Dog losing hair around eyes
My dog has recently started losing hair around her eyes. I don't think she's shedding as of yet as the hair is pretty short (see attached photo). I've also noticed that the hair on her back is a little darker than usual. She has had a few vet visits in the past month, however, I'm assuming that the loss of hair is due to her having some sort of skin disease or something. We're on our second month of having her on prednisone (4mg) and it seems to have helped with the excessive hair growth on her back, but hasn't helped much with the hair on her face. We noticed that her hair was getting dry and in the beginning of this month I gave her a shampoo that's specifically made for dogs. It seemed to help (see attached photos), but the hair started falling out again. This is where we are now. Her hair is falling out in the same areas and it's coming out much more frequently than usual. It's also in very large clumps, unlike what I had seen previously (see attached photo).
She's around 7 years old and has recently started losing hair around her eyes, ears and other parts of her body, as well. She's not an excessively large breed dog, she's around 40 pounds. She usually has a good appetite and a great disposition, however, I'm afraid she may be uncomfortable with the hair falling out. I have to change her clothes a few times a week and she gets extremely sensitive to her hair (the other day I tried to pet her with her head covered in hair, she took off running). In the past month, she's also been taking a pain medication called Aleve. I've tried reducing the dose to once a day and so far it hasn't helped much. It's been 3 weeks since I started giving her Aleve and still, the problem hasn't been fixed.
Since the hair has been falling out in large clumps and is now causing her to be uncomfortable I've decided to put her on anti-depressants, especially since the hair loss is happening after two months of being on the medication (she was first prescribed Effexor XR in December). I've had her checked out for skin and allergies but everything came out normal. She seems to have no other medical problems.
I'm now hoping someone can tell me what's wrong. Am I over-reacting? Or is this something that will get better in time? Also, why is the hair falling out? Should I bring it up with the doctor who prescribes me this medication? I'm really worried about her.
Hi, I am also concerned about my Dachshund for the same reason. I have noticed since her meds have been changed to Wellbutrin XL a few weeks ago that she has a bald spot on her head and also a bald spot just behind her ears. These are the only two spots she has with balding, she used to have three bald spots but one she has had for some time now and the other just happened yesterday. She seems to not like to shave her fur at the base of her neck which could also be contributing to this. I am still in the process of getting answers to see what is going on with her.
When my dog first started to have this problem I had my vet recommend a thyroid analysis. Since then I have made many trips to the vet to try to find out what is going on with her. My vet told me he didn't know what was wrong with her, but we had her tested because her hair loss was happening after she had been on a different medication for awhile. With her last test she got a pretty good B/C with her level of T3 at 6 and T4 at 7.8. I don't know if I should go back to my vet or if I need to see another vet. Since she has been changed to Wellbutrin XL I have noticed that it doesn't seem to have as strong of an affect on her as it did before and the other medication.
I just found this site, and I'm glad I did! I've been concerned with our dog's bald patches for a while now, and the vet has been stumped. My boy is 9 months old and he's not been a happy camper about it! I've had him checked out by our new vet, and everything checks out fine, but I still have that nagging feeling that there's something wrong. I started looking online to see if anyone else has had the same problem, and it seems that this is a lot of people's issue! So glad I stumbled on this site!
I'm so glad I found this site. I have a 14 month old dog who was spayed this summer. I started to notice her belly area was a little patchy just after the surgery and then it was obvious the the patches were really getting bigger and more noticeable. The vet put me on some antibiotics for a possible infection but the patches kept coming back. Then I found this site and am relieved to find that this is very common and that she will likely just grow out of it. I just have to wait! Thank you so much for this site!
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