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We have a 4 yr old Golden Retriever (male) and he is fixed.

For the past 2 months we've noticed he had balding spots on either spot of his hips.. almost right where his kidneys would be - they are in the exact same spot, and now completely bald and his skin almost looks purple-ish.

Also, he has really slowed down, and even just within the past couple of days he has completely stopped going for his walks. He has no energy what so ever, but he is eating full meals and keeping them down, and going to the bathroom regularly and normally.

My mom thought for sure it was his thyriod but the vet called today and his blood work checked out normal for that. The vet has no idea, and we were really almost counting on it being a thyriod problem (since he does have all similar/same symptoms)

We have no idea what is wrong with him, he doesnt seem to be in any pain ... but does anyone have any ideas??? Any advice would be great .. thanks!
I have never heard of this issue from a thyroid condition. If your vet has no ideas switch vets please and asap. If the spots are turning purple there seems to be a circulation issue? Id call around maybe for specialists or have xrays or ultrasounds done.... a vet shouldnt ever leave it at "i have no clue" they should be suggesting more tests to determine whats wrong. have you done a urinalysis? more blood work for things other than thyroid?
 

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To clarify some misconceptions here, indeed thyroid issues do show up often as loss of hair. As stated by yogi, indeed 'sometimes' the problem doesn't show, but that is due to the T4 test being run, not a complete T3, T4, free T4 being run. That would be preferable. However, if the skin is indeed purple, it's time for an abdominal ultrasound and a coagulation test to be run. Golden's are prone to certain illnesses that can cause internal hemorrage, and loss of hair is seen in many conditions of poor health. Also, seeing that this hair loss is bilateral, the adrenals should be checked on ultrasound and some endocrine testing should likely follow. If your vet is not equipped to run such diagnostics, as for a referral to an internist.
Good luck to you both.
Sorry I obviously was not clear, my dog had thyroid issues all his life... yes loss of hair is a sign but loss of hair in two distinct patches on the hips is just odd sounding to me because I have never heard of that...but it could be thyroid..just meant it was an odd occurrence to be exact same spots
 
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