A couple days ago, Cherry started shedding really badly. I figured she was just shedding some winter fur and didn't think much of it. Yesterday, we were walking outside in the sunshine and I noticed she has spots of fur missing on her back and sides. She's always had super thin hair on her chest and stomach, almost completely hairless but she's never had a problem with the hair on her back. Her sides get thin when she's itching a lot but she hasn't been that bad lately. And it is just an overall thin appearance, not moth eaten and spotty like this.
I changed her food to California Naturals Salmon and Pea formula about 3 weeks ago. Her food store quit carrying the Nature's Variety she was doing well on. Cherry has allergies year round and we've been managing with Benadryl and a low dose of Temeril P and Cephlexin every day. I tried out Honest Kitchen Zeal and she had an allergic reaction 3 weeks ago, hives everywhere. So, we switched to the CN and she's been ok. We also put her back on Atopica a month ago, 100 mg a day. We've been using less of the Temeril P but had to do a tapering dose when she got hives. Last temeril P was 4 days ago.
On this new food, she poops way more and scoots her butt a lot. I am doing her anal glands weekly now instead of every 2-3 weeks. She hasn't had a reaction to it but she doesn't like it as much as the NV. She is overweight from not being able to exercise due to allergies and from who knows what else.
I'm calling the vet today to get her in this week for a CBC, so we can check her liver and kidney levels. Hair loss is a sign of both Cushings and Hypothyroidism. She's not exhibiting other signs of Cushings though, thank goodness. Just want to rule it out. I've always thought she had symptoms of Hypothyroidism, she fits the description to a T, minus the seizures (she doesn't get those) I'm going to have the vet draw blood and send it off to Dr Jean Dodds to get an analysis. She had a thyroid panel done at the vet but they only test 2 thyroid levels, I think. The free T3 and T$ or the non free T3 and T4. Her number was a 1, which is on the border. A healthy, young dog should be in the top 50%, not the lower 50%. So, just to be sure, we are going to use Dodds.
I just want to know if anyone else has seen this. It is hard to see in the pics, but her skin shows through on the spots. It is like the hair is broken halfway but in spots and all over her sides and back.