Labrador Retriever’s Hair Not Growing Again – Part II
Topic: My Labrador Retriever’s hair will not be rising again after I shaved her – part II.
Labrador Retriever Title: Molly
Reader’s E-mail – Gary’s Response:
Just be advise that I have repeated the questions that I (All About Labradors) asked Gary followed by his answers in pink:
WHY DO YOU SHAVE HER Mainly, because she sheds a lot and I assumed she could be cooler within the summer time (we dwell in Phoenix , AZ ).
What are areas where the hair hasn’t grown again On the aspect of her neck, flanks, and legs….her different components seems to be rising back a bit of higher, however these areas are nearly like the day I shaved her. I’ve shaved her for four years now, no less than 2, generally three occasions a year and had by no means had this subject arise.
Are these hairless areas itchy to Molly No
Are these hairless area uncooked and/or inflamed No
Are the hairless areas dry and/or crusty No
What do you feed Molly Please listing all the pieces you feed her (pet food, treats, table scrapes, and many others). Additionally please be particular with the identify brands and flavors and when you changed anything just lately. We feed her grownup Iams pet food. From time to time we give them rawhide bones to chew on and often table scraps like pizza bones or vegetables.
What do you bath Molly with Water and dog shampoo from PetCo
Any medical problems with Molly previously When Molly was 18 months previous, she had parvo and made it by way of after 3 days at the vets….then when she was about 2 years outdated, she had subcutaneous Valley Fever and antibiotics obtained rid of that….However, she has been wholesome and alert ever since and exhibits no sign of any form of sickness.
Is Molly a nervous or emotional Labrador No…she is a lover. All she needs is pettings and attention. However she is slightly calm. A terrific dog. We even have two chocolate labs…Buddy, who’s 5 (and I’ve shaved him as much as Molly and by no means a problem together with his coat) and a 6 week outdated named Beaux.
Another problems: runny eyes, nose, itchy paws, and so on No
All About Labradors Answer:
The data given here is that can assist you be taught extra about your Labrador Retriever and not to substitute your veterinarian’s recommendation. Disclaimer
My apologies with the delays, as I receive many e-mail questions and with a full house of my very own, it takes me some time to answer all the questions.
There are many alternative reasons for hair loss with our Labrador Retrievers. Some reasons of hair loss embody: fleas, allergies, mange, pores and skin infections, Hypothyroidism, Cushings Disease, flank alopecia, poor nutrition, and pattern baldness. These are only a few of the various reasons related to hair loss.
Based on your solutions to the questions I requested, I’m able to remove a few of the circumstances that is perhaps inflicting Molly her issues.
What I do recommend before I go any further is establishing an appointment with Molly’s veterinarian to have her totally checked out. I’ll checklist what I imagine could also be a few of her problems and among the things you can strive.
Seasonal Flank Alopecia – Labrador Retrievers with this situation have hair loss on the flanks and trunk, that occurs throughout part of the yr and is followed by hair regrowth during another part of the season. Some Labs will lose their hair in the fall and it’ll regrow in the spring, whereas others do the reverse. It causes bilateral symmetrical hair loss and hyperpigmentation of the flanks (a query I did not ask was if there was a discoloring of the skin in the hair loss areas). Melatonin has been utilized in therapy with Seasonal Flank Alopecia.
Here is a few additional data so that you can learn (have a look at the pictures on this site to see if it appears like Molly’s condition):
Sample Baldness – is a gradual, symmetric thinning and loss of the hair that progresses slowly with the affected areas changing into utterly bald. These areas of hair loss should not itchy. These areas, over time may turn into darkened and/or scaly. There is no really useful therapy, nevertheless I’ve learn that Melatonin has also been used to assist with this condition.
Hypothyroidism – is a condition by which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce a ample quantity of thyroid hormone. It normally seems between the ages of two and 6. There are many alternative symptoms to hypothyroidism with abnormal shedding and alopecia (hair loss) being commonly seen. The hair loss is often symmetrical.
Different symptoms of Hypothyroidism can include obesity, hair loss, dry skin, disorientation, lethargy, darkening of the skin, pores and skin infections, seborrhea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, vomiting, and even heart problems.
Therapy consists of administering a thyroid hormone supplementation (alternative of the lacking hormone with a artificial hormone).
Here is a few additional info that can provide you with a lot of information on Hypothyroidism:
http://canadiangoldens.com/page.cgi web page=thyroid
Cushing’s Disease – is caused by the production of an excess of corticosteroids, with signs of the illness normally coming on very regularly. There’s a post on the All About Labradors blog that has much data on Cushing’s Illness:
Yellow Labrador Retriever with Cushing’s Illness
Publish clipping alopecia -happens after areas in your Labrador Retriever are clipped or shaved, and is usually seen on the trunk or limbs. Hair may not develop again instantly after it has been clipped, and hyperpigmenatation might even be present. The areas of this hair loss can be noted a number of months after the shaving was achieved.
Quoted from Carlo Vitale, DVM, Dipl. ACVD from the NewsMagazine of Veterinary Medicine:
“One concept as to the cause is localized vasoconstriction happens out of the blue at the site, leading to sudden arrest in the hair follicle cycle.” He further states ” Aggressive rubbing or scraping of the affected areas can lead to regrowth of hair. Affected canines usually regrow hair in six to 12 months.”
Some things that may assist with Molly’s situation:
Correct nutrition – an excellent high quality dog food, which itself is a complete nother matter. Not that I am saying what you are feeding Molly is dangerous, but when you want some suggestions on different foods let me know.
I’d also lower out the desk scrapes, undoubtedly no good for her.
Supplementation with omega fatty acids might help to enhance the well being of the skin and coat.
As far as shaving Molly goes, this is a big Particular NO, NO! Many individuals feel that they’re helping their Labrador Retrievers by shaving them. They consider that shaving them will help to keep them from shedding or keep them cooler in the heat weather.
What they do not understand hair closers is that the Labrador will hair closers still shed, and that the undercoat that they’re shaving actually helps to maintain your Labrador Retriever cool. The one time your Lab will have to be shaved is in case your veterinarian must for “Sizzling Spots”, in which case all the fur covering and instantly surrounding the lesion have to be shaved, or for some other surgical procedures.
Here is an efficient article for you to try: Why you should not shave your long haired double coated canine.
Instead of shaving, what you need to do is groom totally.
As you in all probability already know, Labrador Retrievers shed yr round and then twice a year (spring and fall), they “Blow Coat”, with the hair coming out in CLUMPS.
With my Labradors, I like to brush/groom them about twice per week to assist keep them clean. You’ll in all probability need to brush Molly more when she is blowing her coat. Successful instruments are a slicker brush or shedding blade. I also like to use a bristle brush, because it helps distribute the oils in your Labrador’s coat, and it’s not hectic on their pores and skin. Many fellow Labrador owners love a product known as the Zoom Groom (it is a rubber brush with versatile rubber “fingers” that assist to gather free), made by Kong.
There can be a tool known as the Furminator which I’ve been using, that I like, but I would not use it all the time.
I hope some of this is of assist to you and Molly. Like I previously stated, I do suggest an appointment with your veterinarian to have Molly examined and probably tested. Remember, their are many various trigger of hair loss with our Labrador Retrievers, some extra severe than others.
If you do not perceive anything, or have some other questions, please let me know. Additionally, please keep me updated on Molly’s situation, and with anything the veterinarian tells you, if you do take Molly to see one.