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    Thanks!So miss daisy has a couple of bald spots. I've never seen anything like this so I thought I would ask around. I started seeing them when she got her. Last round of shots so I thought it was an allergic reaction, but they haven't gone away. They haven't gotten worse either. Any ideas? I should also say, the spots r in weird places. One on the back of her neck, one on her knee, and one on the side of her face. She itched at the one on her knee a few times but that's it. Never seen her scratch the other two and if I touch them she doesn't care. Attachment 28119Attachment 28120Attachment 28121

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    Also, the fur around them isn't really brown, it's just the poor lighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessport View Post
    Also, the fur around them isn't really brown, it's just the poor lighting.
    I cant see the pics, but it could possibly be mange, especially if on the side of the face. Is the skin there still pink, but sort of spotted like in the pores?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    I cant see the pics, but it could possibly be mange, especially if on the side of the face. Is the skin there still pink, but sort of spotted like in the pores?
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    I was able to click the attachments to view, and mange is the first thing that came to my mind as well. Especially picture #2. Just a big bald pink spot. Either way, you will probably need to go to the vet and have a skin scrape done just to rule it out. If it is not mange, we can look at food or environmental allergies as a possible culprit.

    I will tag a couple I know have dealt with mange to see what they think.

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    I would suggest getting tested for mange also. When an immunity system is upset..by leaving the mother, being rehomed, anything that may cause the pup to be unwell...can trigger mange. Every puppy has the potential for it. Usually their immune system is healthy enough to fight it off.
    Vegas had weird random bald spots also. Almost like I dropped bleach on him. This happened when he was about 6 months old.

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    Nearly all dogs acquire mange mites from their mother during the first few days of life. These mites are considered normal skin fauna when present in small numbers. They produce disease only when an abnormal immune system allows their numbers to get out of control. This occurs primarily in puppies and in adult dogs with lowered immunity. A high incidence of mange in certain bloodlines suggests that some purebred dogs are born with an inherited immune susceptibility.

    This disease occurs in dogs under 1 year of age. The appearance of the skin is similar to that of ringworm. The principal sign is thinning hair around the eyelids, lips, and corners of the mouth, and occasionally on the trunk, the legs, and the feet. The thinning progresses to patches of ragged hair loss about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. In some cases the skin becomes red, scaly, and infected.

    Localized mange usually heals spontaneously in six to eight weeks, but may wax and wane for several months. If more than five patches are present, the disease could be progressing to the generalized form. This occurs in approximately 10 percent of cases.

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    First thought mange as well. If it is, then it's better to get it treated asap as ointments may be the only meds needed. If you wait too long then it may get expensive.
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    Thanks so much for the replies! After reading up on it, I am thinking mange. Baby girl is 5 months tomorrow. Calling the vet today, thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessport View Post
    Thanks so much for the replies! After reading up on it, I am thinking mange. Baby girl is 5 months tomorrow. Calling the vet today, thanks again!
    Make sure your vet does a scrape. Right now since there are only a few spots, you should be OK, but look through her fur daily you might continue to find more spots - keep an eye on them. If it is mange, show the new spots to your vet every time you visit so they can be scraped as well. If you only go with topical treatments on the spots you see, then you wont treat the ones you don't see. There shouldnt be more than 5 or 6 spots usually.

    In the meantime, you will want to start looking up how to boost her immune system (something has compromised it and she cant fight off the mites) - that will help her to fight the mange internally.

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    The last time we went to the vet, we left at 11 @ night. On our way, we almost hit a bull elk (huge animals if u've never seen one). I had to slam on the brakes and daisy fell off the back seat and hit the metal brackets that hold the front seat down. Come to find out (with an xray) she chipped the tip of her back knee joint. She is fine now and walking and using her leg normally. I am wondering if this is the reason her immune system wasn't up to par? She has an appt. With her vet on Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessport View Post
    The last time we went to the vet, we left at 11 @ night. On our way, we almost hit a bull elk (huge animals if u've never seen one). I had to slam on the brakes and daisy fell off the back seat and hit the metal brackets that hold the front seat down. Come to find out (with an xray) she chipped the tip of her back knee joint. She is fine now and walking and using her leg normally. I am wondering if this is the reason her immune system wasn't up to par? She has an appt. With her vet on Tuesday.
    Could be since I'm sure that was stressful for her. Has she had any recent vaccinations or did she have any medication (like antibiotics)? Also, hormones have a big part in it.

    I forgot to mention living in a stress free environment also helps the immune system to recover - so you're gonna have to spoil her to death

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    After researching mange, I found a site that claims vet prescrips cause dogs to get really sick. It claimed different ways to cure mange at home. Does anyone know if the scrips r that bad? Will she get really sick from them? One suggestion was apple cidar vinegar. Also, where would I start looking for info to boost her immune system? Just don't want to get the wrong info. Thanks!

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