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Dog loosing hair around tail and has litter red spots and scratches

by Rosy
(Chicago)

For some reason my dog's hair has started to fall off dramatically, it is to the point were he is left with bald spots. but this is only happening on his back end, mostly on the tail. he also has these little red spots on his tail, and he scratches a lot. i was wondering if u have any idea what is happening to my dog?


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Hi Rosy,

Sorry to hear about your dog's problem.

One possible cause could be fleas. Fleas can be very irritating to dogs, and they often tend to chew very aggressively the areas where the fleas are.

This can result in hair loss, and the little red spots are little from flea bites.

The best thing is to see a vet to confirm this condition.

If it is fleas, you need to treat your dog and the environment. Most of the problem you don't see. All the flea eggs and larve on in the environment and carpet.

So you need to be aware of this when you talk to your vet.

Thanks,

Dr. Chris

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May 01, 2011
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question need help
by: Anonymous

i have a cocker femail and she is looseing hair around her tail actually under her tail and now it is starting to go down her butt area it is grayish in skin color she is black she has begun having behavioral problems and jumping on cabneits and knocking down food eating human food is like a drug to her i try to keep her from it but she seems to be smarter than me :( her coat has always been shinny but is now becoming dry and frizzy is this a skin issue or nerves pleased help

Aug 05, 2010
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mange
by: Anonymous

to the comment above about the dog having scaley skin and loosing most of it's hair....sounds like sarcoptic mange...or it could be an infection on the skin...ask the doc to do a round of antibiotics, do a fungal scraping to look at it under the scope, try miconazole shampoo......if it's mange, they'll bath and dip a few times until it goes away. i would bet money it's mange..sometimes you can't see it under a scope but it's still mange....none of these are reasons to put your dog down...he or she just requires extra attention. if it is mange...read up on the net on how to avoid getting it yourself. sarcoptic mange is zoonotic and can transfer to humans. not life threatening..just itchy and inconvenient as it is hard to rid.

Dec 09, 2009
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losing hair
by: Roxan

the same thing is happening to my dog and he's losing hair on his butt.

Dec 30, 2008
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poor dog
by: Anonymous

my dog has lots 98 percent of her hair, the skin is scaling, and coming off in sheets. and her stool is runny and greasy looking. It is getting to the point that i'm going to have to have her put down. and the vets, I don't think know what the hell they are doing. it has been over 4 years and they can't come up with a damned thing that can help and my dog just keeps suffering.

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Pityriasis versicolor
by: Anonymous

Pityriasis versicolor

I think dogs can get Pityriasis versicolor. It is a skin condition caused by infection of the dead outer layer of skin cells with a fungus. This leads to lighter areas of skin with less pigmentation.

Treatment is usually with a topical antifungal cream in humans and the light areas return to their normal pigmentation after the skin layers are shed and new cells come to the surface

Feb 14, 2008
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Pityriasis versicolor
by: Rhonda

Can dogs have Pityriasis versicolor?

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