My 3 1/2-year old bulldog has bilateral alopecia. This is the second year he's had it. Last year, around summer time we first noticed his hair loss and treated with Melatonin capsuls (6mg/day); eventually all the hair grew back. This summer, he had experienced the same bilateral hair loss and we again tried to treat it with melatonin, but this year it isn't working.
Dog has been checked once for thyroid problems and it came back negative.
Gus eats only large breed eukanuba lamb and rice -- absolutely no table food. We give him ice cubes, nylabones and greenies occasionally.
No other health problems that I know of---always gets a great report from our vet (our vet has french bullies).
The vet has seen his alopecia before and tells us it is purely cosmetic and not to worry. Although it is cosmetic--and may I say this sounds shallow--but his overall apperance does reflect on us. We want him to look as healthy as he is...
he's the healthiest bullie i've seen--no eye, hip or breathing problems.
Ok, well as you know Bullies of all kinds are prone to lots of different allergies, so, Am I understanding right, that the hairloss is always at the same time?In the same spot? Where on the body is the hair loss exactly and how much falls out? A small patch or most of the body. Does the hair fall out or is the dog actually licking excessively? Do you think these nyla bones and greenies are given more in the summer, are there any patterns. Have you tried the Z/D Ultra formula from your Vet, it would be a good idea to start the food,and continue on it for a long period of time to see if the hair loss returns.
***Edited By: sue on 12/20/2006 3:44:39 PM*** Reason: sdc
first off, get him off the eukanuba. its junk. i have three french bulldogs. my male has allergies. we tried several different foods. we switched him to an allergy formulated food and what a difference. we feed them natural balance potato and duck. they also have a couple of other allergy foods in the nb line. it may or may not make a difference in your dog, but it doesnt hurt to try. especially if it ends up with good results.