My boston terrier is just over 2 years old and we noticed about a month ago that he has lost his hair on his stomach and legs in patches. We took him to the vet and he said it probably is allergies like a human gets and he gave us a couple of pills for him to take and we did that and yesterday my son noticed he is loosing the hair in front of his ears. I am really worried and I am going to take him back to the vet. He acts fine but it is so weird to see him loosing his hair. Any ideas as to what else it might be?
First of all, did you call the breeder and ask about this? If it's not mange or allergies, (what are you feeding, very important?) then it could be pattern baldness which will resolve itself in time, usually.
Pattern baldness does not happen as a general rule to immature dogs. First of all, is it completely symmetrical? It usually starts on the flanks, inside the hind legs, front and sides of the neck and the deepest part of the chest. These conditions must be ruled out before diagnosing pattern baldness..thyroid deficiencies, allergy to foods, medication, and all and every parasite you can think of, including worms, mange and fleas. Pattern baldness is an auto-immune disease, and can lead to other problems with hyper sensitivity to certain things, make allergies worse, reproductive system abnormalities, pancreatitis, and hot spots. You did'nt mention what you feed your dog, that could be the cause, right there.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 5/27/2008 10:22:46 AM*** Reason: spelling.
I'm with Pen. First what are you feeding? Second contact the breeder to get some history on the dogs lines and if any of the relatives also had this. Also, did the vet to do a skin scraping at your visit?
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We are feeding him Iams dry mini chunks, which is what we have been feeding him since he was a puppy. The vet checked him for fleas, etc. and said to bring him back and they would do further testing if it looked the same. I went to petsmart and got a food supplement to put on his food that has omega 3 and some extra vitamins and is supposed to help the skin and coat. I thought I might try that for a week and if he still looks bad, I am going to take him back to the vet for further testing to see what might be wrong. It still bothers me that after having him for over 2 years it just started happening and he acts fine.
Iams Mini Chunks Dog Food Iams Mini Chunks Iams MiniChunks is perfect for dogs who prefer a smaller bite-size kibble. It is enhanced with vitamin-rich fish oils for a healthy skin, lustrous shine and overall health. High-quality chicken offers a rich, wholesome taste for normally active adults. Essential vitamins and minerals support the immune system and help maintain good health. A patented fiber source helps maintain colon health and enhance your dog's ability to absorb nutrients. When more nutrition stays in your dog, there?s less backyard clean-up. Iams MiniChunks contains a patented carbohydrate blend of select healthy grains to help maintain normal blood sugar levels for sustained energy.
Ingredients: Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Potassium Chloride, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Flax Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fish Oil (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract
I would not feed this food to a Boston Terrier. There are so many better foods, I can't think of them all. Innova Evo, Timberwolf Organics, Eagle Pack Holistic,D. Van Pattens, etc, etc. I can tell you that this food is proably the main cause of your dog's problem, and that's just my opinion, as a breeder of Bostons. I hope you get your little guy fixed up soon, Good luck.
Well, I was trying to be nice for once, those are not the words I would have liked to type. If you can't type Mr. Van Patter's first name here, it would have been very difficult for me to describe that food, without getting the boot.
This is the 3rd Boston Terrier we have had and they all have been fed Iams and the other 2 lived to be 13 years old and we never had a problem. Our vet said it is fine because it is more digestable and of course less outside clean up. And like I said he didn't have this problem the last 2 summers. Which of the foods do you suggest would be the best and comparable to what he has been eating? I am still trying the supplement that petsmart recommended and will see how it works. We love him and he is so energetic and loads of fun, just has less hair on his stomach and legs than he used to have.
Strong3, the first thing to do is find out why he is losing his hair. Personally I would feed him Eagle Pack Holistic Salmon, but other people have different opinions. I breed Bostons, and my dogs have always been allergic to corn, and if you look into what the components of your dog food is really made of, I don't think you will be impressed. I really would suggest a slow change with the food, and taking your dog for a skin scraping, and an allergy testing, with a full blood panel. Let us know how you make out. Good luck.
Thank you I will try the slow food change and watch him for a couple of days more and then make an appt. with our vet. Thanks for your advice, I am just at a loss. My Mom has always had Bostons and growing up at home we had them and I have just never seen any of them have this problem. I will let you know what happens.