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Posted : 2/26/2010 4:12:18 PM
Posted : 2/26/2010 4:45:11 PM
One flea can cause an allergic dog to chew off it's tail, but a bare rat tail (or tail with a few scraggly hairs) can be a symptom of adrenal issues.
Posted : 2/26/2010 7:34:50 PM
Posted : 2/26/2010 7:41:14 PM
Cushing's and Addison's are the two big ones. It's something you need to have your vet check for, if it's a possibility.
Posted : 2/27/2010 1:41:42 AM
Cushings is *sometimes* but usually not idiopathic (no discernable reason) -- typically it comes after years of steroids. It's NOT a diagnosis you want.
Is the skin dark or discolored or shiny? At ALL abnormal or is there just no hair?
However -- a lot of things can cause that -- from a liver imbalance to fungal issues.
Particularly if the skin is dark or shiny, try this -- get some pure tea tree oil (you can even get that at Wal-mart -- and I mean the essential oil NOT hair stuff with tea tree in it -- it's on the aisle where the herbs are -- usually a little 2 oz bottle is less than $5).
Just once a day massage a drop of tea tree into the bare areas -- try it for a few weeks and see if it changes it.
Posted : 2/27/2010 9:16:59 PM
Posted : 2/28/2010 2:09:25 AM
Yes, Cushing's is not a diganosis you want. But if you do suspect, I would have the testing done. If it is not, even better, but if it is, it is not a good idea to let it go on without treatment.
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