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my dog has a huge bald spot!

i was petting my dog and saw on his left shoulder a huge bald spot the size of a quarter. round, no hair, just skin. i called the groomer and asked her if she had ever noticed this spot, she said it's been there for many months. she probably brought it to my attention but we talk so much about so many things when she grooms...........anyways, any ideas? it's not ring worm cuz it's no where else on his body and hasn't changed in size. i have not spilled anything hot on him,i always keep him away from the stove when i cook. he never rolls in anything, could it be the chip? i am going to the vet monday. quite a mystery.
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Could it be where he received a shot? Here's a post from Susan (mckennasedona) about McKenna's reaction to her rabies shot. Not only did she lose hair at the injection site, she developed a lump, too. Maybe you can search other threads and see what else you can find.

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the last shot was his rabbie about 2 years ago, he gets his monthly shots for his addisons but it's a needle that goes under the skin, he doesn't even realize he's getting a shot. hmm, need to investigate further
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Is it red or infected? I have heard about "hot spots" but I do not fully understand them yet? I wonder if this is a hot spot?



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Is he getting his shots in the area that's bald? Since he's getting cortisone/prednisone, this may be another cause of hair loss.

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no hot spot, no infection, no inflammation, just bald! we have cut his prednisone to 1/4 pill every 4th day and hopefully in the next few months take him off it all together. i thoughtmaybe his chip moved? i don't now. taking him to the vet today
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Let us know what the Vet says, ok?



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Hope you get good news today and it is nothing to worry about.

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I don't think the microchip could cause hair loss, even if it has moved.

How is his coat in other places? Does it seem to be thinning out or is it still thick everywhere else and only absent in this one spot?

Linda, a "hot spot" is basically just a red, irritated area. It would be similar to us getting a rash or poison oak or something similar.
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