2 days ago this dog had all his hair. today I looked at him when I was walking by, and I freaked. From his shoulders back he has lost all his hair in patch clumps. For those who know what ferret tails can look like when they lose their hair due to blackheads, that's what his tail looked like. His skin looks patchy and red, but not scabby. I can't think what would be wrong. He is in a pen with a german shepherd and that dog's not showing any symptoms. The chow basically looks like a lion with thin patchy hair on his back and sides.
I did ask them. They didn't try to groom him. There are big clumps of fur all over the pen too. It looks like big clumps were just ripped out. They've switched from pedigree to drs foster and smith food, and then to country vet because they didn't like drs foster/smith prices. They don't want to touch him because it could be contagious, and they don't want to take him to the vet either. They don't want him in their car.
They said they've had him several years, and they don't know what's wrong either. the just noticed the problem too.
They weren't really friendly. I don't think they appreciated my concern.
the poor thing cries all the time. He acts like it's actually hurting him. The guy is poo pooing it-said he's probably just shedding. I've never seen a chow do that!!!! Chows shed and you have to brush it out, or else it stays on and mats up.
Its quite possible the dogs got hotspots all over and alot of time the hair does come out in clumps. It would be itchy and sore. Especially those double coated breeds. Hes probly had the problem for some time and now the hair is starting to fall out. Allergies and hives could do the same but not quite that extensive. The dog could also have some type of skin infection.Bacterial infection. If they don't do anything, hes going to be miserable. It sounds like the dog is isolated mostly so I doubt its from another animal. Is the dog exposed to the elements, like rain.
***Edited By: sue on 3/2/2006 9:12:47 AM*** Reason: sDV
A skin scraping could tell if it was either of the manges or if it was an allergy/hot spots. Really there is no other way to be certian. My vet only charges like $12 for the scraping. If it is demodectic mange....eeekk. Can be hard to get rid of.
Actually if he has been sitting in the rain a long time there is a fungus that they can get. Rain rot (my mom's horse got it once), that is pretty easy to cure with an iodine based antifungal. Mom's horses hair just fell out in clumps like that, and the base of the roots were almost filmy white and sticky/clumped together.
The vet carefully scrapes with a razor, the top layer of skin in the bald area.
Yes a skin and hair scrape could be analized at the office to identify the problem. you may better tell them that the vet wont accuse them of neglect so dont be afraid, the vet will be glad to help the animal.( You may want ot call your vet and ask if he would have a problem helping out your ignorant neighbors and explain the situatin.You may be surprised how nice a clinic can be ) Now if left untreated and neglected then they need to be Very afraid because then they can be held accountable for abuse.
Sounds like hot spots to me. My Chow mix (Alex) and his purebred mother (Tara) both have food allergies. They both get hot spots. They can come on pretty fast and if the dog digs at it, it can get really nasty. If your neighbors are switching food, this could have triggered it. A nice bath with a shampoo for Hot Spots will ease this poor dog's itchiness. Also, see if they will check the dog for fleas. It could also be a flea allergy.
When my dog sheds, he sheds in patches and looks really scruffy. Even thought I brush him everyday. He has patches of fur that are thinner then others. Almost looks like a did a hack shaving job or just choose to shave in certain spot. lol. Poor guy. Looks funny right now, it's shedding season.
Could that be this chows problem? Though the red you described sounds a little odd.
I have never seen a chow do this with the hair before. I've seen his hair clump from shedding, but I 've NEVER seen it fall out. I will ask them if they would be agreeable to me taking the skin/hair into my vet. The vet I go to is very understanding. I can see why they don't want to take him in 'cause he looks really bad, on top of having arthritis in his legs. They take care of him, and I have seen them try to take him inside but they gave up because he won't go in.