Sunday, January 21, 2007

Labrador Retriever - Hair Falling Out ( part one)

Julee writes:

I am hoping that you may be able to shed light on the following for me………

We have a Yellow Labrador Retriever who is 10 ½ years old. On both of his hind legs, at the top closest to the hip, his fur appears to be falling out in clumps. It sits in patches until we remotely touch/brush it, then it falls out in a huge clump. However, if we gently brush over the site, the hair falls out at a slower pace and doesn’t appear to bother him. When we hold the “clump”, gently I might add, between our fingers and gently pull it away; he appears to be in pain. Is there something that I should be watching for or is it possible that the cold weather and hot/dry heat is causing this?


Thanks for writing. Sorry to hear about your Lab's problem.

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The problem could be an allergy of some sort, not quite sure about the pain part. I have a couple of question I need you to answer for me.

1. Does your Lab bite, scratch, lick or chew at the problem areas?

2. What does the skin look like under the area of the hair loss (redness, sores, dry, flaky, darkened skin area). Any smell to the area?

3. How is the rest of his coat, any flaky or dullness? Hair loss in any other area?

4. Anything new that you have been doing to your Lab, ex: different food, shampoo, etc..)

5. Any other problems with him: overweight, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, lethargy?

Please get back to me with the answers to the above question, as it might give me a better understanding of your Labrador Retriever's problem. One last thing Julee - What is your dog's name :)

Part two can be found here: Labrador Retriever - Hair Falling Out ( part two )

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