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Old 11-05-2012, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Skin turns black and tough after unusual heat cycle

So I'm taking in a retired brood bitch from the kennel I used to work for. Her current owner said that this past heat cycle, a couple of months ago, was odd-- she bled a LOT. Shortly after, all the hair on her belly/thighs fell out and the skin went from white/pink to BLACK. The vet was at a loss and thought it might be hormonal, and assured us that it doesn't hurt or itch. It is not mange. Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe test the thyroid. I think that is a sign of thyroid issues?
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did your vet culture her skin?
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, hair loss and thickened "elephantine" skin are classic signs of thyroid problems. As is bilateral hair loss (on both sides, starting with the belly).

The blood test for free thyroid hormone (T4, I think) is about $150, but if your dog is hypothyroid, the replacement hormones are cheap - around $30/month.

See my history of my rescue GSD in the "rescue stories" thread if you want to see the effects of low thyroid on skin and hair. It's definitely manageable though!
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