My male doberman is about 5 years old. He's losing his hair on his back and it's almost in the pattern of his spine. Kind of a weird pattern. A vet had mentioned it could be thyroid but I want to check here in case anyone knows what it could be.
Yes, thyroid issues can cause hair loss. Your vet may be onto something. If the hair loss was in any other pattern with other symptoms I may thing of another condition, but letting him check the thyroid is a good start.
Hi I am a Dobe breeder... is this a blue or fawn? That can be normal for the dilutes.. I have a fawn puppy that started to have some skin problems. I gave her organic milled flax, I got it at costco, you sprinkle it on cereal and stuff....anyway, I give Buffy a scoop a day and 99% of her problems went away in about 6 weeks...I would start with the thyroid panel, and milled flax. If her thyroid is normal, use the flax and maybe some benadryl in case it's an allergy... PM me if you need more info.
Alopecia caused by the dilute gene doesnt generally cause the thinning to be down the spine alone, so is why I thing the thyroid should be done first and go from there. Once you rule out major medical issues that would require prescription meds, then you can move on to some additives that may help :)