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Old 01-13-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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Default dog losing hair! help!

My dog began losing hair in small, dime sized patches on the top of her shoulders last week. Slowly she has been getting more and more patches on her back and down her side. I took her to the vet and she did a skin scrape. She said it was negative for mange. Her skin was not inflamed or irritated, so she didn't think it was allergies. She basically said she had no clue- gave me a prescription for a skin antibiotic and said to monitor her. She keeps getting new spots! Her skin is flaky and dry as well. Any advice anyone?

Also- She's on Nutro at the moment.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:37 PM
 
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My dog began losing hair in small, dime sized patches on the top of her shoulders last week. Slowly she has been getting more and more patches on her back and down her side. I took her to the vet and she did a skin scrape. She said it was negative for mange. Her skin was not inflamed or irritated, so she didn't think it was allergies. She basically said she had no clue- gave me a prescription for a skin antibiotic and said to monitor her. She keeps getting new spots! Her skin is flaky and dry as well. Any advice anyone?

Also- She's on Nutro at the moment.
Bear has somthing like that. He got some stuff from the vet. Dermazole to use for his bath. Twice a week.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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Also- She's on Nutro at the moment.
Well, it can't do any harm to put her on a better, grain-free food.

While the skin scrape was negative for mange, did the vet test or mention ringworm (which isn't a worm, it's fungal infection)?

Dermazole that Driller mentions is an anti-fungal shampoo.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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Well, it can't do any harm to put her on a better, grain-free food.

While the skin scrape was negative for mange, did the vet test or mention ringworm (which isn't a worm, it's fungal infection)?

Dermazole that Driller mentions is an anti-fungal shampoo.
Yes, Bear has two spots on his back. About a penny size. The hair just comes out with a comb.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:04 PM
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Ditto the post about a better food. I live in the southwest desert (dry) and give my dogs a bit of oil everyday....either fish oil capsules, salmon oil, coconut, even a tsp of olive oil will do.

If you're in a dry climate, running a cool mist humidifier will help too.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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Did the vet check for fungus? To do that the skin scraping should be done and made into a KOH (potassium hydroxide) prep for detecting the fungus.
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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Did the vet check for fungus? To do that the skin scraping should be done and made into a KOH (potassium hydroxide) prep for detecting the fungus.
Mine did. That is what I meant by a "comb".

We could not see it but, could feel it.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:22 PM
 
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No, I dont think she tested for ringworm or fungus. I guess I'll have to call again in the morning. Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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It could also be mange.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:37 PM
 
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It could also be mange.

she was skin scraped and tested for mange- negative.
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