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Old 02-12-2017, 11:30 PM
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Hair loss on ears

Hi. I am new to this forum, So hi to everyone. I have a Miniature Pinscher she is one year old & a real little beauty. Unfortunately she has developed a skin condition where the hair is falling of around the edges of her ears & she appears to be loosing hair on her chest and spot on the top of her tail. We have had her to two Vets & have been treating it with PMP ear suspension for dogs & cats & also had her on a short course of Ketoconazole, But took her of it because of side effects it can cause. It started with little pimples on the underside of he ears that is when we took her to the vet, It has advanced into loss of hair around the edges of her ears & in the last few weeks we noticed she had hair coming of a patch on her tail & the hair seems to be thinning on her chest.We thought it might have been caused by the cold although she has not been right out in open to sleep she was sleeping in our back entrance which is fully enclosed but glassed in around the top with brick around the bottom & she was in a kennel, she sleeps beside our bed now but it has not improved the condition. I am wondering if any dog owners have had any experience with this type of condition. We have become very attached to this little one she has learned to talk & can say Hello. I love you. & yum yum when she has little treats. She has learned that I love you can get her what she wants. very intelligent little dog.
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Pimples on dogs that look like zits on a human paired with hair loss, itchiness, rashes, etc is a symptom of flea allergies. Has this been brought up by your vet as a possibility? Cosmo has flea allergies and anytime we would fall even a little off schedule on his flea medication and one would bite him, he breaks out into a horrible rash and begins losing fur with the "pimples" as you had mentioned. What kind of flea treatment is she on?
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Hi. the vet checked for all types of parasites & done a scraping from the ear & put it under the microscope there was no sign of anything like flees or ticks. But thanks for the suggestion. MinPins have very dry skin & very short hair so pretty easy to see anything like that on them, We keep her well cared for as far as flee treatment & worming goes.
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A skin scrape isn't what you would test fleas with. Fleas can be combed out, a scrape wouldn't detect fleas. The fleas also do not have to be visible on the body to be affecting the dog, Cosmo never has visible fleas on him but one bite and he's broken out for days.

Have you considered an allergy panel? Your pup may have an allergy to something you're feeding them, something environmental, or just plain ol fleas. Allergies are one of the most common reasons for skin issues in dogs.

What do you feed your pup and what brand of treats do you use?
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I understand what you are saying about flees, & yes we do comb her onto white paper to check for flees. I think you are on the right track when you talk about diet. We used to feed her a lot of chicken & veg. I have had a lot of people telling me chicken is quite often a cause of skin problems so we have changed to giving her lamb & veg. I will have to wait & see if that makes a difference.I will let you know how that works out.
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I understand what you are saying about flees, & yes we do comb her onto white paper to check for flees. I think you are on the right track when you talk about diet. We used to feed her a lot of chicken & veg. I have had a lot of people telling me chicken is quite often a cause of skin problems so we have changed to giving her lamb & veg. I will have to wait & see if that makes a difference.I will let you know how that works out.
Raw chicken? Cooked chicken? Chicken in the form of dog food? What's the brand?
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The other big thing to look at is a full thyroid panel, not just T4. My ex's purebred minpin suffered for 3 or so years and we chased vet after vet over allergy and diet.

The dog is diagnosed hypothyroid, and it can wreak havok on a dog in many different ways. Hair loss, pimples, weight gain, the list of possible symptoms is long but the dog doesn't need to have a full list of symptoms.

Let me say, the fastest way to rule out food allergy is to switch to a full prey model raw diet. You're starting out with single proteins period and removing any other possible food allergy. Monty is 100% raw fed, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Hair loss on ears

Hi.Thyroid is being mentioned quite a lot so I will talk to my vet about that one.The chicken we were feeding our dog was human grade from the super market, We were cooking it up & mixing veg like carrot pumpkin beans which she liked & ate everything up.Our vet said to keep her of red meat for a while & see how she went, so we have been cooking the meat for her & mixing in veg.She is not uncomfortable & quit happy to play, occasionally she will have a scratch at her ears but not often must be a bit of itching at times.
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Hi.Thyroid is being mentioned quite a lot so I will talk to my vet about that one.The chicken we were feeding our dog was human grade from the super market, We were cooking it up & mixing veg like carrot pumpkin beans which she liked & ate everything up.Our vet said to keep her of red meat for a while & see how she went, so we have been cooking the meat for her & mixing in veg.She is not uncomfortable & quit happy to play, occasionally she will have a scratch at her ears but not often must be a bit of itching at times.
Would you consider the appearance of the dogs' hair loss "moth eaten"? Jagger looked like he was attacked by a pack of moths. It came on gradually but only got worse.

Which reminds me, I need to introduce Monty to a holistic vet and pull a full blood panel. Always nice to have a baseline moving forward. Should have done it before switching him to raw but oh well.
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The ears are the most noticeable As you can see in the pictures under my first post
her chest is evenly thinning & only other spot is a small patch on her tail about half way down the tail still hair there but I am able to see it is loosing hair. Her ears could be described as (moth eaten) but we can see a little bit of fine hair coming back around the ends of her ears, hoping it will stay because she looks a bit tatty around the ears, otherwise she is doing great, doesn't slow her down at all & she still has a great appetite, We got her some beef rib bones yesterday & she chewers on them a great deal of the time, having trouble getting her to keep them outside on the grass, But we are winning.
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