Did you happen to ask your vet how he came to this diagnosis? I would be really interested in knowing. Did he do a skin scraping and rule out everything else first, because there must be a way to tell if it's alopecia, as opposed to say, a food allergy, or pattern baldness, for instance, Just curious. You'll have to knit him a big wooly sweater! Sorry to hear about that, it's just crappy for that breed to have an issue like that, of all breeds.
Is your dog usually on any type of flea medication? I know in fall, the fleas apparently come out in droves, because that's when my dogs are most likely to loose hair on their rumps and the back of their legs where they are scratching the most.
If you never see your dog scratching and it's loosing hair (I mean not shedding, but literally has bald spots, which is not normal shedding) then I'd believe alopecia. But if your dog is scratching, and youre sseeing bald spots, I'd suspect something besides alopecia for sure.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I haven't had this with a dog, but my son had a mild case of it. The dermotoligist gave him some type of cream to rub on it. I also had a friend that had a sever case. He lost all hair on his body and I mean all of it. They were giving him shots to treat his.
I have to call the vet back because I am not sure of what kind of tests they took. I know that they took blood tests and I do not know why they think that it is Alopecia. If you look it up he is between the ages of 2 and 5. He does not have any bald spots so far - he is basically down to the undercoat and keeps losing more fur. He absolutely loves the cold weather and snow and now I am going to have to keep him in like a regular dog. At least he wont be too hot come the summer time. I will be calling the vet on Monday to see what they have to say. I dont see him scratching alot - just normal.
Is your avatar picture your husky? I have a white Sibe and I have noticed her coat isn't as thick as my red girl. They tend to shed twice a year, but what they're shedding is the undercoat. Might be hard to tell with a white. The spring/summer undercoat is pushed out by the heavier winter undercoat coming in. This is reversed in spring when you will have a much heavier blow. Alopecia should affect all fur not just one coat. I know my girls become rather thin in the spring and summer, but if you're having a particularly warm winter it could cause an early blow. He could also have a thyroid problem which could cause hair loss.
Dog hair on one's clothing is a fashion statement. *Stolen from Pyrmom*
No the beginning picture is not him. He is a black and white male. The vet checked his thyroid and it was normal. He lost all of his fur except for the undercoat. He looks like a short haired dog. I have another Husky who is losing her fur on her legs. It is coming out in clumps. She does go inside the house during the day when no one is home and also at night. I dont know what is going on with these two. I have to talk to the vet again because I dont think that they did a skin scraping of him to see what the problem is. The weather in upstate NY (near Albany) has been cold -(when it has been below freezing the dogs sleep inside at night - we feel bad for them)This week is going to be in the upper 50's here.
Yes sounds like what they call alopecia x. My husky cohoe has this problem started when he was about 7months old he lost all of his guard coat and then the under wooly coat. Ruled out the usual supspects cushings thyroid etc. Then we got biopsies taken and sent to the university of Tenn for evaluation they call it non inflamatory hair loss. This is caused by over production of cortisol and is treated in the same way they treat cushings with Trilostane (generic) actual name vetoryl. The generic can be obtained from a compounding pharmacy in the usa but I suggest you go with the real deal vetoryl. We put cohoe on the generic for almost a year with very little result then we actually got him on vetoryl which needs to be ordered from the uk and you will need a vet presription to do so. Cohoe is now a normal husky again equipped with all of his fur and that beautiful fox tail we all know and love.This is a long and expensive journey but well worth it when you see your baby in full coat again! Hope this helps.