Bald spots on dog
Breed: staffordshire bullte
Age: 6-12 months
I have 2 staffordshire bullterriers which are brothers 1 of them has lost a spot of hair on the back top part of his head and the other 1 his fur on his tail has gone a lighter colour than the rest of him, i dont know if this is in the genes but they are still acting like they normally do. I am concerned because if it needs treating i would like to get it sorted asap.
Dr. Marie replied:
I'm wondering if what you are seeing is a sign of demodex. Demodex is a parasite that dogs can be born with. Some dogs have a genetic problem that makes them not be able to fight off demodex.
It is easy for your vet to diagnose demodex by doing a skin scraping.
If this is just one or two spots then I wouldn't be too worried. We don't usually treat demodex if it is just a couple of spots.
But, some dogs will develop something called generalized demodex where the skin gets infected and this can be quite serious.
Of course, there are other possibilities. So, if you see more spots or if they start to get bothersome then a vet visit is the best idea.
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