampoo, so I figured that would help, but it didn't. It's gotten so bad that she's chewing the hair on her back legs and has made several bald patches. Everywhere it's bald I notice scabs. I'm not sure if it's from her chewing or what, but they're all over her back legs and tummy. What can I do for her?

    • ANSWER:
      You really ought to see a vet & have a work-up done. It is very likely to be food allergies with all the chewing. There may also be an accompanying ear infection and/or anal gland problems (all related). If you are not careful, the chewing & loss of coat will develop into a secondary skin infection.

      Bathing only further dries out the coat & is not going to help. In addition to the food allergy, there IS the possibility of the thyroid being under-active - which tends to allow things with skin & coat to get more out of hand. You mention she recently got worse. Hypothyroidism can lead to dry, flaky skin, a thinning hair coat, & possible baldness but the scratching would suggest one or more food allergies. If she is on a grain-based dog food, that needs to change, first & foremost. The vet can give her something for the itching. You can either have her allergy tested or begin an elimination diet.

  28. QUESTION:
    why does my 12 year old bichon keep on losing her fur?
    I have a 12 year old bichon and she is loosing fur. The vet says they dont think anythings wrong with her because shes too happy!
    What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be many things... and if you even took her to a vet and they seriously told you that, get a new vet- no vet says a dog can't be sick because it's *happy* for crying out loud, that's a load of crap.

      As someone else stated, poor diet is often behind a poor coat.

      Could also be a thyroid condition that needs to be treated, thyroid problems often cause coat changes and can be easily detected by blood test.

      Could simply be bad breeding, I see a lot of badly bred Bichons that end up with thin, balding coats, cysts, hot spots, rashes, and other issues as they age.

      Could be fleas and/or a flea allergy, that can cause hair loss.

      Without a full physical and bloodwork, as well as nutrition analysis, it's going to be hard to determine what's causing her problem.

  29. QUESTION:
    what's possible cause of my pomeranians hair falling out?
    reasking the question because last time i didnt have enough info.
    he is 9 years old. he lives in alabama. he was my aunts dog but when she passed away i got him and not too long after that his hair loss began. is it something i can do to fix it? i took him to the vet and they said its age, but is there anything else it could be?
    he eats eukanuba

    • ANSWER:
      Pomeranians can suffer from a malady called Black Skin Disease, that can cause hair loss as well as skin problems. Did your vet consider this or possible thyroid issues?

  30. QUESTION:
    what exactly is demodex mange? does it cause patchy loss of hair on dogs coat?
    My boxer I rescued about a year ago, suddenly seems to have a light loss of hair on each side of him, it is not bad but noticeable, he does get frontline, largebreed food and organic chicken and or beef, otherwise he is very healthy and energetic I just noticed this small patch of hair on each side of his coat in the midsection area.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.pugvillage.com/demodex_mange.htm This article happens to be about Pugs, but it wouldn't make any difference of the breed. You can Google this, as well, for many more websites. A diagnosis can be made by a skin scraping, but from what you are describing, it could be a Thyroid problem, too. You might want to have a blood test done, if you haven't done so recently.

  31. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on how to get my dogs wintercoat off?
    .Black Lab
    .on scale between small medium and large between medium and large
    .please don't say just let it go off
    its a girl

    • ANSWER:
      If it is early summer where you live, take your dog to the vet and have his thyroid and adrenal functions tested. He could have Addison's or Cushing's disease, which could be the cause for the lack of hair loss.

      In the meantime, you could try the comb made by Bamboo, available at Petco - it's on the same idea as the Furminator, but less expensive.

  32. QUESTION:
    My dog has dry skin and a lot of hair loss. Any ideas?
    We have taken him to several vets. They have dicovered that he has a thyroid problem, so he now takes Soloxine 2x a day. We also switched his food to Canidae which was recommended to us, and he takes 2 extra strength Derm Caps. Nothing has helped and I know he is itching because I find him chewing and licking until the spot is raw. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      My vet recommended that I add a couple of tbsps. of peanut oil to my dog's food to help with dry skin and coat. It has really helped. Also, this is just a thought, I have used olive oil on my hair when it need conditioning. Maybe a bit of olive oil on the really dry spots will help soothe the itching. When raw spots heal they itch and the cycle continues... Hope your pooch gets better!

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog losing hair all over?
    She is losing hair all over, not in patches, but has no bald spots. There is just a TON of hair coming off of her! She is not scratching or itching, is not bald, she eats well, but she is quite tired recently-- that's the only thing I notice along with seeming "stiff" recently. She is a 12 year old beagle who has had many health problems over the years. Any ideas for this new problem? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid,get him tested,also is he on medications for the other problems as that can cause hair loss..But there does seem to be a problem and I would get him in to do a blood workup

  34. QUESTION:
    Any solutions for a dog with thinning belly fur?
    My dog typically has thin belly fur, but recently I've noticed that it's so thin I can pretty much see his skin.

    My dog is a bit lazy and loves to lie around on the carpet all day. I play with him, but he is most happy just rolling around the carpet and napping. Could laying down all day be a cause for why there is barely any fur on his belly?

    The coat on the other areas of his body are fine and he doesn't seem to have any health problems.

    • ANSWER:
      you might take the dog to the vet or at least call and see what they say. It could just be from laying in the house all day or your dog could have a thyroid problem.
      These are some symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs

      Lethargic behavior such as a lack of interest in play, frequent napping, tiring out on long walks
      Hair loss, especially on the trunk or tail (“rat’s tail”)
      Discoloration or thickening of the skin where hair loss has occurred

      So you might check with your vet just to be safe

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dog's hair?
    I've got a white dog with long hair and his hair is falling all around the house and sticks to everything, furniture and clothes and so on. Are there ways to remove them easily and quickly? Or are there ways to have your dog's hair fall less? Dunno if there are vitamins or anything that strengthen their hair roots and prevent them from falling all around.

    I appreciate your advices

    • ANSWER:
      You either need to learn how to brush and comb correctly, or set up a permanent date with a groomer to help you keep the hair loss to a minimum. Brush daily AGAINST the lay of the fur, getting down to the skin and ridding the dog of the loose hair being held there. That should eliminate a great deal of the hair in the house, but you need to have a good vacuum and use it at least every 3 days to keep the hair off your clothes and furniture. When you own a long-haired dog there is little you can do to prevent having hair on your floors, furniture and clothes. Those of us that live with them learn to love hairy stuff......LOL.
      Sometimes a health condition causes excessive hair loss, Hypothyroidism is one of them and if you have more fur than you think is normal, you might ask your vet to run a thyroid panel. Feed a good food that contains fish oil or add a capsule of Wild Caught Salmon Oil to his food daily, but other than that there is nothing you can do to stop it.

  36. QUESTION:
    What health problems do Ridgebacks have?
    U no the 1 with the fur on its back growing the opposite way to the rest of the fur.
    Actualy a better way of putting it would be what are they prone 2??

    • ANSWER:
      I'm glad you asked this question, because I don't see many about this breed, I'm trying to educate myself on this breed, so I don't know much but this is what I have found

      Health conditions known to affect this breed are hip dysplasia and dermoid sinus. The Ridgeback ranks number six in terms of most affected breeds for thyroid problems recorded by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Average lifespan is from nine to 11 years, though they have been known on rare occasion to live to nearly 16 years.

      Dermoid Sinus
      Dermoid sinus is a congenital neural-tube defect that is known to affect this breed. The dermoid is often likened to a thin "spaghetti noodle" beneath the skin. Puppies should always be screened at birth by the breeder and veterinarian & the examination repeated as the puppies grow before they go to their new homes. This is done by palpation of the subcutaneous dorsal midline from the base of the skull to the insertion of the tail. Surgical removal is an option for affected neonates, puppies and adult dogs. All affected dogs, even those surgically corrected, should be desexed and never be bred from. But, surgical dermoid sinus removal can be extremely cost prohibitive and because all unremoved dermoid sinuses will eventually abscess, and abscessed dermoid sinuses will cause the dog a painful death, dermoid puppies should be culled whenever surgical correction is not an option. However, it has been shown that supplementation of folic acid to the diet of the brood bitch before mating & during pregnancy reduces the incidence of dermoid sinus.

      Deafness
      While deafness is not a common problem in the breed, Rhodesian Ridgebacks do suffer from a breed specific form of the disease. Dr. Mark Neff and his team of researchers at the University of California at Davis have located the mutation that causes this relatively rare, but breed-specific, form of deafness.

      Degenerative Myelopathy
      Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a disease of the spinal cord causing progressive paraparesis most commonly in the German Shepherd Dog. It affects Rhodesian Ridgebacks at a rate of only 0.75%.

      Hypothyroid
      Hypothyroidism is a growing problem in the Rhodesian Ridgeback and this condition causes a multitude of symptoms including weight gain and hair loss. Treatment for hypothyroidism in dogs consists of an inexpensive once daily oral medication. Dr. Lorna Kennedy at the University of Manchester’s Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research in England has found the haplotype (group of genes) which when present will double the chances of a Ridgeback becoming hypothyroid due to lymphocytic thyroiditis. This is important to the breed because Lymphocytic thyroiditis is the overwhelming cause of hypothyroidism in Ridgebacks.

      Resources
      *****RRCUS H&G - The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States maintains a web site devoted to the breed's health issues that also gathers ongoing research for their Health & Genetics Committee. This group recommends that breeders perform at least four health screenings -- hips, elbows, thyroid and eyes -- with cardiac and hearing tests optional.******* I would check here******************

      CRRHS - It is also recommend that all Ridgeback owners enter their dogs' information in the Comprehensive Rhodesian Ridgeback Health Survey

      you can find this a some more info here
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodesian_Ridgeback

      this is from http://www.dogster.com/breeds/Rhodesian_Ridgeback
      A healthy Rhodesian Ridgeback can live as long as 12 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia and heart problems. Overall, they are healthy and hardy. Their glossy coat is easy to groom, but they do shed quite a bit. Ridgeback hair can be tough to remove from carpets and furniture, so regular brushing outdoors is a good idea

      Maybe you could try here too
      http://www.akc.org/breeds/rhodesian_ridgeback/

      Good luck hope it helped

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog has lost all fur on her tail?
    She is an 11 1/2 year old lab mix that has been diabetic and on both insulin and thyroid replacement for 10 years. All the fur on her tail is gone, and some of the fur on her back legs. The vet doesn't seem to be terribly upset about it, and said if it is a separate disease, there is no real cure for it, and the medicine would be terribly expensive. It doesn't seem to bother her, either. Could this just be a long-term side effect of the insulin and thyroid medication?

    • ANSWER:
      The hair loss is due to Hypothyroidism and evidently if this is recent, since the thyroid diagnosis, you better get the thyroid checked again as the dosage of medicine is probably not right. sometimes it takes quite a while to adjust the right thyroid dosage and it does change over the years. A new panel should be run every 2 to 3 years and oftener if you see symptoms return.
      Make sure the vet does a complete panel and not just the T4 which many vets seem to feel is enough. It isn't and doesn't always give a good enough nor thorough enough reading in order to make sure the dog is getting enough replacement medication.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know what kind of skin problem my dog has?
    I have a 2 year old lab who recently started scratching a lot and her skin is getting really red. She also has some hot spots and is losing some hair. What could have caused this? Is there anything I can do to clear her skin and stop the loss of hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be allergy, yeast, mange, thyroid problems, diabetes, etc., etc. Only thing to do is to see the vet.

      Allergy testing may be necessary (not too expensive). Over 90% of allergies in dogs are to environmental triggers (mold, pollen, human dander, etc.). Allergy is easily treated with immunotherapy (also not too expensive). Labs are prone to allergy, though, and that would be my first guess. If you want to try a new food, try one formulated to be hypoallergenic. The best in this group are: California Natural, Natural Balance Limited Ingredient, and Wellness Simple Food Solutions. Simply being grain-free isn't enough (or even necessary) stopping exposure to the allergens is. If your dog is currently eating a food with Chicken and Corn, find foods without it.

      Most common food allergies are to chicken, beef, soy, dairy, corn, wheat, and yeasts. Often, one allergy means there are several more, which is why a very limited ingredient food (like California Natural) is the most recommended.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are signs of thyroid problems in a dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Overweight, flaky skin, patchy hair loss, excessive shedding, lethargy, temperament changes, puffy face, extra skin pigmentation, etc. Skin problems and excess weight are usually the first symptoms noticed, and even those do not show up until the thyroid is functioning at 25% of normal or less.

  40. QUESTION:
    what is the cause and how to help?
    My dog Kizzey is a 9 year old female springer spaniel. i noticed she has dry flaky skin on both her ears and hair loss as well(only hair loss on her ears). She had a urinary track infection and is on tablets now. Could that be the cause of her hair loss because she was ill. she has also just been treated for fleas so i dont think that is the cause. Could it be mange or anything. also does anyone have any home remedies for the dry skin?

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Skin problems are only a warning that there is something going on inside the dog that need veterinary attention. Mange could be part of the reason, but so could Hypothyroidism which is rampant in many dogs including Springer Spaniels. Only your vet can help you by doing skin scraping for mange and a full thyroid panel for Hypothyroidism.
      The tablets you were given for the Urinary Tract infection were no doubt an antibiotic, and they do not cause flaky skin or hair loss. Something else is going on and simply treating the dry skin with over the counter products is not getting to the bottom of why the skin is flaky.

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone's dog ever experienced thyroid problems?
    Canines, as well as people have a thyroid gland. When a dog's thyroid is underactive it is referred to as "Hypothyroidism."

    If you have been thru this with your pet, I am interested in knowing what sorts of symptoms your dog had and how the problem was resolved.

    • ANSWER:
      I had an Italian Greyhound with this.
      Bad coat/hair loss, eye problems, loss of energy..............a pill a day and the problem was taken care of.
      Relatively cheap and she lived another 8 years and passed with unrelated condition at age 15.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have a 5 year old cat that seems to be losing hair. She is indoors, it started on the belly. WHY IS THIS?
    The cat lives with two other dogs. But they are in good health. The belly area is the only part that has lost hair. She is not losing fur in clumps or anything, just seem to be smooth. Please help. Does she need to see a vet?

    • ANSWER:
      I answered a similar question for another poster a few days ago. Here is her question and my answer. Hopefully it will help you, too:
      ____________________________________________________________
      dohd0hdoh
      5 days ago

      My cat is loosing its hair. It started in the belly area and is now spreading. Any idea what the cause is?

      Additional Details

      Mar 9, 2006 at 1:51 pm
      The skinn doesnt look irritated and I dont see it constantly scratching. There are some new cats that may be causing some stress.

      Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

      Do not rely on message boards like this for veterinary advice. A good rule of thumb: if you're concerned enough about your pet's health to pose your question here, you should pose the question to your vet.

      In general, however, there are many things that cause hair loss in cats-- hormonal problems such as thyroid or endocrine disorders; allergies to foods or other things in the environment; stress; compulsive licking or "overgrooming", a behavior issue; mange mites; etc. Fleas cause itching, too. Even if you don't see any fleas on your kitty, he could still be bothered by them. Cats are such meticulous groomers that they can clean off fleas before you ever see them. However, the fleas still bite and cause itching, which makes the cat scratch and chew at himself. You can check for fleas at home. Here's what you do-- spread out a white sheet and put the cat on it. Rub the cat's fur briskly with your hands, as though you're drying him off. If you see little dark flecks on the sheet, moisten them with a little water and wait a few seconds. You can even gently mash it with a finger to help break the flecks down. If the flecks turn red, the cat has fleas. Those black flecks are flea poop, which are made up of digested blood. If you see this, the best thing to do is to go to the vet for a good flea preventative. They have the safest, most effective medications available for cats. Many over-the-counter products are BAD for cats, even though they're labeled for cats. As a tech, I've seen too many cats get sick and even die from OTC products that are supposedly safe for cats. Get to the vet and get this resolved.

  43. QUESTION:
    25 years old and losing a lot of hair?
    It's not noticable when looking at my head, but there are always clumps falling out and my hair is all over everything, like a dog that sheds really bad. Any ideas on what might be going on?
    Yes, I did have a baby 7 months ago. My hair is still falling out quite a lot. This is normal?

    • ANSWER:
      No one can make a diagnosis with certainty over the internet, no matter how smart he/she sounds.

      Without knowing more about you and whether you are experiencing any other symptoms, I would say there are two things worth considering:

      1. Hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid gland)
      People with hyperthyroidism also frequently experience weight loss, feeling warm all the time, tremors (shakes) in the hands, and sometimes palpitations (heart racing or pounding). Obviously, if you have none of these symptoms, hyperthyroidism becomes less likely as a possibility.

      2. Alopecia areata (AA)
      What it is:
      Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alopecia_areata
      NAAF: http://www.naaf.org/index.html (easy-to-understand language, but information is patchy)
      eMedicine: http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic14.htm (most reliable information, but the language can be hard to follow if you don't have medical training)

      If you are not noticing patches of baldness despite having lost quite a bit of hair, you might have the "diffuse" type of alopecia areata.

      Anyway, these are simply possibilities to consider. Go see your doctor (who can do blood tests regarding thyroid function, but also to take a look at your scalp more closely).

      Good luck.

      ============================

      If you had mentioned your recent pregnancy in the first place, you could have saved me a lot of typing. :-)

      Anyway, yes, it's quite common for women to experience hair loss after pregnancy. It's called "postpartum hair loss", and can last anywhere from 3-12 months after delivery:

      http://www.babycenter.com/0_postpartum-hair-loss_11721.bc
      http://www.dermatology.svhm.org.au/MCH/MCH%20Hair%20loss.htm

      If you are still concerned, see your doctor and have some blood tests done to rule out the other possibilities.

  44. QUESTION:
    My 2 1/2 year old female black lab is losing hair on her chest any ideas of what it might be?
    The skin is not broken or sore she just seems to be loosing hair!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss is almost always hormonal or environmental in nature. Does she lay on her chest on hard surfaces all day? The hair could be worn away by that or my rubbing against a fence or harness as well. Hypothyroidism (lack of thyroid hormone) causes hair to grow back slowly or not at all - leaving bare and thin patches after a dog sheds as the hair just isn't replaced. The bet can do a simple blood test to determine her level of thyroid function and prescribe replacement hormone in pill form if that is the problem. A dog that is in heat, pregnant, or lactating may also show signs of hormonal imbalance by funny things happening to their hair.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can someone please tell me about the Pomeranian?
    I am interested in buying one.And I am completely ignorant.REALLY.

    • ANSWER:
      There is way too much to tell to be put on this small space. There are some great websites, Also some good books devoted to poms. Pomeranians or dummies is a good starter book but there are many others.

      Poms are smart, quick, attentive, wonderful dogs. Not for people with small children as they are fragile. They need lots of socialization and training. They tend to train their owners if not given suitable boundaries. They shed, they require regular brushing. There is a large varience in temperaments from the quiet, homebodies to high energy extroverts. Some common heritary problems in poms are Trachea, heart, thyroid, patella issues as well as Black skin disease. (major hair loss). There are many wonderful poms in rescues needing homes. If you decide you must have a puppy, make sure you get one from a breeder who does screening of the parents for these issues. Their is a huge variance in size, and looks due to BYBers and puppy mills. The Standard says 3-7 lbs, but is is common for poorly bred pomeranians to reach over 12 lbs. There are also those tiny poms that are less than 3 lbs. These tend to have major health issues. There is no such thing as a teacup, miniature, Micro ect. Pomeranian. These are just marketing terms from unreputable breeders. If the seller uses one of these terms, Run for the hills.

  46. QUESTION:
    My 1 yr old doberman female is losing her hair and shes been wormed regularly dose anyone know why?

    shes been on the same brand of food from the start a brand Ive always used. its just mass of shedding hair loss no patches or sores

    • ANSWER:
      What color is she? Fawn and Blue dobies are prone to color dilution alopitia which causes hair loss generally staring at the flanks. Dobermans are also prone to hypothyrodism which can cause hair loss. She may also have mange or another skin condition including allergies. My recommendation would be to take her the to the vet and rule out any skin condition. If there is not skin condition have a thyroid panel done. If it is clear and you have a blue or fawn dogs chances are she has CDA. It does not cause any problems other than the hair loss and there is really nothing to be done for it.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my dogs skin turning black?
    My dog is a Norfolk/Yorkshire Terrier mix and his fur is a mix between gold/beige, grey, black. The skin on his stomach is normally pink but recently in the last few weeks it has been turning black. What could possibly be wrong with him. I've tried searching but a lot of people say that it can normally turn black depending on the breed. Please help, cause im worrying about him...

    • ANSWER:
      A previously pink skin that is turning black can be a sign of Hypothyroidism. Usually intense itching accompanies the changing skin color as can dandruff flakes and loss of hair especially on the tail. It would be a good idea to take your dog in for a thyroid panel, making sure the lab will test T3,T4,free T3 and T4 as well as the TgAA for a complete diagnosis. Do not allow your vet to only test the T4 as it will not give a definitive answer.

  48. QUESTION:
    When picking out a new puppy what should I look for to pick a healthy dog?

    • ANSWER:
      The dog should have a clean, shiny coat, free from rashes, bald spots, or potential parasites, like fleas and ticks.
      The dog should be in the normal weight range for this breed or mixture of dog.
      The dog should be sturdy on its feet and not limping.
      The dog should be playful and happy, not overly aggressive, or overly lethargic.
      The dog should have bright, clear, open eyes. There should be no signs of bloodshot, discharge, squinting or rubbing.

      Some telltale signs that there might be a problem include:

      Thick, colored mucus drainage.
      Licking of the genital area
      Coughing
      Vomiting
      Watery diarrhea
      Excessive hair loss

      I also advise you to do:
      Learn a little about the ailments that can affect dogs, and the ones most common in your choice of breed. This one is admittedly hard. It's hard to find information about non-genetically linked diseases, and many reported incidences of disease can be skewed by statistcs and alarmists. Learn what you can. Take what you learn with several grains of salt, and make sure you get a good guarantee (more on guarantees in a minute).
      Meet the parents. Of all the things I can do when buying a puppy, missing this one is a sure deal breaker. Not only will you learn a lot about temperment of the dogs and the breeder when you see how she interacts with the male and female dogs, but you can visually look at appearant health. Ask the breeder to show you their teeth, ask about dental issues, abcesses, fast tarter buildup, lost teeth, extractions etc. (especially important in small breeds). Is there any fur loss on the parents? Untreated thyroid problems, mange and more can result in fur loss. Are they in good condition? Grossly fat or super skinny? Give the bitch a little leniency here, weight fluctuations (both high and low) are common as a result of pregnancy and nursing, just like humans. But the breeder should be able to tell you if weight anomilies are due to the puppies.

      If the parents are sniffing and sneezing, that is a warning sign.
      Ask if the parents are on any medications or supplements or have ever been. It's fair to ask about every vet treatment, but realize you may not get a forthright answer.

      Vaccinations and worming. There are almost as many vaccination schedules as there are breeders. None are particularly right or wrong. In general, the bigger the breeders kennel, the more vaccinations the puppy will have had, while a holistic breeder may not have vaccinated at all. Be aware that an unvaccinated pup is more at risk of contracting some particularly nasty diseases and it may result in high vet bills or even the loss of the pup. Most breeders worm puppies at about 4 weeks, but worms are definitely something your vet will test for when you take the pup for it's first checkup.
      Inbreeding? One word. Run. A LOT of breeders inbreed, and they will tell you it is okay because they know their lines and there are no bad genes. Even if this were possibly true, inbreeding always doubles up the genes in the part of the body that controls the immune system. This doubling up weakens the immune system.

      Testing for genetic disease. There is a reason this is number 9. The most common screened for "genetic disease" is hip dysplasia. HD is only 30-40% genetic. Remember that just because both the sire and dam receive favorable ratings means nothing to the puppies. If you are considering a breed where HD is a serious problem, insist on seeing the screening results of all the sire's and dam's siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents, great aunts and great uncles. You want to see a overwhelming majority of good results in ALL those to gain any comfort that your puppy will be free of HD.

      If all a breeder can offer is screening results for the parents and a few relations, that is virtually irrelevent. Make your decision to buy on other factors, and make sure you get a good contract.

      Consider other genetic screening results in relation to the frequency of the disease in the breed, and it's treatability.

  49. QUESTION:
    What are the symptons of thyroid disease in dogs?
    he eats all the time

    • ANSWER:
      hypothyroidism- hair loss, weight gain, lethargy, high cholesterol, excessive shedding, anaemia

  50. QUESTION:
    I have a boxer and he is getting bold spots why?
    Im worried about my dog.

    • ANSWER:
      I own a boxer, too - and when she was about 5 years old, she started to bald towards the back of her rib cage, on her elbows and underneath her stomach; the hair grew back, but then she started going through seizures a year later! What fun! We went to vet and got a T4 thyroid test done on her, and, it turned out that she had a depleted thyroid, which will cause the loss of fur. You should definatley get this checked on - it will cost a decent amount of money for the test, but nothing over 0, so don't worry about that. I hope I didn't scare you! I wish you luck with your dog!

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