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Django has always had a beautiful tail, very thick and full. I have noticed the past 5 weeks that his tail has thinned tremendously. I called the groomer to make sure she didn't think his tail (I knew she hadn't but wanted to double check). She said no.

It's the strangest thing. Its as though he went from 100 hairs down to30. That drastic. Has anyone experienced anything like this with their Hav? Of course, I am concerned there's something else going on with my little guy. We have a vet visit in 2 weeks for his monthly shot so I will talk to the vet about it as well.
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That is odd, hair loss can be hormonal or caused from Thyroid problems, medications or even pulling..other dogs playing/pulling maybe? ,but I imagine you'd notice that so I'd wonder about the first two.

I would have the vet test his thyroid and maybe he can give you some other ideas on what could cause it.

Gucci's tail isn't as beautiful as it was before she was spayed,but she's never had a significant loss in a short time,

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I have throid disease and in times of stress, my hair gets really thin, sometimes bald spots.

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I don't know the answer to this but a beautiful cream coloured long hair German Shepherd we meet when out walking has lost a significant amount of fur from his profuse tail,it is such a shame.

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Addison's dogs often have coat thinning across the back and tail it can come from too low cortisol, or it could be a side affect of prednisone. Dogs with Cushings can have thinning also. There are many side affects from prednisone that are the same things found in dogs with Addisons. Sometimes the problem can be fixed by giving less or more prednisone. My dog Boo Boo had thinning before we knew he had Addison's, we thought it was old age, since going on the prednisone his tail got thicker and his coat has not gotten any thinner and this winter he had a very full under coat almost like old times. We give him 5 mg every other day this seems perfect for now. Addison's is very complex no two dogs, even of the same breed have the exact same symptons, there are general things that they may all go through, often not in the same order. Sometimes I think Addisons is getting all the blame, well hormones influence the whole body and the treatment as well as the diease has many side effects.

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Funny you should post this, I thought it could be the prednisone. We have been dealing with muscle tremors since February and have to up his dose from once a month to almost every day. I noticed his tail changing about 2 grooming sessions ago (10 weeks) but thought it was just me. My husband just noticed his tail recently and I just said today I wonder if it's the pred. He's a delicate little flower as we say and there's always something going on with him. We just started spreading his prednisone doses out a bit, every 3-4 days so maybe things will start looking better soon.
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I had a Pom many years ago that had that happen. The vet tried various medications but it was not until I started feeding grain free that his hair grew back in. Just a thought. LB

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Little Buddy, Three or four days apart seems a long time, don't be scared of the prednisone get it too work for your dog, maybe a lower dose every two days, the way I understand it is you do not want it to dip to low, it can take awhile to find a dose that works for your dog. Prednisone replaces the cortisol that our dogs no longer make and it is part of a complex chain, with out it much more damage can occur. Talk it over with your vet. Yes these guys are very delicate. I hope your guy gets to a even keel soon and just enjoys life.

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Oh, I know the joys of prednisone. My dog was on 1/8 of 1MG once every 30 days. Crazy i know, even the vet was scratching his head at this. At time he would need it more frequently, I am very in tune with my dog and can tell immediately when he needs it. Doesn't eat, low energy, etc. etc. So, we went from once a month to every day to get him out of the rut. now we are at once every third day but I watch him like a hawk and any sign of possible dipping, he gets a pred, i even give him one if he isn't exhibiting symptoms because it's better to give him a bit more then try to get him out of the black hole. He's in a good place right now so I think we will stick to every third day.
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When my Kirby was on prednisone for thrombocytopenia his tail thinned considerably. He has been off it for some time now and his tail is back to normal.

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