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Old December 26th, 2006, 05:36 PM
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Unhappy Hi I am Melody, I am new & have a question

I have an important question and hope anyone can give me any advice. My dog Violet is 11 years old, she is half husky and half timberwolf. For the past 2 years her tail has been shrinking & loosing fur. I have taken her to 2 vets and they have no idea what it is or how to stop it from shrinking. I am very worried and would appreciate anyones input.
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Old December 26th, 2006, 05:40 PM
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wow that is a new one,i have no guesses for you sorry.....
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Old December 26th, 2006, 06:37 PM
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First of all, welcome to the forum and we'd love to see pics of Violet.

I don't quite understand what you mean by "her tail is shrinking".
Have the vets tested for hypothyroidism?
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Old December 26th, 2006, 09:27 PM
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Unhappy Here is a pic

I dont understand it ither, nither do the vets I have taken her to.
This is a picture of the tail that is shrinking!
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Old December 26th, 2006, 09:49 PM
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Picture of Violet

Here's a nicer pic of Violet
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Old December 27th, 2006, 02:53 AM
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Has a thyroid panel been done?

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Clinical Signs
Clinical signs of the disease vary greatly because of the myriad of systems the thyroid hormone impacts. Most owners are alerted to a problem when changes in the dog's coat occur. This is frequently the first symptom of which they become aware. The classical signs include alopecia or hair loss on both sides of the trunk or specifically on the tail, i.e., the 'rat' tail. Hair regrowth is usually slow and may come in dry, dull or differently colored. The skin may also change color and become greasy, strong smelling and thickened. The dog may gain weight easily, becoming lethargic, mentally dull and exercise intolerant. Chronic ear infections have also been noted. Observed also are severe behavior changes and neurological symptoms including unprovoked aggression, head tilt, seizures, ataxia, circling and facial nerve paralysis. Additionally, reproductive functions such as prolonged anestrus and fertility rates may be affected. It is obvious from this list that this is a serious disease and one that needs to be caught early.
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