Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Another Chocolate Lab with Hair loss around the Eyes - part I

Subject: Another Chocolate Lab with Hair loss around the Eyes - part I

From: Michelle (Japan)

Labrador Retriever Name: Flash

Reader's E-mail - Michelle Writes:

I was just searching the Internet trying to find causes for hair loss around a dog's eye. We have a 6-year old female chocolate lab named "Flash" and she has been loosing the hair around her right eye gradually over the past few months. There is a yellow, milky discharge coming from both eyes. We are temporarily living in Japan and I took her to the vet here in Tokyo. She said that her eyes looked clear (no sign of cataracts) and that the discharge was probably just from hair getting in her eyes. I am still suspicious that there is something else going on. The hair loss continues...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hello Michelle,

Thank you for writing and visiting All About Labradors. My apologies in the delay, as I receive many e-mail questions, and having a full house sometimes causes a delay in response.

If you still would like me to try to be of assistance to you, I need you to answer a couple of questions in regards to Flash's condition.

Has this same problem occurred any time before, and if so, how was it treated the first time?

Did this problem occur before or after you moved to Japan?

When you say around the right eye, where do you mean (circle around the whole eye, top of the eye, bottom of the eye)?

Is she scratching the hair out, or is it falling out?

Is there any other itchy areas, such as her paws?

Is the hairless area raw and inflamed?

Is the area dry and/or crusty?

What do they feed her?

What other pets do you have?

What is the pet bathed in?

Does the discharge form a crust on the eyelids?

Any nasal problems with her?

Any other medical problems with her, now or in the past?

Sorry for all the questions, as there are so many different causes of hair loss and eye discharges, it may help me narrow down some possible problems.

One last thing Michelle, with all the email questions I receive, I always ask a favor of the person writing. If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever, that you could email me, I would love to post them to All About Labradors and/or Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. Please note, that a photo is NEVER required to receive an answer, just appreciated.

Please get back to me at your earliest convenience with the answers to these questions.

It might make it easier for you to copy and paste the questions in your e-mail, and then just write the answers next to the questions.

Talk to you soon,

To read part two of this e-mail visit: Another Chocolate Lab with Hair loss around the Eyes - part II

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