Sunday, August 31, 2008

Black Labrador Retriever losing hair on the top of her feet - part I

Subject: Black Labrador Retriever losing hair on the top of her feet and spots around her mouth - part I.

From: Forrest

Labrador Retriever Name: Star

Reader's E-mail - Forrest Writes:

My lab is 11 months old and for the last month, she has been chewing and licking at her feet to the point the hair is gone on the tops of her feet. She also has a couple spots around her mouth that are the same way. She seems fine, plays, has good appetite, but this does bother her. Any suggestions?

Thank you,
Forrest

All About Labradors Response:

Hello Forrest,

How are you? Thank you for your e-mail. My apologies on the delay, as I was a little behind with all the questions received.

Yes, I do have a couple of suggestions, but first I do need you to provide me with some further information. Please answer the following questions for me.

Is there any raw, irritated skin or open sores in these areas?

Is she chewing on just one paw, or all four?

Does she chew and lick at these areas all the time, or just certain times? (e.g. after going out for a walk, after you clean the house, etc.)

What are you feeding her? Be Specific - include dog food brand and flavor, dog treats name and flavor, and anything else you might feed her.

Do the areas have circular patches that are red and crusty?

If you answered no to the last question: Is there any shape to the areas of hair loss?

Do you notice any greasy, foul-smelling fur?

Any problems with her eyes, ears or nose? If so, please let me know what kind of problem(s) it is.

What is her name?

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.

If you do send a photo, and would like any caption to appear under the photo (Ex: Fido eating the garbage, my trip to the beach, dressed up for Christmas, etc.) make sure you let me know.

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

Thanks,
Fay

To read part two of this e-mail visit: Black Labrador Retriever losing hair on the top of her feet - part II

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