Okay...King is now 13 weeks old and is turning out to be such a handsome boy. His body is so "built" and his coat is super shiny. He's active and eats like a horse...but I've notice that the hair under his neck and above his chest is very thin, to where you can see the skin. He doesn't itch at it and it doesn't seem to bother him any. The vet says it doesn't appear to be a "skin" problem nor does it look like it's from his collar, being that his collar is so loose.
So what can be causing his hair to fall out there...what can cause it to be so bare? Like I said he's not itching it and when I scratch it he doesn't seem to be "relived" he barely even gives any indicaiton that I'm scratching that area. And the rest of his coat is as shinny as can be.
And I know alot of you have a strong opinion about the food you feed you dogs and may disagree with what I feed mine, but I really don't think this is a food allergy.It's only in this one spot.
But it's not like a hot spot...there are no blisters or redness. The hair is there, but is very thin and soft.
I don't go on the soapbox about what food you feed. I find that decision to be VERY hard, so don't worry.
BUT... just because it is "only one spot" doesn't mean it is NOT allergies. Allergies can do all sorts of strange things and sometimes only show in certain spots. It could be an allergy to something he comes into contact with or, it could be food, or grass, or ANYTHING.
Outside of that, I don't really know what it could be, but no matter what you are feeding, it could be allergies so I wouldn't be so quick to discount that. Bad foods don't cause allergies. Nor do good foods solve allergies. Allergies are a reaction to one specific (or many) things. So if it's chicken, then that could be in good or bad food. And, it never hurts to experiment. What does he sleep on and what is it washed with? He could be allergic to detergents. etc...
My dog has allergies (so I assume) and she has thin hair in her armpits. The skin is nice and soft, not discolored at all, but pretty much non-existant. Allergies aren't always skin irritations that turn red and puffy. Sometimes allergies just make you really tired. That is what they do to my mom. Allergies are reactions, but not all reactions are red and swollen and ugly.
***Edited By: kdubbs27 on 6/27/2006 4:29:15 PM*** Reason: add
He is a real beauty and looks like he's going to be big. I noticed he has a good assortment of toys. Do you ever launder them with people laundry soap or wash his bedding in your washing machine? Right in the chest/throat area is where they tuck a favored toy to snooze with. Try washing his washable toys and his bedding with a laundry soap that is meant to be nonallergenic like for babies or people with sensitive skin. It could be something that simple.
Another thing you might want to check for is flees. My cat started lossing fur for no reason at all it seemed and come to find out she was allergic to flees lol It could be a number of things and alot of them have very simple solutions.
First, food allergies can be in one spot, I've seen it that way. What are you feeding him?
Is he still wearing that contraption on his head? Maybe that rubbed the hair off his neck. If he's still wearing it see if you can get some better advice on how to tape ears and do it in a way that's more comfortable.
If it doesn't spread and you don't find the cause then I wouldn't worry about it for right now. Puppies often have thin hair coat in that area and it fills in as they mature. Without seeing your puppy's neck, at least in a picture, I can't say but that is sometimes what happens.
I went home and checked him yesterday and in addition to the hair loss area he also has what looks like pimples around the area. I'm not sure if they're literally pimples or flea bites. Although he has Advan. on.
I'm thinking it might be the collar, being that it's leather or maybe a food allergy. Which is hard for me to accept since he looks so good everywhere else.
I don't think it's hie "head piece"....that barely is wrapped around his lower chin and the hair loss area is down his chest.
I'm going to have him looked at by the vet again and see what he suggest.
Could be puppy acne, Husk Sometimes the hair on the chest is just thinner than the rest. You might try supplimenting with Flaxseed oil, it comes in capsules and poke a hole in it and squirt it on his food. That will do wonders for it and he's getting big! And cute!
I have heard some blues can have some minimal hair loss. Personally we had a blue growing up and never had that problem but I guess some can have it. Just a thought if you rule out allergies (food, laundry, flea, bugs).
ok, i too encountered this problem with my dobe,i really dont know how your dobe got this alergic reaction in just one specific part of his body.food or soap and even the change in the season cld trigger. but nothing to worry men.i think its just natural that this happen to dobes.just try not to leash him for a while until the hair comes back. try using baby shampoo coz thats what ive used befor and baby coconut oil.it even make the hair grow faster and shinny.