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Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by lindsayhobden on Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:56 pm

Hi. Have just joined this site 2day as i'm hoping for some advice about my 7 month old Staffy ( Cross - poss with a border collie) Since approx 4 months old she has started to lose hair under her armpits. She has no soreness or itching and it doesn't seem to bother her in the slightest so i think that rules out an Allergy or Mange? When i had her spayed at 6months i asked the vet to have a good look whilst she was under anesthetic and he didn't come up with anything and suggested it may just be hormone related and by a year old it should disappear. It seems to be getting slightly worse with smaller patches slowly appearing around her eyes and just in front of her ears. ALthough she doesn't seem aware of it and not in any discomfort, i worry about just ignoring it as i feel I could be missing something crucial to her health and well being. I wondered if it's stress related but although she is extremely lively and wants plenty of attention i think she is a happy girl and it never seems to bother her if i go out and I leave her on her own. In fact i know she just sneaks onto the sofa and goes to sleep. Nothing is chewed or destroyed whilst I'm out. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by Steve on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:00 pm

try giving her a cod liver oil once a day, my dog when they was around the same age had bold patch it work but it took a couple of months Smile


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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by youngkaiser on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:07 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum.
Kaiser has a patch like this on his neck when he was about the same age i was worried to and asked the vet and they didnt come up with anything and said it will probably just go and is quite common it did go after about 3 months and has never come back it is quite scary i know i was worried he woud end up with a lot of them but luckily he didnt and he is fine now

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by lindsayhobden on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:12 pm

WOW thanks for such quick replies, I have been giving her cod liver oil tablets since she was about 3months old as she had puppy dandruff but a stopped a couple of weeks ago to try and see if this was actually causing the problem. Silly i know but just trying to find a cause!!!

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by youngkaiser on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:14 pm

The problem i think with staffys as well to if they get a cut or anything it takes ages for the fur to grow back my sisters shih tzu always scratches kaiser when playing and it takes a few months for the fur to grow back i have now banned her dog from coming lol

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by Guest on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:23 pm

It could be demodex. It's the mite that causes mange, but don't worry all dogs are born with a small amount of them & they cause no problem. Sometimes they can multiply a little & although they cause no itchiness or soreness they can leave little bald patches.

My Dempsey (now 18 months) had this - one bald patch on the top of his tail & another right on top of his head. The one on his head has now gone, but every so often the one on his tail flares up again. As long as it isn't spreading or causing irritation then I wouldn't worry.

The only way find out for sure is for the vet to take skin scrapes, but he may not think it's necessary for such a small area affected.

Also, don't forget that staffords have VERY short fur & it's especially short around the eyes, the inside of the legs & the belly.

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by lindsayhobden on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:32 pm

Great thanks everyone.

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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:34 pm

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by lindsayhobden on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:45 pm

thanks, i will post pics asap but am useless with computers so will get someone to show me how Smile

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by gem on Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:19 pm

My bitch suffered with ear mites and then she started to go bald around her eyes the reason was the mite likes to burrow in warm and wet areas ie ears, eyes under armpits so my guess its mites. I cleared it with stronghold as it not only works on fleas it kills mites also. All her fur had returned after 3 weeks.

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by niff on Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:24 pm

my shady lost alot of hair around his ears at that age vet told me not to worry was a common thing in all breed and sure enough it all grew back fine , now my bitch is very thin coated and especially under her legs throat and chest its just her nothing wrong with her Big Grin

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Re: Bald Patches on my Puppy

Post by Guest on Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:02 pm

niff wrote:my shady lost alot of hair around his ears at that age vet told me not to worry was a common thing in all breed and sure enough it all grew back fine , now my bitch is very thin coated and especially under her legs throat and chest its just her nothing wrong with her Big Grin

this is common niff in females who are whelping they also loose there hair around the nipples so the pups can get to the milk without too much stress.

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