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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Is it too early

I noticed my 11 week old puppy has lost some fur on his inner back leg thigh. I was wondering if this could be him losing his puppy coat or due to excessive licking. Usually he only licks after pottying.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 09:53 AM
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They really don't "lose" their puppy coat. Or at least you don't notice it until you pet them. The hair just changes consistency and you really shouldn't see bald spots anywhere. 11 weeks is kind of early to be losing the softness, and it generally starts on the back and moves down to the rest of the body.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 09:56 AM
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perhaps get him checked out.

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Have him checked for mange. And if he does have demodectic mange don't let them dip him! It's really common in puppies and usually goes away on its own.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 01:42 PM
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My puppy is 4 months and only just starting to get her adult coat, which didn't involve loosing her puppy fur first. And as other people said it starts with the tail/back and spreads. She has has a stripe down her back and tail for 2-3 weeks and literally nowhere else, so imo no, I would think it is something else.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 10:34 AM
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Tyde will be 12 weeks on Thurs. He had a bald spot on the underside of his tail, since we brought him home. The Vet didn't think it was mange and we just monitored it. It SLOWLY started growing hair, different textured hair, and now has some black adult hair growing around the light yellow/cream adult hair that grew in the bald spot.

He also has had a triangle/arrow looking section on the topside of his tail for about 3 weeks now, at first I thought it was a wet spot... Lol... but realized it was actually some shiney black adult hair. It has expanded now, and he now has a line down his back of adult hair as well. Soft, very smooth... not at all fluffly like his pup hair.

Haven't noticed any clumps of hair falling out, just different hair appearing.

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