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Hannah's fur has been thinning a bit as she ages, but she has now, quite suddenly, developed a bald patch on her muzzle.

The skin is not itrritated, no swelling or change in the skin texture - just no hair all of a sudden.

She doesn't like me to touch the bald spot, but gives no indication that it hurts - just that she's annoyed.

 

Internet searches come up with mites or allergies, but there is no indication of either,

SHe doesn't seem to be sick, just balding from the nose in.

 

Any input from those with experience gratefully accepted

 

Thanks

Tena

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Since it's Hannah, I'd be wondering what she's been sticking her nose into...:devil

 

Hope someone has a more useful idea.

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Hannah's fur has been thinning a bit as she ages, but she has now, quite suddenly, developed a bald patch on her muzzle.

The skin is not itrritated, no swelling or change in the skin texture - just no hair all of a sudden.

She doesn't like me to touch the bald spot, but gives no indication that it hurts - just that she's annoyed.

 

Internet searches come up with mites or allergies, but there is no indication of either,

SHe doesn't seem to be sick, just balding from the nose in.

 

Any input from those with experience gratefully accepted

 

Thanks

Tena

 

Have you changed her food bowl or water bowl lately? I remember reading somewhere (don't remember if it is a reliable source though) that plastic bowls can cause some dogs to lose fur around their muzzle.

 

Jane

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Some strange presentation of something like thyroid or adrenal malfunction? Skin allergies are normally itchy. A vitamin or mineral deficiency? Just throwing out ideas.

 

Currently have a 20 mo old Deerhound mix who showed up with a bald patch for no reason. Then another cropped up & another. The first were up on her legs. Next was one on top of her head. Started as bald patch, then skin turned red & only then did the itching start. The itching was from secondary infection. Skin scrapings showed the bald patches are coming from demodex mites. There seems to be something going wrong with her immune system but bloodwork, including thyroid panel, are normal. Ivermectin is starting to work. Hopefully it will finish clearing up without a repeat. Likely not your dog's problem though.

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