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Old 05-22-2012, 12:32 PM
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Bald patches

I guess this isn't exactly a health thing, but it's related to skin, so figured this was the best spot to post this.

Luke has two bald patches on his head. They're almost exactly symmetrical on either side, in front of his ears. You can see them in the picture (one side is harder to see). The spot on his left side (right side of picture) is a bit larger than the other one, but otherwise they looks almost the same.

He's had them since as long as anyone knows. The spots are visible in pictures taken by his foster family when he was just a couple of months old, when he was rescued from the shelter.

The rescue group had their vet check him out and do scrapings, and our vet did the same. Seems it's just some sort of scar, I guess. No mange, fungus, or anything like that. Since we've gotten him, the spots have gotten a tiny bit bigger, but that just seems to be from his overall growth.

Everyone always asks what happened to him, but we just don't know. So this is just to satisfy my curiosity.

Any ideas? We joke that we're going to get him horn implants there.

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Old 05-22-2012, 12:52 PM
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If scrapings have been done and there is no ringworm, yeast or bacteria and no change in condition then I tend to think it is scar tissue.
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Can you take a photo of just one? Is there any hair coming back? It does not seem to look red? How are his ears inside? Does he get under anything where he could rub his head?
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I'll try to get another photo when I get a chance. There is a little bit of hair coming in the middle of one. Otherwise they're both pretty much bald. Truthfully, they do look kind of like an old injury, except it doesn't look like scar tissue. Just bald spots. They're not red. Seem to be the same color as the surrounding skin that is covered with hair normally. His ears look fine.

I'm not sure what he could be getting under, certainly not often enough to be causing him to rub off hair. Especially since he's had these spots since well before we got him. And the spots seem unchanged in all these months, other than being ever so slightly bigger (but I do think that's just because they've grown along with his head size).

I just can't imagine what would cause symmetrical bald spots. Weird.
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hmm you said he was neg for ringworm? It looks like when my cats had ringworm Ringworm is evil
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Yep, both the rescue group's vet and our vet tested it and the results were negative.

Omg... I think i know. It's early onset male pattern baldness!
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I agree that if everything has tested negative that they are probably just scar tissue... that being said, it must have been from his dehorning... :-P
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So he was one of those devil dogs Holly?

If hair is growing back they may just fill in over time..They be a different color. I have noticed some dogs scar only to grow hair back darker or lighter.
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Well, I guess it doesn't make sense to put in horn implants if someone went through the trouble and expense to dehorn him.

Maybe some brightly colored tattoos?
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hmm well I checked Bentley and my son and neither have bald patches where horns used to be, both are little trouble makers. lol I think where my cats fur is thin in front of their ears is where their horns were before the rescues de horned them.
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