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    I started to notice Gino has a some small (dime to penny sized) bald spots on his spine area. At first I thought it was due to his harness because they looked to be around where his harness is.. so i figured whenever his harness was pulled for whatever reason it would snatch on his fur and pull them out. But I come to believe that's not the case any more.

    Plus I notice he is shedding A LOT more and has dandruff now. Per a friend's recommendation, I started to use the FurMinator brush on him and I brush out a good amount of fur with it when I do brush him every couple of days. Even after brushing him he sheds a lot within that day. Is it normal that I can punch some fur, pull slightly, and be able to pull a pinchfull of fur out?

    He only showers every two weeks with oatmeal based shampoo. He's on Fromms Beef and Veg.

    Any ideas what his bald spots are from, or recommendations for the dandruff?
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    Dudley was shedding like crazy and had a ton of dandruff. I started giving him wild salmon oil and it's sooooo much better. His dandruff is pretty much gone and he's not shedding much at all. Maybe it would help.

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    Could be demodectic mange?

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    I would go have have a skin scrape done to rule out mites and mange! It could be allergy related! Brutus had that after his hives developed staph infection. We used Maloseb wash and it cleared up quick! The shampoo is the best thing ever for bullies!!! A skin scrape would be the first start and then take it from there!

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    Awe man poor baby!

    It could be mites/ mange, allergies, ringworm, staph or fioliculitis. There us so many possibilities. The vet will scrape the skin if he thinks its necessary to rule out mange/mites. Does it itch?


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    The salmon oil should help with the dry skin, but the bald spots could be mange mites. I would let a vet take a look at him.
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    Agree with all the others, have the vet take a look, many possiblities -- staph, mites, mange, etc
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    Thank everyone for the responses..

    I took him to the vet yesterday. THe vet did do a skin scrape and said negative for mites. He didn't give me a definite reason as to why he has bald spots and dandruff. He gave me a anti-septic shampoo to use every 3 days. States that the dandruff is very mild and that his shedding is normal for Gino being 6months and the season. Told me to monitor to see if theres improvement or not. He didn't want to send me home with antibiotic or medication at this point.


    So i'll give the anti-septic wash a try and look into salmon oil. However, I noticed Gino didn't do well with Blue Buffalo's Salmon kibble (his chin became so red and raw), so I'm kind of hesitant to give him Salmon oil.

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    as far as itching, he doesnt seem to be itch on his back. Maybe every other day he'll roll onto his back and bark but its very rare he does.
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    We received a diagnosis of Red Mange (Demodectic). However, I'm not convinced that's what it is. Of all the research I've done, no images or descriptions match the symptoms of our girl. Also, if all dogs have these mites, how can a skin scrape diagnose it? She has hair loss, but it appears to be only her undercoat as it is only underneath that's balding but there is quite a bit of hair still there. She LOVES to be outside and we're here in Florida so it's hot. All of our dogs live in the house, they go outside several times a day for play and potty time. The run outside is covered with a sun shade so she's not directly in the sun. She is a very happy and playful baby but has been stressed lately with a new litter and another new baby in the house. The skin is not reddened at all but looks like there are some 'pimples' or bites. No itching, no spots anywhere else. Usually it starts around their paws and eyes and it's not that way on her. It's on her back starting between her two front shoulders. The vet sold us Mitaban (at $50 for 2 dips worth) but I DO NOT want to use it because of its toxic effects and she's only 9 months old. So, we started with an organic apple cider vinegar poured over her and rubbed in, followed by a Neem Oil Shampoo and finished off with Neem Oil and Coconut Oil (topically). We have also used Nu-Stock but it stinks really bad - great results though!

    We do breed dogs and I am just under the impression that our vet gave this diagnosis for us to have her fixed there (to make up for the $$ we didn't spend there for the c-section) and convince us not to breed her (he was irritated with us that we didn't bring our other female to him for her recent c-section)....#probablychangingvets

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    One of our boys looked like this and we put Nu-Stock on him and it went away. Also bathed with SelsunBlue but you can use Head & Shoulders as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandymae7 View Post
    We received a diagnosis of Red Mange (Demodectic). However, I'm not convinced that's what it is. Of all the research I've done, no images or descriptions match the symptoms of our girl. Also, if all dogs have these mites, how can a skin scrape diagnose it? She has hair loss, but it appears to be only her undercoat as it is only underneath that's balding but there is quite a bit of hair still there. She LOVES to be outside and we're here in Florida so it's hot. All of our dogs live in the house, they go outside several times a day for play and potty time. The run outside is covered with a sun shade so she's not directly in the sun. She is a very happy and playful baby but has been stressed lately with a new litter and another new baby in the house. The skin is not reddened at all but looks like there are some 'pimples' or bites. No itching, no spots anywhere else. Usually it starts around their paws and eyes and it's not that way on her. It's on her back starting between her two front shoulders. The vet sold us Mitaban (at $50 for 2 dips worth) but I DO NOT want to use it because of its toxic effects and she's only 9 months old. So, we started with an organic apple cider vinegar poured over her and rubbed in, followed by a Neem Oil Shampoo and finished off with Neem Oil and Coconut Oil (topically). We have also used Nu-Stock but it stinks really bad - great results though!

    We do breed dogs and I am just under the impression that our vet gave this diagnosis for us to have her fixed there (to make up for the $$ we didn't spend there for the c-section) and convince us not to breed her (he was irritated with us that we didn't bring our other female to him for her recent c-section)....#probablychangingvets
    Oh Wow! Sheldon had red mange and we use the dip just like the vet said only our vet told us to get one of those ten dollar sprayers at Lowes and use it to for the dip it makes the dip last longer but this last time we took him in for the hair loss on some places they did a scraping and it came back negative for mites and the vet said he doubted it was allergy related but I thought it was. I started giving him Salmon oil on his food and the hair regrew in his bald spots and now he has no bald spots. The mites have to do with their immune system. That is why they get them more as puppies because their immune systems aren't as strong as it is as adults as adults their immune systems get stronger and are able to fight off the mites better.

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