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Chloe was 4 months old this weekend and I have been experiencing terrible hair loss. She has patches that are now almost bald. My vet has no idea and she was on antibiotics and benadryl for awhile but no help there. I bought her a premium food containing no corn bi-products as someone here mentioned that it might be an allergy to corn. As I understand, she is too young to be blowing her puppy coat, correct? She doesn't scratch or really act like this bothers her but she isn't the prettiest doodle at the moment. :(
 
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Autumn, how frustrating! OK, now maybe your vet has checked for these things, but here is a list that could be causing the baldness.
Mange- this is just mites (sounds nasty, but all dogs have mites, dogs that develop mange just have an overgrowth caused by an immature immune system). Can be common in puppies. Usually the hair loss starts occurs at the base of the ear openings, above the eyes, on the belly or paws or anywhere, really. I think the vet can do a skin scraping to diagnose it.
Ringworm-not a worm, just a fungus that can be treated.
Plastic allergy_ Change all bowls to ceramic or glass.
Hormone imbalance- Ask vet to run bloodwork to check for this issue. She could be hypothyroid, among other things.
Flea medicine could be causing a reaction. Try a different kind? This is the most common cause of baldness, supposedly.
It still could be a food allergy, even though you eliminated corn. You could do a total elimination diet and feed her only Lamb and rice for awhile. This means NO TREATS. Annmarie is the food allergy queen,if you decide to try this, she could probably help or recommend a food to try. 2 ingredients are good and I believe lamb and rice are the most hypoallergenic.
Good Luck and have patience!!
PS: I don't think blowing a puppy coat results in bald spots...I might be wrong, but it did not happen with Bella.
 

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Thanks! The vet did do a scraping the last time we were there before the problem was this extensive. I gave her a bath at lunch and put a special conditioner on her and then brushed it through...so much hair came off of her. Poor baby or poor me one... :roll:

The problem initially started at the base of her tail and she now has splotches of thin hair on her shoulders and chest. She is also turning silver which makes this look even worse! Between her bad behavior and now this, I am at my wits end!
 

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autumn - what are you feeding chloe? we have gone through 4 foods with Dexter. Do you give her treats? If so, I would eliminate everything but her food for a few weeks to get a better handle on the problem. We had Dex on a lamb formula (supposed to be better for allergies) and still no luck. We got relief with duck/potato food (the vet said to try a new, single protein food). I know there are other similar (herring, fish, etc).
 

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I do not feed her treats. I can't remember the brand of the food, I found it at Petco. I do recall seeing the duck and potato. Unfortunately I live over an hour away from the nearest pet store. Hopefully I can go there this weekend and try to start narrowing down the problem. I wonder how long she will need to be on a certain brand before I notice if she stops losing hair?
 

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Autumn I'm sorry your pup is having problems, dont give up though. I agree I'd do an elimnation diet and find food that has the least amount of grains - had a lab that was allergic to wheat and corn.

check with your vet, they usually have small sample packs of some foods you could try.

You mentioned Chloe's bad behavior - what is she doing that is bad, is it just normal puppy stuff?

Just remember our furbabies can sense our stress so try to give her lots of xtra love thru all this
 

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Autumn
I went through this with a cat that turned out to be
severly alergic to fleas and any kind of flea medication.
The vet gave him yearly cortisone shots and his fur returned
to normal and the scratching and baldness ended.
 

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hey autumn,

the food doesn't have to be duck/potato, but if you can pick a simple food with no grains and a single protein at least it can help you rule out if this is food allergies. What did the vet say (does he/she thing it's the food)?

Maybe others can help better, but isn't it omega 3 or 6 that is supposed to help with itchy coats?

Dex's allergies came out through ear infections so I don't want to insist to you that chloe's problems come from food.
 

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The vet doesn't have a clue (small town vet). He did check for mange and a few other things and suggested that it could be a food allergy however it was very hard to narrow this down. I could take her to a specialist but funds are limited as of right now since I am in night school.

Her behavior is just normal puppyness I suppose. She is just so hyper, no matter how much I play or walk her it just seems boundless! Just when I think I have puppy proofed the place, she will find something to chew up that she knows she shouldn't.

We had to put our 16 year old Yorkie down on Sunday (she lived with my mom and dad but I grew up with her). I guess the stress has just gotten to me. Sorry to vent! :x
 

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hang in there. There are several puppy stages that are tough. I remember the 4 month old puppy who would jump up and bite at my shirt/pants and was wild as could be. She'll calm down at 5-6 months but then go through adolescence. It gets better.

Sorry about your yorkie :(
 

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Thanks guys! I guess since Chase was an Angel puppy, I just expected every other puppy to be that way...boy was I mistaken :)
 

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Autumn i am so sorry to hear this is happening to you.

Question: is your doodle's coat also dry and somewhat brittle? what color are your doodles eyes? bloodshot? pink or red? just curious as we went thru something similar with max

you can PM me if you want.

for us, we put Max on a customized bland diet then got him on Canidae and WOW what a change, for Max eggs anc corn wreak havoc
 
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Autumn, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Yorkie.
I guess I would try to do the easy/cheap things first with Chloe>

Are you using flea medicine? If yes, change it. If no, maybe use something, it could be an allergic reaction to one flea.

Change from plastic bowls (if using them) to metal or ceramic.

Hypothyroidism in a puppy is not very common: so skip bloodwork...for now.

Change food to a one protein, like Leslie and Annmarie suggested. I hate to recommend this food because it really does not look great, BUT my sister's Bichon had the same baldness problem and this is the ONLY food that helped the problem. Maybe because it has just a single protein and that is beef? So if she was allergic to chicken and chicken is in many foods, that could be why this brand is working... Anyway, it's Beneful and it's easy to find and it's cheap.

Mites are notoriously hard to find on skin scrapings. Maybe since it's worse, your vet could repeat the scraping for no fee?

Is she itchy? Are the spots reddened or just bald and white? Can she reach those spots you mentioned easily by scratching or biting? Is she home alone during the day? Might she be stressed?
 

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I DO know if there is a flea allergy.........you get bald spots , or rather this happend years ago to my cats
 

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I have had her on Frontline as well as taking her off but no change. Annemarie was so kind to email me a recipe that I am going to see if I can put my Chef's hat on for :).

She doesn't have any red spots however when I first took her to the vet a few weeks ago, she did. This cleared up with the antibiotics and benadryl.

She is home during the day in an exercise pen. I live very close so I go home at lunch and she stays out and plays the entire time that I am there. As soon as I get home from work she is out until bedtime. I want to trust her enough to sleep in the room with Chase and I but it is the only room that I have not puppy proofed.
 
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Remember that Frontline is in their system for at least 6 weeks...it could take awhile to resolve if it's an allergy to it.
 
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