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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-15-2017, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thinning Hair on Nose

Hello everyone, I have read some threads on thinning hair but they are all quite old...so wanted to post a pic of my Eddie to get your opinions. Eddie is a rescue that we have had for 3 months. He is 9, a registered purebred from the US brought up to Canada to be part of a breeding program but then my knowledge of his story takes a nosedive. I donít know anything about his line and what his coat Ďshouldí be like.

When we got him this fall the hair on his nose was thin, which wasnít overly concerning to me as he is quite old. However it appears to be getting thinner. He is generally not an itchy dog, I donít notice him scratching much. He does rub his face in the corner of his bed when he is rolling around being crazy, so itís possible the nose does itch him a bit? But it canít be that bad.

He eats Acana Seniors formula and is treated with Acana treats, cheese and sometimes hot dogs.

So a few questions...is thinning hair on the nose common in elderly Havanese?

If not, any idea what could cause this and is it something I should be concerned about?

Iíll try and post a pic. First one is from the week he came to us, 2nd is a close up today. (Hair looks quite thick in the first one, but we could definitely see right through it even then).
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I would take Eddie to a veterinary clinic that specializes in dermatological issues. You can find them by researching online.
The sooner you get the right diagnosis the better.
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Hi, Chila,

Eddie is a very cute boy. At 9 years old, he is not yet a senior dog. He is a mature adult. He won't really be a senior for a couple more years

I don't think that most Havanese have thinning hair due to age, and Eddie's nose does not look like an age-related thing. I would have his Vet check his skin to figure out what is going on there.

Please keep us posted.

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Thanks guys, I made Eddie and I an appointment to see the vet this Thursday, so Iíll keep you posted. After doing more reading Iím wondering if it could be his thyroid? Guess weíll see!
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Our first Havanese got thinning hair on her tail and the vet never noticed it until I pointed it out. It was her thyroid and required lifelong medication. Wishing you luck and hope that it is nothing serious.

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Just updating post vet visit! She was a little stumped as there are no obvious signs of infection or irritation or anything, so she would like us to investigate the possibility that it could be behavioural . He is a nervous guy, so while he likes his crate, itís posssible he is rubbing his face on it while he is crated during the day...so we are going to video tape him and see. We are also adding omega 3ís and Duoxo (a skin conditioner) for a month and see if we can get any improvement.

If not, weíll go back in a month or so for bloodwork to rule out thyroid. She would also like to do a punch biopsy...but thatís big bucks. So weíll definitely wait and see if it progresses significantly before doing that.

For this if you that give your dog an omega 3....do you just put the capsule in their food as is? Or do you break it? And how many mgís are the capsules you use? She said one per day...but I never asked how big of a capsule and they can really vary in size!!
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How long is he in a crate each day? I'm hoping not for long, (like half an hour.) If he is confined for longer times than that he needs to be in an ex-pen with room to move around, with food and water, and a puppy pad for eliminating, in addition to having his crate in there for comfort and naps if he wants. There are set-ups others have posted photos of on here, you can search for photos.

Edited to add: This is Karen Randalls' set up, post #3.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/82-intr...endations.html

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Hi everyone,
I wanted to update this thread, as I often search old threads and find them really helpful!

As it turns out Eddie was indeed severely hypothyroid. I noticed a bald spot on his tail in addition to his nose and took him back for blood work....and they couldn’t even get any thyroid hormone to register when they tested him! So we’ve been medicating him since and within a week or two of putting him on meds we saw a massive increase in his energy level....it was wonderful!

Over the winter we continued to struggle with separation anxiety, and really timid and fearful behaviours so we made the decision along with our vet to try some medication. We started with situational Diazepam, but it wasn’t that helpful, and moved to daily Prozac. My oh my what a difference! Eddie came out of his fearful shell and just enjoys life so much more now. He greets people when they come to our house now (he never had any interest in people other than me previously), he can stay home with my husband and kids when I go out and not drive them crazy barking and pacing. He enjoys getting out for walks, and even acknowledges and greets other dogs at the dog park now...something he never did before as he was so preoccupied with staying near me out of fear that I would up and leave him there.

I know not everyone is in support of meds, and I know they certainly aren’t right for every dog, but for our Eddie, with his recent rescue and a past we know very little about, it has given him a new lease on life and I am so glad we decided to give them a try!

We are hopeful that in 6mos or a year we can taper him off of them, but for now they are the right solution for our situation.

Anyway, here’s a pick from today on the deck at the lake. You can see all the hair regrowth that has happened on his nose. Our groomer was just thrilled!!
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Thanks for the update! Glad to hear things are going so well.



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This is wonderful news and I'm so happy for Eddie--and your family, too!

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