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03-11-2006 08:26 PM  11 years agoPost 1
ctd - Mike (RIP)

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Maybe some one has had this happen. My dog is loseing his hair on his back and sides. Started a couple of weeks ago and no you can see it easy.
1) He is 2 years old a boxer.
2) In good health...not stressed, gets regular baths.
3) No table scraps (boxers get real gassy)
4) No other conditions noticed eats 2 cups in the morning and 2 at nite.
5) Cost me $150.00 for the vet tell me "I dont know".

Any one had this happen? any advice would be great....almost any advice

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03-11-2006 08:37 PM  11 years agoPost 2
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I would PM Dr. Ben. He is a vet.

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03-11-2006 08:47 PM  11 years agoPost 3
thermal

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I am not a vet but i have buddy with a lab that had the same problem i think he said his vet called it "mains" the dog had very dry skin the vet had him by special shampoo and some other moisture creme at any pet store. so that's were i would check first hope this helps

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03-11-2006 08:56 PM  11 years agoPost 4
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Not mains, you mean mange. One of my dogs got a bald spot on his belly, and I had my vet check it out, turns out he just has a bald spot, nothing to worry about. She said that mange is curable (Dunno how, he didn't have it), but that if it's mange, the edge of the bald spot will be red.

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03-11-2006 08:58 PM  11 years agoPost 5
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Ring worm is a possibility, one of my cats had that and lost little patches of fur here and there. Easy enough to take care of, special shampoo and some medicine.

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03-11-2006 09:01 PM  11 years agoPost 6
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Try changing his food. Sometimes dogs develop allergies to their food just like people and the hair is the first to go. Our Golden retriever had a simmilar condition and a change in diet was the cure. Just my 3 cents.

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03-11-2006 09:10 PM  11 years agoPost 7
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Sorry i said i wasn't a vet "mains"or"mange" what ever just tried to help

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03-11-2006 09:58 PM  11 years agoPost 8
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I used to work for a vet when I was younger. Your vet told you "I don't know" or did he offer more testing?
Multiple causes, not ringworm by the way. Mange is always a possibility, but for 150 bucks I hope your vet already ruled that out. Food allergies are high on the list, but unless you have changed his food? Spring is in the air and allergies will start popping up from things other than food. Allergy testing on dogs is expensive, (not compared to our heli nonsense).
Have you changed jobs, furniture, wifes.... sounds odd, but changes in your life cause dogs to stress and sometimes lead to weird hair loss and activity. Boxers are great dogs, but really really are prone to problems like this and I am only guessing.
Take him to another vet for a second opinion.
It will probably be worth it.

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03-11-2006 10:02 PM  11 years agoPost 9
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Sorry, missed something on your post. "gets regular baths"
If you do it, did you change shampoos or use a "human" version recently? If you use a groomer, check with them to see if they have changed their shampoos as well.

Trying to help?

Good Luck... this is frustrating for a lot of people.

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03-11-2006 10:29 PM  11 years agoPost 10
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Have you changed jobs, furniture, wifes.... sounds odd, but changes in your life cause dogs to stress and sometimes lead to weird hair loss and activity. Boxers are great dogs, but really really are prone to problems like this and I am only guessing.
Thats a possible just moved to a new home lots of changes there. I have not seen any displaid changes in him though....besides the hair thing.
"gets regular baths"
I bathe him no change there.
Mange is always a possibility, but for 150 bucks I hope your vet already ruled that out
No mange....but the move sounds like a possible.

The vet also said I bathe to often...Once a month could this be true? A big dog can get a big stink if you know what I mean

Thanks everyone

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03-11-2006 10:44 PM  11 years agoPost 11
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Yes, bathing every month is too frequent. Remember that it is the natural oils in a dogs coat that offers the protection to his skin. Also, their skin can be sensitive to over exposure to soaps etc.
Other thing is temperature, it can do wierd things to dogs. They are designed to go from winter coat to summer coat, that's it. If you have your dog in the house all winter, it can really confuse his bio-system. We let our dog in the house, but he sleeps outside in a kennel which is thermostatically controlled to 15 degrees. we find this helps his coat, his general health and he sheds far less of his coat until season change.

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03-11-2006 11:22 PM  11 years agoPost 12
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Its interesting this got posted today. I took my 9 month old black lab to the vet today to get her boosters and to see if there was anything we can do about her hair loss.

She's basically just shedding ... losing her winter coat ... nothing patch wise like you suggest is happening with your pup. I bet yours is stressed out. Of course the solution to my problem is the most expensive food at the pet store and daily grooming.

You may not recognize it but if its just gone through a big change (like a new house / surroundings) your dog is going through a ton of stress.

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03-11-2006 11:50 PM  11 years agoPost 13
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You may not recognize it but if its just gone through a big change (like a new house / surroundings) your dog is going through a ton of stress.
You are prob correct kinda surpriseing though with as much attention I give him....time will tell..
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03-12-2006 01:59 AM  11 years agoPost 14
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Did you dog get clipped recently?

I have a golden retriever that has lost MASSIVE amounts of hair in the last 3 weeks. I'm not talking about shedding about talking about LOOSING. I can only imagine that his hormone activity is changing having been neutered but GEEZ, that's a whole lotta hair.


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03-12-2006 02:23 AM  11 years agoPost 15
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I also have a boxer with the very same thing. She is now 7 and has had it for a few years. It is a thyroid condition and is very comon in the boxer breed. It is called hypothyroidism. Throw it in google and do a search. You'll find all the info you ever wanted to know about it.

It starts out by a small patch of hair tuning a different color and then it all falls out. It grows back in about a month or so. There is medication that your vet (possibly may want to find a new vet if he had no idea what the problem was) could help you determine which one is best for your dog. Good luck.

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