Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old October 6th, 2011, 10:48 AM
Kellynbobellen Kellynbobellen is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1
Puppy with thin hair

Hello, I am new to this site and looked at some of the previous posts about thinning hair. I dont think my boy Charlie fits into some of the previous discussions so I thought I would ask.

Charlie is a 10 month old black German Shepherd. I feed him taste of the wild, wellness treats, and the occasional fruits and veggies as a healthy snack. I am really conscious of what I feed him and how I take care of him. I have used the Furminator frequent use shampoo (he is a SDIT and needs to be washed often).

A few days ago he started to get a thin patch of fun on his snout right under his eye. The day it showed up he played a little too hard with a neighbor dog and I thought that he just got scratched. It has gotten bigger now and is the size of a silver dollar.

The skin is not red under and I have not seen him scratching at it at all. He has an appointment to see the Vet already in place for 2 weeks from now to have a bump removed from his neck and sent off for testing. The vet cant see me sooner because she has been out for a surgery. I dont really feel comfortable seeing someone else that doesnt know Charlie.

Seeing his age and what I feed him, should I be really concerned about this? Charlie is training to be a service dog and he is my life-line to being able to get out and about. I dont feel like it is something real serious but I am also concerned about it! Any advice or help would be great, thanks!!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old October 6th, 2011, 11:08 AM
hazelrunpack's Avatar
hazelrunpack hazelrunpack is offline
The Pack's Head Servant
Chopper Challenge Champion, Mini KickUps Champion, Bugz Champion, Snakeman Steve Champion, Shape Game Champion, Mumu Champion, Mouse Race Champion
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Just east of the Hazelnut Patch, Wisconsin
Posts: 50,053
Welcome to the board!

The first thing that comes to mind is demodex mange, Kellynbobellen. One of our rescues arrived with it--she had some baldish patches but they didn't look red or inflamed, either. Demodex mange is more a disorder of the immune system than anything else--the vast majority of dogs have the mites that cause it, but only when the immune system is unable to keep them in check do you see mange. It most often occurs in young dogs whose immune system is still developing, and in dogs with compromised immune systems (in our Macie's case, her immune system was likely out of whack due to the negative effects of the stress of being rescued, rehabbed and adopted out).

If I were you, I'd make an appointment with another vet if you can't see your own, and ask for a scraping to be done. The reason I wouldn't wait is because if it's demodex mange, you may need to put off the surgical removal of the bump to minimize Charlie's stress, and you'll want to start treating the mange as soon as you can, as well.

There are other reasons for hair loss, as well, so the vet may want to do a blood panel as well to rule some of them out.
__________________
"We are--each of us--dying; it's how we live in the meantime that makes the difference."

"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old October 6th, 2011, 11:19 AM
Rgeurts's Avatar
Rgeurts Rgeurts is offline
Senior Contributor
Tetris Champion, Cell-Out Champion
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,964
Welcome to the board!

I would ask for a Thyroid panel (not just a T4, but a FULL Thyroid panel) as well as the scraping. GSD's are prone to Hypothyroidism. Most vets will tell you it doesn't happen in dogs that young, but those vets are wrong. Our Malamute was diagnosed at around 8-9 months old. He didn't have a lot of the symptoms, but hair loss/thinning hair is one of them. It can also cause a lot of skin conditions. There are 2 links below. One is a video on GSD and Hypothyroidism and the other is a link to Dr. jean Dodds and Hemopet. We have blood drawn at our vet and they ship it to Hemopet in California. It costs us $180.00, but is well worth it. She is one of the leading authorities on canine immune disorders and Hypothyroidism. She not only does the thyroid panel, but she tailors the results to the age/breed of the dog. What may be in the normal range for one breed could be high/low for another breed. Good luck and let us know how he is doing!

http://video.ezinemark.com/hypothyro...b00b7ed14.html

Hemopet and Dr. Jean Dodds

http://www.hemopet.org/
__________________
"Obey my dog!" - Mugatu

"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!" ~ Theophile Gautier


"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole" - Ok... whoever said this has never had a sick or special needs baby. They ARE our whole life!

R.I.P. my sweet, handsome Thorin. You are missed dearly Dec. 25, 1999 - Mar. 4, 2012
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:25 PM.