My beautiful 3 year old Boston Terrier has developed bald patches under her front legs. The skin is very soft and healthy looking - just bald. The rest of her coat is very healthy & shiney, and her weight is good. I feed her Canadae lamb & rice kibble with a spoon of a variety of Wysong canned meat as well as a squirt of fish oil. Does anyone know what could cause these bald patches??
Are you talking about the area that would be equivalent to a human's armpit? I have noticed that a lot of breeds who have similar coats to a Boston tend to be hairless in that area and sometimes tend to lose the fur on the underside of their chest as well. As long as the bald areas are symmetrical and not spotty areas of hairloss it is probably normal. If the skin is a normal pale or light pink, not redend, there are no signs of circular lesions/loss of hair, crusts or scales, and she is not itchy, she is probably fine.
That's my guess based upon the information you put in your post. Being able to actually see what you are describing may change my opinion. If you are concerned you should always have a veterinarian check your dog out.
Thanks for your response! The patches are in her "underarm" area, and are oblong in shape covering the area where her leg meets her chest, as well as the top of the leg itself. The area appears to be getting even larger, and the bald area is completely bald. Not One hair! The vet wasn't concerned at her last appt, but I'm taking her in again this week and just wanted to do a little research first. She doesn't have any other abnormalities.
Sounds like it is normal. You could have bloodwork done because some metabolic diseases can cause hairloss without any signs of something being wrong with the skin itself. Have her checked and let us know what your vet says!