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So yesterday I was giving Chester a bath. While I was doing that I noticed a hairless spot on his hip. I have no idea what would of caused this. He is very healthy and energetic. I am always getting compliments on good his body condition is. The only other thing I have noticed in his health is that he has lost weight. This summer he was 54lbs, now he is 47lbs. I figured maybe he lost this weight because he is super energetic nowadays. But I wonder if his weight loss has anything to do with this spot of missing hair. I will be taking him to the vet, but I am wondering what you guys think it could be. I know that diagnosing online does not take the place of a vet, but usually it takes a couple days to get in, so I would like to know what some of you think.
Here are some pictures:

Here his fur is wet so it is easiest to see here.


Here he is still wet, but it's from above. Note: What you see on the towel is not his hair. There is a wolf on the towel. :p
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I tried to find the spot once his hair was dried. That proved difficult but here is a picture of it when it is dry.
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I realize that it could possibly be his food, and I so happened to of just switched brands. He is on the presidents choice brand. I read the ingredients on the back and was impressed so I decided to try it out. Also I did research and found that it is a higher rating food.

Here is the ingredients list:
Ingredients: Chicken meal, chicken, brown rice, oatmeal, dehulled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols source of vitamin E), natural chicken flavour, tomatoes, whole dried egg, herring meal, flaxseed, salmon oil (source of DHA), brewers yeast, whole sweet potatoes, whole carrots, whole blueberries, whole cranberries, whole apples, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sodium chloride, chicory root, choline chloride, vitamins & chelated minerals (vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, vitamin C, inositol, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin K, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, copper sulphate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium thermophilum), dl-methionine, Yucca schidigera, dried rosemary

I know not all dogs do well on Chicken, but that is what Chester has been on all his life without a problem. Also he is fed a little raw deer meat with one meal a day.
 

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My puppy had developed a bald spot that ended up turning into Ringworm. Not sure if that's what is going on there. How old is Chester?
 

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What food was he on prior? Also was it grain free?
 

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@LuckySarah he is just over a year old.
@crazy he was on antr1um hostilic dog food. Yes, it was grain free. Though this food is only available in Canada. He has been on this food for the majority of his life.
 

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There are just so many possible causes. Your Vet can run blood tests to help determine if the problem is systemic. You are right to have your Vet do a workup. You need to know if the weight loss is related, or not. Let us know what your Vet finds.
 

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The vet is going to be your best bet. As Laco said it could be so many things from pressure sores, to ringworm, to an insect bite that he licked and bit at.

Has he been itchy lately? If the weight loss did anything it might have caused him to more easily to develop a pressure sore Dog Pressure Sores | Canine Calluses ,it would not have caused hair loss like that but would have caused an overall thinning of the coat if he was suffering from not getting enough calories.
 
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@Rain thanks for the reply. I followed the link on pressure sores, and after reading it, I can say that I don't think that that's the case. He doesn't seem bothered much at all by it.

On the topic of itching, he itches every once in awhile (not at the bald spot) but I would say that the amount he itches is probably normal. He just scratches his own neck every once in awhile.

I realize that no one can diagnose it online. He will see a vet. I just needed some ideas of what it could be while I wait to get in to the vet.
 

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My puppy has ringworm and it starts off as bald patches that eventually get red and blistery-like. I just found two new patches of it this weekend (sigh). Apparently it's a pain to get rid of so hopefully it's not that. It doesn't seem to itch her either. The vet would likely take some hair samples.

My other dog Lucky, his fur was all messed up possibly due to undiagnosed Cushings. But you would see more symptoms with that like frequent UTI's. They actually tested him for it but it came back negative. I do think ultimately he did have it though when I look at the list of symptoms.
 
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