In December I found a stray dog. We had her checked out and ended up bringing her home to join our family. Turned out she was pregnant - we had an incredibly mixed litter this February. The puppies are just about 6 weeks old and we have just noticed that the mother's hair is coming out in CLUMPS around her back legs and moving up her stomach from around her nipples. Does this sound like mange? I know that all dogs have mites - is pregnancy and subsequent nursing a possible cause for the mites to have progessed into mange? The puppies seem fine and our other dog is not showing any signs. Any insight? What she we be looking for when we go to the vet on Monday?
I'm not all that familiar with breeding, but I found this:
Intact females blow coat – often shedding a majority of their hair at the time in their hormonal cycle when they would be having puppies. A nursing bitch might be virtually bald after whelping – which can be distressing to prospective puppy buyers who don’t understand that it is normal.
Thank you so much! I immediately feel better after reading that. I also went to the site - I was able to get some information on the Chow breed which our lovely stray is obviously a mix of. It said this : Chows shed seasonally, not daily. Once or twice a year they shed their coats and you'll literally be filling trash bags full of hair at that time! PHEW! I was so worried about it being mange I hadn't considered their unique shedding patterns.
So, no dog yet? Would you like to adopt a lovable deserving puppy from our recent litter? :O)
Went to the vet today. Hair loss remedy: a brush and 2 eggs a day to get some protein back after feeding the pups for 6 weeks. All of the puppies are doing well. 7.3 - 8.6lbs! Definitely have some big ones on our hands! Thanks again for all of your help.