Sunday, June 20, 2010

My dog has a bald spot on her belly...?

My rotti, Maggie, has a big bald spot on her belly. Actually, it looks like someone shaved her belly in one spot. It doesn't itch her, she doesn't bite at it, it doesn't have a rash. It's just her skin with no hair, or little stubbly hairs. Now, around her leg area, it looks like the same thing is starting to happen and yet the area has no rash, no smell or irriation. I have no idea what is going on. I plan on taking her to the vet but was just wondering what it may be. She doesn't have fleas or any type of worms. She was in the vet a three months ago and I was told she was just fine. Any ideas...please???

My dog has a bald spot on her belly...?

She could be just losing her hair due to age, or improper diet. The best thing to do is what you are going to do, take her to the vet. Also I think it would be a good idea to change her diet to natural or holistic foods if she is not already eating that. She may be having an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the food. But you won't know for sure until you take her to the vet.

My dog has a bald spot on her belly...?

It could be Demodectic mange which is caused by a microscopic mite called Demodex canis. All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life. (After the pup is older it is unable to pick up demodex mites. Puppies raised by hand, do not ever get demodex mites.) For some reason, conditions change in certain dogs to allow demodex mites to "gain the upper hand;" the mites proliferate and can cause serious skin disease.

Mites are not transmitted to people or other dogs except from mother dog to pup as described. Demodectic mange (unlike Sarcoptic mange) is not contagious.

Mites live inside hair follicles -- a difficult place for miticides (chemicals that kill mites) to reach.

Mites are a normal residents of dog skin; it is only in some individual dogs that mites cause problems.

My dog has a bald spot on her belly...?

IS the fur ever wet or sticky before she loses the fur? as rotties can get what is called wet eczema ( when i had my rottie i would know unless i stroked him or it was on his neck he didnt scratch it that much either).and that leaves the kind of bald patch you are talking about.

Also there is no way has come in contact with mange in there? though this is not the usual sign.

Last question there is no way she is pregnant is there? as my mates female rottie lost fur a little like your describing.

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