Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chocolate Labrador Retriever with Bald Spots on Head - part I

Subject: Chocolate Labrador Retriever with Bald Spots on Head - part I

From: Jeremiah (USA)

Labrador Retriever Name: Hailey

Reader's E-mail - Jeremiah Writes:


I have a 3 year old chocolate lab named Hailey. She has a bald spot on the top of her head and I have taken her to the vet 3 separate times. They gave her a cortisone shot, did a blood test on her and I have changed her food twice. Currently she is on Nutro Lamb and Rice formula for six months and has not gotten any better.

The vets said it could be allergies but this has been going on for almost a year and is not getting any better. She doesn't have a thyroid condition and this was found out after the blood test and also they did a skin graph on her and she had no parasites or mites.

We have tried anti-fungal cream and this does not improve her hair loss either. As you can see I'm running out of things to try! She is now beginning to lose her hair on her ears as well, do you have any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. I've attached picture's of her bald spot...

Thank you,

All About Labradors Response:

Hello Jeremiah,

Thank you for visiting the All About Labradors blog. I am sorry to hear about Hailey's condition. There are a couple of other things I need from you to try to be of assistance.
Please answer the questions listed below.

How long has Hailey had this bald spot?

Did the veterinarian mention what kind of allergies, or just allergies in general?

Any other areas of hair loss (besides what you mentioned) on Hailey?

Is her coat greasy with a unpleasant order?

Is this bald spot itchy to Hailey?

Is she itchy anywhere else? (paws, other parts of body,etc)

Is the skin dry and flaky?

Any chronic infection of her ears?

Any nasal discharges?

Do you notice any of the following - lethargy, increased thirst and urination, potbellied appearance, skin infections, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain, aggression?

What other food did you try before the lamb?

When you tried changing foods, did you feed Hailey anything else besides the food? (treats, table scrapes, etc)

Any other medical conditions with Hailey in the past?

I'm awaiting your reply Jeremiah.

Talk to you soon,

To read the second part of this e-mail visit: Chocolate Labrador Retriever with Bald Spots on Head - part II

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