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Old 11-18-2012, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I'm new to the site, and this would be my first post... I have a 4 year old female White German Shepherd. As far as I can remember, she has had pink skin, but all the information I have found states that white Shepherds should have dark skin.

The problem we're having is, she sheds like a devil, much more than normal shedding. When I brush her, which is often, it seems to grow as fast as I can brush it... I can brush the same spot for ever, and the fur just keeps coming. My vet said she is probably allergic to something. So, first we got rid of the cedar chip dog bed.. no change. I was told some dogs are allergic to chicken, so I've tried many dog foods without chicken products. I just switched her food a couple weeks ago now to Orijen 6 fish blend. It hasn't made a difference yet, but if it doesn't, I'm running out of ideas. The only other thing I can think of, is the tap water that she gets in her dish might be the problem?? Any one ever had this as a problem??

Any help would be greatly appreciated. The vet in the town I live in I feel is not the greatest.

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where do you live? Different places have different tap water...
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On the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada... our tap water doesn't have much chlorine in it compared to most major cities, but it's the only other thing that I can think of, and will be the next change.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Borderline hypothyroidism. Very specifically find a vet who will send bloodwork to Hemopet.

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the reply... just looking at the link you posted, the only symptom out of all of them that she has, would be the hair loss. She is most definitely not lacking in the energy department, not aggressive in any way, and not gaining weight. She's a thin dog, as are a few of her 11 siblings.

I will check with the local vet this week and see about some bloodwork.

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Is the excessive shedding something that just started or has she always been this way? Is she getting bald spots?
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Is she a coated white GSD or a shorter coat? Our Stock Long Coat White GSD is a major non-stop shedder. It's hard for us to tell when she is blowing her coat...it's just a constant shed-a-thon. I can brush her everyday and get a huge amount of hair.

I think it seems like she sheds so much because of the long hair and the many different kinds of hair that she has.
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Glad you read it. Keep in mind, the article notes gray area....soemwhere between hypothyroid and not but heading to. When in this area, natural suppliments like kelp can be added to the diet (contains Iodine).

Reg. T4 blood work will only show a thyroid shut down. Check the links (in blue) from that link as well to read up on adrenal disorders - namely cushings...prevention is key.

Let us know what you find
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Does she have hair loss or just excessive shedding because those are two totally different things. If it's just massive shedding, well...Some dogs shed more than others. Not sure if you've ever had a German Shepherd before or not but they're nicknamed "German Shedders" for a reason. Most will shed a decent size pile, especially when blowing coat.

As for the skin, could you post pictures? If she's always had pink skin and never any problems (ie. rashes) then it's probably normal pigment for her.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeah, she's always had pink skin (as far as I can remember) But no rashes, dandruff, and she's never scratching or gnawing anywhere. She seems healthy other than the shedding. I don't see any bald spots, and i don't think I would call it excessive hair loss. She did have worms a couple months ago, so we treated her for that. Her scat looks healthy now.

I grew up with a shepherd, and don't remember anywhere near the shedding I have to deal with now. She always has been a shed demon, but it seems to be getting really bad right now, and it's getting in to winter here with colder temperatures, so she shouldn't be blowing her coat.





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