Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum, but I wanted to see if I could get some advice on an ongoing issue with my 1 year old black lab, Didi. At the beginning of March she developed a bald spot on the inside of her back leg. We went to the vet about it (and have been once a week since then) trying to diagnose the problem. Since March, she has developed a bald spot on her other rear leg, and about 10 different small bald spots on her face. They don't seem to bother her too much. The skin isn't red or inflamed, but her hair keeps falling out. The vet has done:
6 skin scrapes because he was sure it was demodex mites
Flea test and switched to Comfortis
4 rounds of different antibiotics
2 rounds of prednisone
1 round of antibiotic/steroid cream
Ringworm uv light test and fungal culture
And this past week he did 2 skin biopsies, one on her leg and one on her face.
All tests have come back with nothing and none of the medicine has helped. Has anyone had a similar experience or have any suggestions for what else could be causing it? The vet seems to be running out of ideas. Our next step is completing an allergy test. Any advice would be appreciated!
In the attached picture, the large area under her eye had two bald spots but was shaved for her biopsy. You can see a large bald spot by her nose and smaller ones near the corner of her mouth.
Have the thyroid checked.
Thank you for the reply! I actually talked to my vet about that, but he said if it were a thyroid issue she would be very lethargic, fatigued, and probably overweight. She is full of energy and is a very healthy weight/body condition.
Nope, not always. I had a 5 year old bitch with no other thyroid symptoms other than couldn't get her to loose weight. We tested it and sure enough she was low and required thyroid medication. So they don't have to have ALL the symptoms.
get a second opinion, bring a copy of all the results and drugs she has been on.
maybe even go straight to a dermatologist. they can be more expensive but in the big picture cheaper if they can diagnose quick
I just talked to my vet again. He sent her records to a dermatologist for their opinion. Now he wants to trial treat her for demodectic mange: 6 weeks of weekly ivermectin injections. Hopefully this will work.