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Seasonal Flank Alopecia

Quincy has seasonal flank alopecia. started last year as winter set in. This year back and a little worse. Some thinning patches on both sides.. Q is self conscious about it still.. he will only be seen out in public with a jacket on.

Read somewhere it could be related to lack of sunshine. Great. We live in the dark winter cloudy hinterlands.
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Tell Q-Man the young dober ladies, love a man without a huge/inflated ego and a few insecurities, on their primal body parts.
- e-harmony for dogs say: minor flaws can be a total attraction of vulnerability

Like the ENGLISH would say - "what a wanker" // I say "what a flanker, Quincy"...LOL

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Tell Q-Man the young dober ladies, love a man without a huge/inflated ego and a few insecurities, on their primal body parts.
- e-harmony for dogs say: minor flaws can be a total attraction of vulnerability

Like the ENGLISH would say - "what a wanker" // I say "what a flanker, Quincy"...LOL

Quincy's fine with that.. he says, though "call me "Patches", you die"
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That sounds like what Tali has too! Except her skin isn't darkened in the area of hair loss and it is most definitely not related to lack of sunshine. She has it year round and we spend a ton of time outdoors in the summer sun. I had her thyroid tested twice over 6-months thinking maybe that was the problem, but she checks out perfectly healthy...just a thinning patch of fur on either side.




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That sounds like what Tali has too! Except her skin isn't darkened in the area of hair loss and it is most definitely not related to lack of sunshine. She has it year round and we spend a ton of time outdoors in the summer sun. I had her thyroid tested twice over 6-months thinking maybe that was the problem, but she checks out perfectly healthy...just a thinning patch of fur on either side.
I think there are various forms of alopecia. Vet called ours Seasonal Flank Alopecia. Q is glad one of his girlfriends is spotty too
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Yep, she's a little spotty too. LOL One flank has a noticeably larger area of thinned out fur, the other side has a smaller area. I thought maybe she was licking it and causing it but I've never seen her obsessively lick anything. Fiona is my obsessive licker; luckily she doesn't lick herself much. Unfortunately she does lick furniture.

If you get it figured out for sure I'd be interested to know what it is. Tali's may not be the same kind of alopecia but still good to know.




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Yep, she's a little spotty too. LOL One flank has a noticeably larger area of thinned out fur, the other side has a smaller area. I thought maybe she was licking it and causing it but I've never seen her obsessively lick anything. Fiona is my obsessive licker; luckily she doesn't lick herself much. Unfortunately she does lick furniture.

If you get it figured out for sure I'd be interested to know what it is. Tali's may not be the same kind of alopecia but still good to know.
well we know its not due to his hypothyroidism. and it goes away in summer.
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A friend of mine's dobe was diagnosed with this in the fall. The vet prescribed Melatonin but we haven't noticed a difference yet.

Dog is an Eddie grand daughter; any Eddie close up in other's pedigree?
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A bitch I bred has this also - she will be 3 next month. It is a small spot on each side. My owner uses some cream on it and that helps.... it goes away every year. The skin stays black and it is not easy to see unless you are looking for it. Just strange!

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A friend of mine's dobe was diagnosed with this in the fall. The vet prescribed Melatonin but we haven't noticed a difference yet.

Dog is an Eddie grand daughter; any Eddie close up in other's pedigree?
Tali is an Eddie granddaughter, too, sire's side. But that's the only place he shows up.

ETA...Just musing "aloud" sort-of because I don't think her's is the same thing anyway because the skin isn't dark and it's not seasonal.




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I just saw another bitch with this yesterday. Owner said it had just got visible enough to notice. The skin did not look dark on it either. In fact, on both dogs, it looks light. 2nd bitch has no Eddie btw.
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