Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
Hair loss in young Shetland mixed
nacox posted:
My dog is about 1 year and 3 months old, she's a Shetland Sheepdog mixed with a Rat Terrier (sheltie the dominant features). We've noticed some hair loss in patches on her hips and tail, and they seem to be getting bigger. My mother told my husband it's probably hotspots and we got something for her at a local pet store but it didn't help. It's just hair loss and she itches it a lot, but there's no swelling, redness, irritation, etc. Any tips on what this might be and how we can help her?
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
You don't say where you are, but in the NYC area we are experiencing an early spring and with that early allergies. Last week alone 3 of my cancer patients had urgent visits and all turned out to be hot spots from allergies. One dog had fleas (already!) one dog had a secondary bacterial infection and one a secondary yeast infection. Time to head to the vet's office to get this problem sorted our.

Ann Hohenhaus


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

Helpful Tips

Excellent website for information on parasites in dogs and catsExpert
I just conducted a seminar and hands-on demonstration on diagnosis of fecal parasites to veterinarians and technicians. An excellent ... More
Was this Helpful?
33 of 48 found this helpful

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Learn more about the AVMA

WebMD Special Sections