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My 5 year old female has been having some hair loss behind her war on on her chest/belly. I took her to the vet and they tested her thyroid and said it was fine. From my research here it sounds like I should ask for the actual values to make sure it is not low normal. They did some skin scrapes which were normal. What else can I do to try and get her some help with this? The vet said it was some type of recessive gene causing alopecia.




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hi zeds...

My first question would be: Is this alopecia causing your girl discomfort or is it strictly cosmetic?

If it is simply cosmetic, you can relax and take your time figuring it out.

Speak from experience. Our senior was born with a serious congenital CV deformity.

Long story short: Over the years he developed hair loss. One of the obvious suggestions was hypothyroidism. Our vet did a blood panel, which came back negative. Still, he was not sure, so, he had a full panel done and sent it off for a specialist to interpret. It came back negative.

After a while it was tentatively diagnosed. The dog (now 10 happy and healthy) had been on Prednisone his entire life. It turns out that it was the Pred that was causing it.

Switched his steroid to a different one and was able to lower the dosage. His hair started grow back immediately. Came in red! Turned black after a while....

So.... You never know.

I personally would have another thyroid test done and have it reviewed by a specialist.

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Right now it is cosmetic but if it continues like this and she is bare it will turn into discomfort. Especially here in florida she probably cant be in the sun as much anymore. She is not on any drugs or medications
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Dermatologist would be a good consult for a diagnosis...now sure what area you are in .....I live in the Tampa Bay Area and found a good dermatologist ......Hoss’s skin issue resolved.....but I was also warned of the possibility of this condition.

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Did you run a full thyroid panel, or just the free T4? The full panel would need to be sent out to a lab like MSU (it's not run in-house at the vet).

Low-normal is sometimes too low, sometimes normal - it depends on your dog, and whether they are symptomic. Hair loss can be a symptom of low thyroid, but it could also be something else. Is she also gaining weight, lethargic? If a full panel showed her to be borderline low thyroid, some vets would be willing to try medicating to see if her symptoms improved. I'd discuss that with the vet.

Some dogs have thin hair. Could also be an environmental allergen that is causing a reaction. Could be she's licking when you don't see and thinning the hair (OCD type licking is non uncommon in the breed).

I wouldn't jump to thyroid as the cause, especially absent other thyroid symptoms.
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