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dog getting bald patches

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by MLB, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. MLB

    MLB Guest

    In the last week I have noticed that Angel has started to lose some fur resulting in patches showing skin. The skin is not sore or anything and she has not had fleas and can't think why she is losing her fur.

    Do you think it could be because we have changed her diet? We switched from kibble to Raw about two weeks ago. I've already seen improvements as her skin is less flaky (she suffered badly with dandruff) but she did have a nice thick coat and now she has patches:confused::confused:

    Here are some pictures of the two patches.


  2. BoredomBusters

    BoredomBusters PetForums VIP

    Dec 8, 2011
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    Take her to your vet. There are parasites which make dogs lose their fur, which aren't always covered by flea treatment. At least rule that out before you start looking at anything else.
  3. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2010
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    There is many causes of hair loss, one of the most common causes is often mites, there is demodectic mites that are not always itchy but can cause hair loss as the mites live in the hair follicles. You can get localised demodex which is classified less then 5 patches or generalised larger areas covering larger parts of the body.

    There is also sarcoptic mites that burrow in the skin and cause hair loss but these tend to mostly become extremely itchy especially as it progresses.

    Fungal or bacterial infections can cause it and even immune system problems and endocrine problems like hypo thryroid can cause dry flaky skin and bi-lateral hair loss.

    About the only spot ons that do demodex and sarcoptic is Advocate, and Stronghold but that Im pretty sure does only sarcoptic, so unless you have used advocate then other flea treatments dont deal with them.
    Really it would probably be wise to get it checked out in case it carries on and gets worse.
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