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    So Ginger is 7 months old now. Has been quite healthy up until now. We've noticed some round bald spots. One under her neck, which is the biggest one (about a half a dollar size), and two on her back (dime size). They look a little red, but not real bad. Not scabbed or anything. The biggest symptom of them is the hair missing. None of our other dogs have any symptoms so I don't think it's contagious to them. My husband said he noticed one of them a few weeks ago but it didn't look like much to alarm him. Ugh wish he would have told me!! They aren't easy to find, the rest of her fur kind of covers them up. Calling the vet in the morning, but curious what all of you thought. I know they can have a lot of allergy issues. But nothing new to her diet. My poor baby. :crying:

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    It could be mange from what you describe, a skin scrape at the vet is needed. Please let us know what the vet says and I think you need a hug


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    Default Re: Found some bald spots on Ginger

    My Usko had small bold spots at that age too and without doing any scrapes the vet diagnosed them as demodex. Only thing we did was switched him to raw food and they were cured in about 2 months.

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    Default Re: Found some bald spots on Ginger

    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersmom View Post
    So Ginger is 7 months old now. Has been quite healthy up until now. We've noticed some round bald spots. One under her neck, which is the biggest one (about a half a dollar size), and two on her back (dime size). They look a little red, but not real bad. Not scabbed or anything. The biggest symptom of them is the hair missing. None of our other dogs have any symptoms so I don't think it's contagious to them. My husband said he noticed one of them a few weeks ago but it didn't look like much to alarm him. Ugh wish he would have told me!! They aren't easy to find, the rest of her fur kind of covers them up. Calling the vet in the morning, but curious what all of you thought. I know they can have a lot of allergy issues. But nothing new to her diet. My poor baby. :crying:
    I agree a skin scraping is in order from the vet. It could be nothing but if its mange you want to attack it now! I would try adding some yogurt 1tbsp plain yougurt to her dinner or breakfast. If itss mange you need some probitoticss in her diet. Pleae keep us psoted
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    Ok, so we are back from the vet! She comes in and says it can be a few things. Ringworm, demodex, or scabies. Ick all the way! But they did a skin scraping and a test for ringworm. The ringworm test I guess can take up to 10 days, so we won't have those back for a while. However she did see the demodex mites in the scraping, so she feels very confident that's what it is. They have put her on a medication that I give her once a day for solid month.

    Thanks for all the advice and support, I will go ahead and pick up some plain yogurt to put in her meals. I think that's a good idea. My poor baby I felt so bad for her. She was so excited to be at the vets until after the scraping, then it was like I don't like you people so much anymore!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersmom View Post
    Ok, so we are back from the vet! She comes in and says it can be a few things. Ringworm, demodex, or scabies. Ick all the way! But they did a skin scraping and a test for ringworm. The ringworm test I guess can take up to 10 days, so we won't have those back for a while. However she did see the demodex mites in the scraping, so she feels very confident that's what it is. They have put her on a medication that I give her once a day for solid month.

    Thanks for all the advice and support, I will go ahead and pick up some plain yogurt to put in her meals. I think that's a good idea. My poor baby I felt so bad for her. She was so excited to be at the vets until after the scraping, then it was like I don't like you people so much anymore!!
    Awwww poor baby!! She'll recover just fine. You want to do things to help boost her immune system - that will help her fight it off as well.

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    Bacon has the same thing on his back, they diagnosed it as staff and gave us a shampoo for him. We used it three weeks and it didn't fix anything so now he is on antibiotics, check between her toes Bacon had redness in between his toes too.

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    I she gets better soon give her a for me

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    we noticed a small bald spot on Lola quite a while ago and it progressed to chin acne and itchy paws and a chicken allergy. might be the start of an allergy. if your pup has eaten chicken forever, cut it out of the diet and they might go away? just my experience . good luck

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    I am still concerned about allergies, since they are known for such skin issues. We feed her a grain free dry diet that has turkey. Then we mix in some grain free wet food that is chicken. So if this doesn't clear up with the medication might have to look at diet for sure. Anything else besides yogurt that I can do to help boost her immune system?

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    Default Re: Found some bald spots on Ginger

    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersmom View Post
    I am still concerned about allergies, since they are known for such skin issues. We feed her a grain free dry diet that has turkey. Then we mix in some grain free wet food that is chicken. So if this doesn't clear up with the medication might have to look at diet for sure. Anything else besides yogurt that I can do to help boost her immune system?
    I'd cut out all poultry as well and yes, put her on a good, daily probiotic.

    Brutus had small bare spots and thinning hair all down his back and sores.

    After several foods, I settled on Avoderm's Red Meat Meal w/Potatoes.
    Grain free...had some guests this week who'd known him from former
    owner could not believe the health of his coat and also noticed much less
    allergy symptoms. He's been on it 3 months...found at Petsmart & other
    pet stores and about $48 per 35 lbs but very concentrated so lasts awhile.

    Many bullies here do great on Fromm's Beef Frittata, I believe it has to be
    ordered from Internet but not certain of this fact. If Avoderm hadn't worked
    so well for Brutus, Fromm's would've been next to try! Note...it takes about
    3 months to transition and stay on new food to really ascertain it's effects,
    good or bad.

    Avoid grains in other ways & in other things such as avoiding OATMEAL shampoos.

    Good luck, you'll find the right food and she will thrive...remember to slowly
    change the foods over as you transition her.


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    Default Re: Found some bald spots on Ginger

    if the vet saw the mites then that would probably be the cause of the bald spots but that does not mean that a better diet would not help speed the healing or help with not having them overtake the immune system again. i would think about maybe a people probiotic and i think vit c and green tea is supposed to boost the immune system to. i think some people used neem oil on the fur to kill the mites. also what food are you feeding and what canned food? some bullies dont do well with bird as in chicken turkey and such. each bully seems to have a protein or two they do best on. good luck

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