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    So I noticed this past weekend that Mac Daddy's fur was thinning in a few spots on his hind quarters/belly area. It just seems to the thinning on the dark part of his brindle coloring, he doesn't scratch at it all or if I touch the thinning spots it doesn't bother him at all/no bumps/no irritation. He has been just as active as usual, eats and poops like a champ sometimes I am almost impressed about what comes out the little guy. The weather has been warming up here in Texas so my dad thought about he was shedding a little for the summer weather but he is a inside dog and it only on certain spots but it seems to be spreading also. I have made a appointment with the VET for Saturday but I figured I ask if anyone has had the same issues.

    Do bulldogs change colors as they get older?
    Allergies?
    more serious issues?
    any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlambe View Post
    So I noticed this past weekend that Mac Daddy's fur was thinning in a few spots on his hind quarters/belly area. It just seems to the thinning on the dark part of his brindle coloring, he doesn't scratch at it all or if I touch the thinning spots it doesn't bother him at all/no bumps/no irritation. He has been just as active as usual, eats and poops like a champ sometimes I am almost impressed about what comes out the little guy. The weather has been warming up here in Texas so my dad thought about he was shedding a little for the summer weather but he is a inside dog and it only on certain spots but it seems to be spreading also. I have made a appointment with the VET for Saturday but I figured I ask if anyone has had the same issues.

    Do bulldogs change colors as they get older?
    Allergies?
    more serious issues?
    any ideas?
    -img_0962-jpg-img_0963-jpg

    Hey fellow Texan, Yes! Bulldogs color can change as they get older. I went through it with Tyson - they can get lighter, darker, gain freckles, lose them, etc. From the pics you posted, it really looks like Seasonal Flank Alopecia, it doesn't bother them at all and I know that several members have used Melatonin for this with great results. Your vet can confirm for sure - I would have them just do a skin scrape to make sure it's not mange or mites. Is it only on his body? I don't think it sounds serious, Tyson goes through spells of thin hair too when he blows his coat, but it does eventually grow back Mack Daddy is a good looking boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Hey fellow Texan, Yes! Bulldogs color can change as they get older. I went through it with Tyson - they can get lighter, darker, gain freckles, lose them, etc. From the pics you posted, it really looks like Seasonal Flank Alopecia, it doesn't bother them at all and I know that several members have used Melatonin for this with great results. Your vet can confirm for sure - I would have them just do a skin scrape to make sure it's not mange or mites. Is it only on his body? I don't think it sounds serious, Tyson goes through spells of thin hair too when he blows his coat, but it does eventually grow back Mack Daddy is a good looking boy
    Thanks for the information, I am not to terribly worried about it since he isn't scratching at it but it has spread since last weekend and only dark part of his fur. There is another spot on the other side but it just the same, I figured it better to be safe then sorry and have the vet check him out.

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    One of my dogs is the same color as Mack. Year before last she had seasonal flank alopecia. The skin on both sides turned black, and she lost the hair in those areas. Eventually the hair grew back on one side, but not the other. The year before that, my Frenchie had it, and all her hair grew back. This year, Martha has it-her skin on both sides turned black-but no hair coming off (yet) All through this winter, I gave them melatonin-I think that is why Martha's hair is not coming out. The melatonin did not seem to grow hair back-but giving melatonin in winter seems to help when "the alopecia season" kicks in.
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    So I did a little research on seasonal flank alopecia and it sounds exactly like this, I haven'y been giving him any fish oil pills so I will start him on that and also I have read that you can give melatonin to help out. My question is, is it the same melatonin that we take or is there a dog version? And how much do I need to give? He is a big boy at 70lbs so I would say he is a large EB.

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    @Jlambe I have been giving regular melatonin-1 at night(in the yogurt) before bed. 3to 5 mg, for piggie sized girls! I have just bought it at the Dollar Store.Some places do have doggie melatonin, it just has more "herbs" added.
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    agree... it looks like SFA
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    agree... it looks like SFA
    do yall believe I should cancel my vet appointment and give the melatonin and fish oil pills a shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlambe View Post
    do yall believe I should cancel my vet appointment and give the melatonin and fish oil pills a shot?
    I would still go to vet to confirm and ensure not mange or something else. The pics and description tell me SFA, but always good to confirm
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    I would still go to vet to confirm and ensure not mange or something else. The pics and description tell me SFA, but always good to confirm

    Alright, I'll let yall know after the VET visit, thanks for all the help

    I am ready to get my kiddo all healthy again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlambe View Post
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    What a great picture.... look at that smile!
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    Alright, I'll let yall know after the VET visit, thanks for all the help

    I am ready to get my kiddo all healthy again
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    Love the pics! What a sweet boy Give him lots of hugs

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