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Alopecia/hair loss

Hello everybully!

Tucker recently started to develop some balding patches on his body(his sides or flank I guess). I've researched it and it appears to be alopecia. I know it can be very common in bullies and especially in fawn bullies. Please share your experience as I want to hear about it from people who's dogs have had it before the trip to the vet. Btw, it's not itchy or flaky and it really doesn't seem to bother my wiggle bum ;)

thanks in advance!!! Katie ;)

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Katie & Tucker a.k.a "Porkchop"

Same here

So last year this happended with our sweet Ruby and I was at a total loss as to what to do. I started giving her Show Stopper and it eventually stopped thinning and started filling in (I stopped with the Show Stopper once the spots disappeared). I already was giving her coconut oil daily. She was (and continues) to be on quality food (plus probiotics and digestive enzymes--Mercola Brand) but yet again the thinning has started (and it seems like more spots this year--drat!). So I started her on the Show Stopper just recently hoping to nip it in the bud. We will see. I know it's very upsetting especially when you are taking EXCELLENT care of your pup and feeding great food. Best of luck to you.

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

We've never had this but...

I know some people have success with melatonin and there was a product at Petsmart a few years ago called Lipaderm that worked well on alopecia.  

donnaorted's picture

SIMPLE SOLUTION

My Isabella, also a fawn, had this same issue too. It never bothered her but aesthetically it wasn't pleasing. On a whim, I started putting just plain old ordinary lotion on her (becuase there was no way she could reach the spot to lick it off). I used Loreal's Quench lotion and in a matter of days the hair started to come back and within weeks it was completely back. I now put it on her about once a week to keep it from returning.

AmyandSophia's picture

There is another product I like a lot.....

It is called Calm Coat. I use it for my horses and dogs as needed. It grows hair back and keeps the skin supple. Good product. You can usually find it at bigger feed stores and maybe Tractor a supply, but I don't recall seeing it there...

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wrigley_2007's picture

I had a fawn colored male

that lost his hair on his sides every year for the first 5-6 years he was alive during the month of March/April. The vet attributed it to the pollen in the air and the time of the year where plants/shrubs start to bloom and get pollinated. At first I though he was crazy, but after the first couple years I realized he could be right. My male never showed any signs of being sick nor did he scratch, he simply lost his hair for about 30-45 days on his sides. I have no idea why it stopped after 6 years but it did. I'm guessing his immune system just got stronger. Good Luck

Mike

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Thanks everyone!

This is somewhere to start. I've read about the melatonin so I will look into that. It's not bad now but by the sounds of it, it will probably get worse. I'm not rushing to the vet about this because it's not bothering Tucker. Thanks again! 

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Joe's picture

melatonin

we give our bullie 3 m/g twice aa day from labor day till 4/15 as per our vet and works great for gracie.

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Thanks Joe! So do you just

Thanks Joe!
So do you just buy regular adult melatonin in pill form?
Can you tell me which kind you use?
Thanks!

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Joe's picture

pill

Hey Katie, I have spring valley now.we have used other brands with the same results you can get it off the shelve at walmart or any drug store.gracie has had no hair loss in the 2 years we have used it. it won't make the dogs sleepy like it will in people.
good luck,Joe

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karonelaine's picture

Melation

I do give them this just for this reason. Loulou had it. I was told to give her 9mg a day.. But since I'm not at home to give her it I only do it Morning and night. it clear up hair grew back. If you think it's has something to do with allergy it's not. It is because they don't get enought sunshine like other dogs. Summer is just to hot. I would also give Bendryl for the allergy. I also throw in Fish oil. That will help the way his coat feels and help joints. At first you might think they sleep to much, they will get use to it and it doesn't bother them at all. Don't let your vet put him on any steroids. Sun is what he needs to stop the problem Melation will stop it. Calm Coat will help the hair grow back. With my Loulou I just did Melation.her hair grew back and we have not had this problem again. If you look up Gizmo Rick's dog. a couple of years ago he posted what he gave her and the pictures to show how the hair grew back.

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Karonelaine

Wow. This forum and site is

Wow. This forum and site is awesome. My boy is going through exactly the same thing. Now 11 years old, he has developed patchy hair thinning in spots over the past 6 months. My Vet also recommended melatonin, but I was doubting whether it would work. After reading these posts, I'm going to give it a shot!

Melation

Our Stella has this hair loss. She is currently nursing a litter of pups. Do you know if there is any problem giving her Melation or melatonin while she is still nursing the pups? Also, where would I purchase this product? thanks .

Melatonin to treat Alopacea

Does anyone know if its safe to give Melatonin to a nursing bitch or should we wait until the pups are weaned?

Alopacia

Stella's hair is back!! I didn't give her anything for it (only because she was still nursing pups and I wasn't sure what was safe), and her hair grew back in beautifully! Yay!