My dog is scratching and losing hair but doesn't have fleas. What's wrong?

Lost My Dog My dog is scratching and losing hair but doesn't have fleas. What's wrong?, My dog is constantly scratching to the point where he can't walk two steps without stopping to scratch. He's losing a lot of hair; more then he does when he ...


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03-12-09, 01:23
  My dog is scratching and losing hair but doesn't have fleas. What's wrong?
My dog is constantly scratching to the point where he can't walk two steps without stopping to scratch. He's losing a lot of hair; more then he does when he usually sheds. My mom checked and she didn't find any fleas. Any know whats up?


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03-12-09, 12:57
 
Might be Mange...if so...vet asap
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04-12-09, 05:15
 
Just because you checked it doesn't mean she can't have fleas. She could have anything - dry skin, demodex, fleas, allergy. Get her to the vet and they can have a look and probably do some skin scrapings.
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04-12-09, 11:40
 
I encountered an almost identical problem. I first thought allergies or mange, but could rule out allergies because there were no significant household changes, or diet.

Dog constantly scratching, losing LOTS of hair, but overall no significant changes in personality.

Turns out it was a unique type of bacterial infection on the dogs skin, which caused much hair to fall out and not regrow. This got progressively worse and the dog had bald spots that would grow larger over time.

Treatment was antibiotics, and a daily bath with a prescription shampoo that had a special procedure for use.

After about 3 weeks it seemed that the fur was filling in. In 3 months the dog looked normal again.

Take the dog to the vet. It's the best possible choice you can make, and should yield the best results.

Don't wait too long because if it is a bacterial infection, remember that bacteria multiply on an exponential basis and the problem will compound rather quickly.
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