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What's happening to my dog!

Well, tonight i was rubbing Djangos face and ears, giving him a little rub down and I felt what appeared to be a patch of dry skin right in front of his ear between the ear and the eye, closer to the ear. As i am investigating further i see what looks like chunks of dry skin. I took him to the vet yesterday for his monthly shot and he has something similar on his tail. The vet said it's just dry skin,he did test it to make sure it wasn't anything like fleas or mites, came back fine and he believes the prednisone is what is making the hair on his tail thinner.
So, as i am pushing hair around to see what this dander particles are i realize small chunks of hair are coming out. Theres a patch about the size of a quarter that has no hair, this dander and if i pull what's left in that area, it comes out with such ease that the dog doesn't even notice!

of course, i am going out of town tomorrow so I called the vet and am taking him as soon as I land back home next week. He's not bothered by it, didn't flinch when i pulled the hair out so i stopped, didn't want to make the area worse. what could this be? Could this be the prednisone? Django also gained another pound due to the pred. The vet suggested trying to put an additional day between doses, will tackle that when I return as well.
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Aww, poor Django! We still love his little book!
Could it be mange? I know that sounds yukky. It also makes sense that it could be from the Pred. I really don't have any idea what is wrong but please give the little guy hugs from me.

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poor Django. I believe it is likely the prednisone. or the addisons itself.

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Just want to send good thoughts Django's way I know he's been through a lot and I'm glad whatever it is doesn't seem to be painful.

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Sorry to hear this, it could be the prednisone but usually hair thinning comes on after being on prednisone for a long time. Boo Boo gets the dry skin and has thinner hair on his back and tail in the summer, when the winter come his undercoat is very thick. I give him a product called omagaderm it comes in packets, it is made by Virbac (they make many dog pharmaceuticals) it is essential fatty acids, this is what the dermatologist recomended 1 packet in his food everyday. I can tell the difference because he is old so his skin is very thin, he does not scratch and his hair is not as dry. It is also good for his heart (he has a heart problem also). Boo Boo has been getting prednisone every other day and it has work well for us.

Before my Havenese girls flea allergy and deep pyoderma was found, she was also put on Omegaderm every day it made her coat very greasy and hard to dry. Today she still takes it, but in the late spring and summer months and only one packet a week, it helps with itching if she gets bit by a flea.

You might ask your Vet if it is ok to try, it is reasonably priced and you can order it from Entirely Pets. Sometimes you have to change the prednisone to get it right but it really does make them feel better and less stressed. Hope you find a way to deal with this new issue.

Boo Boo had the opposite problem his hair thinned to the point that my grandaughter suggested we give him a comb over and rename him Mr. Trump...after starting the Prednisone his hair came back not as thick but enough that he does not need that comb over.

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thanks for the tip. i am going to the vet next week and will ask him about that powder. i think it's the pred as well but the weird thing is that it's got that gross flaky dandruff type stuff all around it as well. i am going to check out that product on line right now
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