Friday, July 18, 2008

Labrador Retriever's hair not growing back - part I

Subject: My Labrador Retriever's hair is not growing back after I shaved her - part I.

From: Gary

Labrador Retriever Name: Molly

Reader's E-mail - Gary Writes:

I have a 4 year old yellow lab named Molly. She is very healthy and for the last 4 years I have shaved her at least 3 times a year (she is a terrible shedder!).

However, this last time I shaved her, her hair is not growing back in several areas on her body. This has been about 3 months now. She does not seem to be sick or anything, just looks kind of funny with no hair growing on her flanks. Will it ever grow back? Is there anything I can feed her or give her that will help?

Thanks for your help!
Gary

All About Labradors Response:

Hello Gary,

Thank you for your question and for visiting the All About Labradors blog.

As with many questions I receive, in order for me to try to be of some help to you, I need you to answer a couple of questions for me.

WHY DO YOU SHAVE HER?

What are areas where the hair hasn't grown back?

Are these hairless areas itchy to Molly?

Are these hairless area raw and/or inflamed?

Are the hairless areas dry and/or crusty?

What do you feed Molly? Please list everything you feed her (dog food, treats, table scrapes, etc). Also please be specific with the name brands and flavors and if you changed anything recently.

What do you bath Molly with?

Any medical problems with Molly in the past?

Is Molly a nervous or emotional Labrador?

Any other problems: runny eyes, nose, itchy paws, etc?

Anything else you can tell me that you think would be helpful.

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 the Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. You DO NOT have to send a photo to receive an answer to your question.

Please get back to me with the answers to these questions at your earliest convenience. Talk to you soon,

Fay

To read part II of this e-mail visit: Labrador Retriever's hair not growing back - part II

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