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Ceasar (GSD male) is now 2,5 years old. He lives in Greece (North of Athens).Last November he started losing, in the area between ribs and heaps (right side), his black part of hair, revealing his silver coat, in a shape close to an elipse and in size of a big palm (it started as a circle of 1 inch). Almost same time he started losing on his left side, same area, circle size (diameter 1 inch). Left side remained steady, while the right side worsened by losing (january) also the silver coat. After a treatement with vitamin E and a non istamine based untiallergic pill for 20 days, a specialised dermatologist gave us and a negative result on a biopsy he did, he started gradually (but slowly) to replace both silver and black coat. Until now he has replaced the 90% of the initial condition. Now he is getting worse on the left side.
We did some blood tests for his hormones (except thyrosin). Everything was normal.
His food form day 1, we took him, is approved by his doctor.
Despite this coat issue, he remains strong, joyfull, with good appetite.
Any ideas will be strongly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
 

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What food is he eating? Being approved by the vet is meaningless, IMHO. The vets all sell Science Diet, which is crap, so their opinion on foods is worthless, usually. He may be allergic to something in his food, although I don't know since it seems that there is a pattern to the hairloss, but it's still possible.

What do you feed him and how long has he been on it?
 

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Could it be a thyroid problem? This can sometimes cause patchy growth in the coat.

Also, do you have any pictures? I'm having a hard time picturing it from your description.
 

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KodeeGirl,

I know what you mean with your comment about doctors.
But, since I am fan of branded products, I started feeding him with Nutro's dry food for puppies for 6 months, then I switched to Royal Canine dry food for puppies and then stayed in Royal Canine's dry food for German Shepherd (24).
I complement his food with some cheese (moslty yellow cheese) to help him with the taste.
I have changed the complements (cheese I mean) but I cannot see any difference (suspected allergy).

BrennasMom,

Could be thyroid and I plan to make these special exams (it is a little bit complicated since the blood has to be taken by the doctor specific hours on specific days etc). Concerning the photo I will get one and put it here so for you to see.

Thanks both of you for your replies.
 

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kostas, you are going to get a bunch of replies that Royal Canine GS-24 isn't good food. But I have 4 GSD's on it, one female it is the only food that seems to agree with her and my male who has Allergy problems and will have flare ups of Pancreatitis on other foods does really well on it, they all have shiny coats, good stools and nice body weight.

I would test the thyroid function. If nothing there, you might want to try some Probioitics. This helps the digestive tract have lots of good flora, which helps in the digestion and absorbing the nutrients.

Val
 

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I guess my thoughts would be...just because one dog does well on a food...doesn't mean another will. I would definitely start with the food....and go to a novel protein..... like fish with sweet potatoe...and see if there is any improvement in condition.
 

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Thank you all, for the ideas. I have to exclude (for the time being) the local treatment, since i tried it, plus there has been a biopsy and did show anything on this aspect. It showed though a shligh problem in the roots of the black hair, but vet could not justify the cause of it.
Next month I will proceed with the last hormone check (thyroid).
I will try to post some photos, so you to have an idea.
 
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