The fur that is there is not black like the rest of the fur in that area, but grizzle colored instead. The skin at the spot looks fine. Not red. No irritations.
The area is just forward of his shoulder blades. Nothing comes in contact with that area on a regular basis.
I actually first noticed it a month ago when he came back from the groomer. I wondered then if she slipped a bit with the clippers or if he squirmed while she was clipping.
I actually forgot about it until I gave him his bath, where it sticks out like a sore thumb when wet.
Does this sound like something to worry about? I'd hate to take him to the vet if it's nothing. He hasn't been acting abnormally.
|I thought maybe it was a reaction to his Frontline, but he's been using that for years with no issues. The spot is just forward of where I apply the Frontline.|
And because I first saw the spot in the beginning of September, it would have had to be from the August application. But I didn't notice the spot till September.
I'll post a few pics later when I get home.
|My dog had a reaction to Advantrix and it caused a reddish/brownish spot and the hair was quite thin too. I didn't notice at first either. It cleared up and I no longer give the perventative. Hopefully that's all it is with Brick. Could it be a tick bite?|
|Here's some pics:|
(note the grizzle/light color spot right in the middle of the pic (on his neck/shoulders))
|I have no idea (and don't use Frontline or any spot-on products) what this is from - but yes, it's sure really obvious. Good luck with figuring this out. Hopefully someone has some input.|
Just hoping it's nothing serious!
|Have there been any changes in his appetite or water intake? Activity/energy level? Urine output?|
The first physical symptom I truly noticed on Chap was a spot of missing hair. I just thought he was a little "down" with me because I'd just had surgery and was immobile (he wouldn't leave my side) but when I saw the thin spot on yhe back of his neck I took him in and found out he was diabetic.
|Nothing has changed with his appetite, water uptake, urine outut, energy level, etc.|
|Well, we have an appt. with the vet on Monday. Grrrrrrrrr.|
I asked them if I could email the pics and then let me know if I should bring him in and they told me they don't have e-mail. What business doesn't have e-mail in the 21st century!?!?!
|Got back from the vet a little while ago.|
The vet doesn't think it's anything serious. There's only a few things that can cause hair loss. One of those is ringworm. But if it was ringworm, the skin under the thin spot would be crusty and his is not. His skin looks good. Another is Cushing's, but that would cause hair loss in bigger splotches and be concentrated on the dog's rump. His is not. Nor does he have any of the other symptoms of Cushing's.
So her thinking is that it was either a reaction to the Frontline, or he wriggled when the groomer was clipping him, creating a thin spot.
The good thing is I was only charged $40. So I didn't mind so much.
|Glad it is nothing serious---it is always good to go to the vet and ease the worry though--|
|Glad for the good update|
|YAY brick is ok!|
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