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Old January 7th, 2004, 08:16 AM
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There are a few possibilities: an old trauma that now is more evident because the fur is falling out and not being replaced (usually a temporary condition, however I've seen some permanent baldness in severe injuries), an ongoing self-inflicted condition such as excessive licking brought on by itching or a psychological problem (one cannot observe an animal twenty-four
hours a day, and even though you may not actually see this behaviour does not mean it is not happening).

Itching can be a self-reinforced problem from an old insult, or any number of other conditions that are ongoing. As far as treatment is concerned, I would suggest determining the type of condition before any medication is used.

If this were an old injury, then no other treatment is usually indicated. If this has a psychological basis, then it will only be revealed when physical causes have been ruled-out. I wish that I could be more specific for you, but I believe that a veterinary visit is in order to answer your question satisfactorily.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
703-802-0490
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