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    Hi all! We've been back and forth with the vet and I think I narrowed it down to allergies (I think..). It started this year around March. I noticed her hair randomly will fall out in small clumps. She's doesn't seem like she's in pain but will clinch if you touch or come close to touching the spots. I have noticed she will gnaw on her paw every now and then. We have taken her to the vet twice.. The first visit they tested her thyroids thinking it was that but everything checked out okay.

    She hasn't changed food either. We have been feeding her Nutro Natural Choice (Chicken, Rice & Oatmeal) for the longest. The ingredients are the following.

    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Rice Bran, Whole Brown Rice, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Split Peas, Natural Flavor, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium Yeast, Biotin, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.
    Will an allergy test absolutely find out what's causing her fur to fall out? If so, what do they normally go for? I've heard that Benadryl is good but much rather find a permanent solution than masking the problem.



    The vet gave us Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo but I would really like to figure this out.

    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

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    my bulldog had lost hair on both of her sides. The vet had also given me the shampoo to try, tested her thyroid (which was negative). I switched her food to sensitive stomach and gave her melatonin daily. After one month of both, her hair has grown back.

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    It is probably the food.... change to a grain free food Nutro is lots of grains, look at the list 4 of the first 6 ingredients are grains, mostly rice. i would also look into a different protein too... try pork or salmon.

    Some better foods to look into... no particular order

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    my bulldog had lost hair on both of her sides. The vet had also given me the shampoo to try, tested her thyroid (which was negative). I switched her food to sensitive stomach and gave her melatonin daily. After one month of both, her hair has grown back.
    Loss of fur on the side, if it looks 'black' -- it most likely is seasonal flank alopicia (spelling?) Meliton or vitamin D daily will help I also rub coconut oil on the spot and the fur grew back (not always the case, but worth a try)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    It is probably the food.... change to a grain free food Nutro is lots of grains, look at the list 4 of the first 6 ingredients are grains, mostly rice. i would also look into a different protein too... try pork or salmon.

    Some better foods to look into... no particular order

    Earthborn
    Fromm
    Taste of the Wild
    Acana
    Orijen
    Agree. Food is likely the cause. Go grain free, and chicken free!


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    Default Re: Losing spots of fur - Possibly allergies?

    Thank you everyone! At first her spots will scab up along with a clump of hair. We are going to switch her food and see what happens. My Wife and I were looking into Taste of the Wild. Is there any you recommend?

    We were looking at the Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food - Bison & Venison

    https://www.amazon.com/Taste-Wild-Pr.../dp/B000W5SLB8

    Or would you recommend the Salmon instead?

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    I'm following this post as we are going through the exact same thing right now. He's already gone through seasonal flank alopecia this is different. Small scab in the middle then if I slightly pick it clumps of hair fall out. Area is very dry and we are also trying the shampoo every second night now for almost 2 weeks, small change seems though the old spots are getting hair but there are new spots emerging with small scabs again. We feed a grain free diet already Fromm Beef Fritatta and Pork and Peas. Darla is beautiful by the way


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    Quote Originally Posted by rudyr123 View Post
    Thank you everyone! At first her spots will scab up along with a clump of hair. We are going to switch her food and see what happens. My Wife and I were looking into Taste of the Wild. Is there any you recommend?

    We were looking at the Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food - Bison & Venison

    https://www.amazon.com/Taste-Wild-Pr.../dp/B000W5SLB8

    Or would you recommend the Salmon instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarleneK View Post
    I'm following this post as we are going through the exact same thing right now. He's already gone through seasonal flank alopecia this is different. Small scab in the middle then if I slightly pick it clumps of hair fall out. Area is very dry and we are also trying the shampoo every second night now for almost 2 weeks, small change seems though the old spots are getting hair but there are new spots emerging with small scabs again. We feed a grain free diet already Fromm Beef Fritatta and Pork and Peas. Darla is beautiful by the way
    Could be something in the food or.. What treats are you giving?

    Also, too much bathing can dry the skin - stripping natural oils. Add some coconut oil to food or rub on spots.

    Have you been to vet fir antibiotics? Staph infection, even though a weakened immune system is the underlying cause, antibiotics are the only way to clear it up. And, the strengthen system with probiotics


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    Staph infection was my thought from the description of sores. As for food,I feed Taste of the Wild Pacific Salmon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Could be something in the food or.. What treats are you giving?

    Also, too much bathing can dry the skin - stripping natural oils. Add some coconut oil to food or rub on spots.

    Have you been to vet fir antibiotics? Staph infection, even though a weakened immune system is the underlying cause, antibiotics are the only way to clear it up. And, the strengthen system with probiotics


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    Yes we went to the vet and he took a swab under the microscope and said it was bacterial and gave us a cleansing shampoo for Antibacterial and Antifungal (ProHex). We've bathed him about 6 times now the vet said it might take up to 10. We thoroughly wet his coat and massage the shampoo until it's a generous lather and leave it on him for 10 minutes then rinse. We already do give him a spoonful of coconut oil daily. We may consider switching his food as well as he tends to be a little bit yeasty still on the Fromm.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarleneK View Post
    Darla is beautiful by the way
    Thank you!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Manydogs View Post
    Staph infection was my thought from the description of sores. As for food,I feed Taste of the Wild Pacific Salmon.
    Thank you, I have purchased the Salmon bag as well as Coconut oil. We are hoping this goes well. I know not to change her food entirely at once and to do it over the course of 5-7 days. What's a good ratio you all recommend?

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