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Thin Coat

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 2:40 am
by Deuce
My 11 month old pup seems to have an especially thin coat. He is black with white on his chest. His fur along his back is nice and thick but behind his ears, on his chest/neck and under arms are pretty thin. Behind his ears is super thin, like almost just peach fuzz. The vet said that the skin looks fine and not to worry about it. Is this normal with APBTs? Does seasonal shedding have anything to do with it? Anything I can do to help it get a little thicker?

I am feeding him Taste of the Wild, if that makes any difference. Thanks for the help.

Thin Coat

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:00 am
by ChevellesMomma
Pictures? Those are the spots where it is supposed to be thinner.

Re: Thin Coat

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:27 am
by Deuce
Here are a couple pictures
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Re: Thin Coat

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:41 am
by dogs4jen
Gees, that does look thin, especially in the last pic. Did your vet do a skin scraping to check for mange? Otherwise salmon oil is a good supplement for their skin and coat, that might be worth a try.

Re: Thin Coat

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:42 am
by Curly_07
Curly Sue is the same color, and has the same bald/peach fuzz spots. I've seen many vets over the last 4.5 yrs about it and have been trying the adding of different oils and supplements to make more grow in. Nothing works, and all the vets say she is fine/normal. I've had a few skin scrapes done as well, with nothing show up. All the other pit bulls I've fostered and owned have thin/no hair on the stomach and arm pits, but none have been like this behind the ears and neck like Curly is.

Sorry, I have no real advice.

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Re: Thin Coat

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:54 am
by Deuce
The vet didn't do a skin scraping, she said the skin underneath looks healthy so there isn't much I can do. I feel like it has been getting worse but I don't know if that is because it is getting warmer?

How exactly do you supplement with salmon oil?

Re: Thin Coat

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 11:18 am
by Curly_07
I give 3 pumps of salmon oil and 1 table spoon of coconut oil a day in one of her feelings. It's helped with the shedding and such, but she is still pretty thin haired/to no hair in those few spots. In the last year of doing this, its gotten a lil better behind the ears and on the neck, but nothing drastic. I also give a table spoon of local honey a day to her...hoping it helps with allergies.

After so many vets saying she is fine, its probably just genetics, I've learned to live with it.

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Re: Thin Coat

Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 6:54 am
by PitbullLover*
I would go for some supplements for skin and hair, my girl has very thing coat, so thin in the winter time she gets so cold, i saw a huge difference when i began giving her fish oil and seaweed/kelp you can buy it online at some animal shops. If you really want something but it is expensive its called ''the missing link'' and it did wonders ;)