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    My vet and I think she has Seasonal Flank Alopecia. She had an area of hair loss about the size of a quarter(red underneath). It doesnt look like ring worm and it doesnt stink. Negative under a wood lamp. Now 4 weeks after the original spot it seem to be thinning out in other spot in the area. This is only on one side(flank). I have seen others mention Melotonin as a replacement for sunlight. My vet mentioned it too but more as being proactive for next year. Can I just goto Target and get the 3mg tablets that people use as a sleeping aid?-dsc_0047-jpg-dsc_0048-jpg

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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    Lola had bald spots that werent alopecia (usually is black skin underneath) but more food allergy related. We did try the melatonin human pills but all i could find were mint flavored and Lola wanted no part of those. So we ended up changing foods. Moved off of beef and added some salmon, which I think was the key in growing the hair back. She had HUGE bald spots on her left flank, I thought the hair would never grow back. But it did. Tried to switch to salmon exclusively, but it gave Lola hives. After the hair grew back, we feed boar and bison raw patties. She was bald for about 8 months I'd say. never itchy, never wet.

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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    Our BeBe got it once when she was 5 years old. We didn't do anything for her. Our vet said we could give the Melotonin, but we never did. Her hair did grow back, but it took awhile to do so. I'm not sure about the one on the shelf, but I would think it would be the same. I will take Henny @cali baker who should know.
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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    Quote Originally Posted by chemist View Post
    My vet and I think she has Seasonal Flank Alopecia. She had an area of hair loss about the size of a quarter(red underneath). It doesnt look like ring worm and it doesnt stink. Negative under a wood lamp. Now 4 weeks after the original spot it seem to be thinning out in other spot in the area. This is only on one side(flank). I have seen others mention Melotonin as a replacement for sunlight. My vet mentioned it too but more as being proactive for next year. Can I just goto Target and get the 3mg tablets that people use as a sleeping aid?-dsc_0047-jpg-dsc_0048-jpg
    Yes, you can get the same melatonin that you find OTC at the store.




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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    Our Bella would get this as well, but it was more a thinning of the hair on both sides of her. It never got red or anything… I would give her benadryl on her really bad days, but honestly as soon as the weather change was over her hair would come back.

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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    It looks a little red and irritated, which is something you usually don't see with SFA, I would also try benedryl as it looks like a rash toward the shoulder.


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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    Quote Originally Posted by chemist View Post
    My vet and I think she has Seasonal Flank Alopecia. She had an area of hair loss about the size of a quarter(red underneath). It doesnt look like ring worm and it doesnt stink. Negative under a wood lamp. Now 4 weeks after the original spot it seem to be thinning out in other spot in the area. This is only on one side(flank). I have seen others mention Melotonin as a replacement for sunlight. My vet mentioned it too but more as being proactive for next year. Can I just goto Target and get the 3mg tablets that people use as a sleeping aid?-dsc_0047-jpg-dsc_0048-jpg

    I did not realize alopecia started out like this... alwasy though it was 'black' spot. interesting
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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    I thought that with seasonal alopecia skin is black underneath. Are you sure it's not something else?

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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    One of mine(Carlie) had seasonal alopecia three years ago. she had it on both her sides. Hair loss and black skin.I didn't give her anything. It took about a year for all her hair to grow back. This year Maude has it-on both sides. Hair loss and black skin. All the hair has grown back on one side-and no sign of hair on the other. I have been giving her melatonin-doesn't seem to matter. What is on your dog @chemist does not look like SA. It looks more like dry skin or allergy.
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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    My boys both have flank allopecia..their skin is black where the hair loss is..fatso gets it every year and his hair grows back fine..Romeo got it last year and his only grew back on one side..I have been using the melotonin pills since late June and have not seen a noticeable difference..I also have changed to a grain free diet and have been using coconut oil..hoping something will work..am going to try nu vet next
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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    Kelp powder could help.

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    Default Re: Need help with Seasonal alopecia.

    Hollys SFA is black underneath as well. We give her 10mg of melatonin per our vet and we get it at our local CVS. The pic above looks more like an allergy to me but I am by no means an expert.


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