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growing hair/ skin problems
snookyjj posted:
i have an aussie, he is 10 years old. i had him shaved last summer as he was just too hot, i started letting letting his hair growing back for the winter and it has not grown completly back, he also has scaley skin. he is on a thyroid pill once daily. i have tried everything nothing works can you help?
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
HI Snookyjj,

This is a common problem. There are many causes for lack of hair regrowth, including hypothyroidism. Is your dog receiving enough thyroid? Has the blood value been checked recently by your veterinarian? Some dogs require twice a day dosing.
There are other conditions such as cushings (too much cortisone) and something cause Alopecia X, for which sometimes we'll treat with melatonin. Various medical conditions can shut down the hair follicle, allergies, etc.
Again, I would contact your veterinarian and make sure the thyoid dosing is correct and then try to figure out what the problem might be.
Let us know what you find out.

Dr. Sandy


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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