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Old 03-31-2012, 04:15 PM
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Missing patches of hair

Our 2 yo min pin/daschund mix has three dime-sized patches of missing hair. There is no scabbing or broken skin (except on one that she sits and mindlessly scratches). Just patches of missing hair. There are no bumps on the skin.

I'm researching changing her diet. I've considered boredom but my DH works from home and plays with her on and off throughout the day. I take her to the dog park 2-3 times a week and on a walk the nights she doesn't go to the park.

I'm at a loss. My DH thinks they are hot spots but they look nothing like the ones I have seen online. No redness even. Could it just be diet related? She's on Simply Nourish.

Thanks for the help. I'll try to post a picture.
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Could it be a bacterium she picked up at the dog park?
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Here are some pics

This is the one she keeps scratching at so it is red and scabby.


This is the one on her shoulder


This is the one on her side


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Here is a link that might be helpful to you
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Thanks for the link....I don't think it's mange or anything super serious but it is still concerning. I'm leaning toward allergies. Since they aren't swelling or red, other than the one, I don't think it's something I have to rush her in for. I have to take the big dog to the vet on Monday or Tuesday so I'll take her along for a quick look.

Just thought I'd see if anyone here has any ideas.
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My pup just had those and so did my neighbors dog. It was a really mild form of mange. I would go to the vet for a skin scraping. Its you catch it really early like this it goes away fast but if you wait it can get alot worse. These will give you some skin cream to use
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What differentiates demodex mange from sarcoptic (my vet said) is that with sarcoptic the itching is the symptom; they don't have this itching with demodex mange. If it's sarcoptic, they can "dip" her/him: we went with this option because it is non toxic, instead of the ivertectain (or however you spell it!)
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If it is mange, could she have gotten it at the park? Is it contagious?
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I was just doing some research and Abby is 2 and never had this before, nor are the spots scaly....therefore, not being a vet and all, I don't see where it could be mange, but you never know. I can't wait to see the vet now. This is really stressful.
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Please don't worry, the dogs can pick up a lot of weird "stuff" at the dog parks. If it is mange (and who knows, only the vet) it can be treated successfully. We are using Revolution as one of the oral meds, along with an antibiotic spray and pill, and a medicated antifungal/bacteria shampoo, as well as being dipped 3 times. With certain "herding" dogs the Ivermectain should not be used!!!! Border collies, blue heelers, cattle dogs, aussies, etc., Keep us posted!
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