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strange, please help, need advice

Our Doberman is a red 1yr 6month old female. About 2 wks ago I noticed a small patch of hair on her right shoulder was thinning out. She still has hair in that area, it's the red that's missing. The skin in that area is normal. There are no bumps, no irritation, no scratching or licking. It does not seem to bother her.

Took her to the vet and he did not believe she had any bacterial or fungal infection. He gave her some vitamins that have fish oil.

-she has no patches anywhere else.
-she is eating,drinking,poopling fine.
-I am thinking about changing her to blue buffalo food.

I'm just worried, not sure what to do. Any suggestions or advice would help.....thanks.
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Did they do a skin scrape? May check thyroid also- she's young but it's worth a check. Does she wear anything that would set on that area (coat, harness)? Did they pull hair for a fungal culture to make sure?


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Have you noticed her trying to chew or lick that area a lot? I'm not sure what it could be, but thinking out side the box, maybe she got too close to a candle or something and it fringed up there? I know that's a far out there idea, but she could have jumped before it burnt her skin, and the hair just fringed. It's odd because there's no red or any sign of a cut or infection. Has the area gotten bigger and spread, or has it stayed the same size since it appeared?



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no the vet did not do a scrap or pulled hair. He said that because her skin looked ok and there was no irritation he did not believe it was a bacterial or fungal infection.
She has not had a thyroid did done yet...im gonna check into that thank u. She does not wear anything in that area.
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She does not try to lick or chew that area at all, it doesnt even bother her. I have to say that it had gotten a little bit bigger but not by much. I did meaure it yesterday to see if it grows.
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Kind of an odd patch for thyroid. (But def get her checked) If you can take her to a dermatology specialist. They can do a scraping. Looks like folicular dysplasia.

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"Hair loss can mean impaired growth of new hair. It may involve the entire coat, or you may see patches of hair loss on certain parts of the body. In general, hair loss caused by hormonal diseases is symmetric (the same on both sides of the body), while that caused by parasites and other causes is asymmetric"
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Porter had two bald spots that started showing up later in his life. By the time he left us, the hair in those spots was completely gone. The skin was irritated or anything, it was actually smooth and soft. LOL He had a dermatology work-up at Penn, bloodwork including thyroid, all that jazz... The vet simply said that some large breed, short-haired dogs have idiopathic alopecia. Seemed like a cop-out answer at first, but nothing else ever showed up!
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I wonder why the vet didn't do a skin scrape.

Rou just got over his Demodex mites 2 weeks ago after 3-4 treatments.

I would have her reevaluated.. and as for thyroid, a panel wouldn't be a bad thing to check!
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-I am thinking about changing her to blue buffalo food.
Please look at the many lists and threads on food brands recommended and used by fellow DTers.

IMHO. (I may just be biased toward better brands)
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What is the texture of the lighter colored fur? Is it soft and undercoat-y or harsh like outercoat? If it is undercoat, does she have that much of it on the corresponding other side of her neck? I can't really tell if she has only lost dark hairs, or if dark hairs are being replaced with light...
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