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My dachshund has alopecia. Is there anything I can do for

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My dachshund has alopecia. Is there anything I can do for her?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

Alopecia is simply a term meaning "loss of hair",

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and it does not identify the underlying cause.

Dr. Drew :

If there's no itching, redness, or scabs/crusts, then allergy is unlikely to be an explanation.

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Skin scrapings should be done to identify Demodectic Mange, which is caused by a type of mite living in the hair follicles. It does not cause itching for the most part.

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If that's ruled out, then typically the next step is bloodwork to check for any evidence of hormonal imbalances such as a low thyroid or an over-active adrenal gland,

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though both are uncommon at such a young age.

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If no cause of the problem is found, then this may be a genetic issue,

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and I'd suggest Melatonin, 2-3 mg daily, to see if there is any hair regrowth over several months.

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Melatonin is very safe,

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does not cause any changes in "character"

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and can be used long term without any known adverse effects.

Dr. Drew :

A change in diet would not be expected to provide any benefit unless signs of an allergy are present, as mentioned above.

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Since I have not received a reply from you, I will change this chat into Q/A format for your convenience.

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