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Greetings all,

I have had a Doberman for about 3 months now and I have a question. His hair appears to be thinning out on his back from between his shoulder blades in a line down to his hips. Is this normal by chance or does it sound like something anyone knows anything about. He is 7 months old.
 

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If your dog is only seven months old, I doubt it is either a thyroid issue or CDA... both of these would typically be an issue in a fully adult dog.

He could have mange... a vet scraping would diagnose this.

He could be doing this to his own self. Is there somewhere he likes to park himself like under a coffee table or somewhere he would rub his back getting into? Does he slide into a down in a crate, with his back against the side of the crate? Does he spend time back scratching/wriggling on his back on an abrasive surface?

You're not using a Furminator for grooming, are you?
 

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If your dog is only seven months old, I doubt it is either a thyroid issue or CDA... both of these would typically be an issue in a fully adult dog.

He could have mange... a vet scraping would diagnose this.

He could be doing this to his own self. Is there somewhere he likes to park himself like under a coffee table or somewhere he would rub his back getting into? Does he slide into a down in a crate, with his back against the side of the crate? Does he spend time back scratching/wriggling on his back on an abrasive surface?

You're not using a Furminator for grooming, are you?
My blue girl's coat was noticeably thinning by about eight months old--she has CDA.

I do agree to rule out any parasites/skin conditions.
 
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Might sounds crazy but does he sleep/ lay/ roll on his back a lot? My boy (red) has less fur on his back (down his spine) because he is on his back more than his feet...

Of course consider this after you rule out any parasites or skin conditions...
 

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My dobe has the exact same symptom that you described. She had a very bad urinary tract infection - it was actually impacting her thyroid.
 

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No not really. He doesnt play on his back at all. I had been using an easy walk harness that strapped across the shoulder and had a clasp between the shoulder blades, but i can not explain how it goes all the way to the hips as the harness has no contact down there.
 

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He is black and tan.

Okay, I promise this is not meant to make you feel foolish--but are you certain he is black, and not a very dark blue?

I only ask because my Whisper is so dark blue that I'm constantly having to correct folks on her supposed color.

If he is indeed black, then it's not CDA, and you do need to have a vet rule out the thyroid or parasite issues.
 

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I will keep monitoring this, it doesnt appear to be getting worse, but it appearred somewhat suddenly. He does spend some time in a crate during the day but he doesnt appear to be doing anything in there that might aggravate the situation.
 

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I will keep monitoring this, it doesnt appear to be getting worse, but it appearred somewhat suddenly. He does spend some time in a crate during the day but he doesnt appear to be doing anything in there that might aggravate the situation.
I guess my question would be, if it's noticeable thinning, what do you stand to gain by "monitoring" this? What does your breeder suggest?

I'd personally rather go in and get the skin checked and any parasites ruled out/treated, before letting it progress any further.
 

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yeah, I am gonna do that. He has a vet appointment Wednesday for an unrelated matter, I will drop a question then, and book an appointment to follow. Thank you for your thoughts everybody.
 

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Could it possibly be a problem with his diet? If all else (thyroid, parasites, etc.) is ruled out by your vet then take a look at his food. Just a suggestion......
 

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Wyatt has had this for forever... nothing seemed to fix it no matter how much $$ we spent on specialists and testing... poor fella! Razzle has an awesome coat... and they're both red.
 

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Wyatt has had this for forever... nothing seemed to fix it no matter how much $$ we spent on specialists and testing... poor fella! Razzle has an awesome coat... and they're both red.
Cato had this and his coat is now terrific - switching him to raw food and then grinding his chicken, bones and all, and feeding it raw changed his coat when he couldn't digest bones anymore. It happened very quickly too - only took a few months. I had tried all sorts of coat products. His basically wasn't good on kibble. I admit I didn't go thru all the kibbles, just went to raw because it made sense to me at the time.
 
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Please have an urine culture done on your Dobe! I went through all the above suggestions - diet, skin irritations, etc, but the issue ended up being result of a UTI. The UTI was impacting the thryoid function (my Dobe also had a abnormal thryoid reading indicating secondary infection) which was causing the hair to thin and turn white along the backbone. I visited three vets before we found a solution.
 

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Thyroid is usely hair loss on the sides of Dobes not normally down the back but you never know but he is to young for thyroid i believe.My boy had thinning down the back when he was 10 months old and all my puppies did til they was 3 months.I put my boy on fish oil every day and he was ok.
 
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