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    Okay so i think i made a thread about this ages ago... but it has gotten worse so i am asking for opinions again...
    Basically for Dodges whole life she has had very very thin fur on her sides. The fur on her neck and along her back is very thick but the fur on both her sides is insanely thin particularly in summer. And this summer she has actually gone bald on both sides... there is a patch of no fur about the size of a fist on either side...
    I am thinking i might give her a bath with some medicated shampoo to see if that does anything for it... reckon it might help?

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    Oh bless her, she is balding isnt she.
    I notice the grass. is she allergic?
    Does she have fleas? is she flea treated effectively? A few tried and trusted brands are no longer effective in Australia. long grass is flea ridden usually.
    I would hold on the medicated shampoo. It could make matters worse not better. It will definately dry her out, so itching will increase.
    Is she licking and worrying her baldish spots? or is this a natural shedding process, but gone over board?
    Is the skin intact? dry? oily? and hot spots?
    Diet? what does she eat. Include treats?

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    your dog grows its own mowhawk......... trendy lil bugger
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    poor baby. i hope she feels better soon

    sorry.......you could call her a ridgeback now

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    To me it looks like the guard hairs have come out and only the fluffy undercoat remains. I was once told that when hair loss is uniform, like showing on your dog that it could be hormonal??? How true that is I cannot say, but if the skin is in good health I suppose it could be possible.

    I have seen some blues and also fawn Kelpies that do seem to be mostly undercoat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    To me it looks like the guard hairs have come out and only the fluffy undercoat remains. I was once told that when hair loss is uniform, like showing on your dog that it could be hormonal??? How true that is I cannot say, but if the skin is in good health I suppose it could be possible.

    I have seen some blues and also fawn Kelpies that do seem to be mostly undercoat.
    Yes that is what its like... all the guard hair has gone... but i always remember he being like this... her whole life!
    and i too have seen many blue and fawn Kelpies with the same thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Oh bless her, she is balding isnt she.
    I notice the grass. is she allergic?
    Does she have fleas? is she flea treated effectively? A few tried and trusted brands are no longer effective in Australia. long grass is flea ridden usually.
    I would hold on the medicated shampoo. It could make matters worse not better. It will definately dry her out, so itching will increase.
    Is she licking and worrying her baldish spots? or is this a natural shedding process, but gone over board?
    Is the skin intact? dry? oily? and hot spots?
    Diet? what does she eat. Include treats?
    I wouldn't say she is allergic at all... she has always been happy and is never scratching at it at all! She doesn't seem to notice it at all...
    She doesn't have fleas... we treat her with frontline every month
    looking at the skin i would say that it looks a tiny bit dry... otherwise it looks normal...
    her diet is just whatever dry food we happen to have bought... we change it all the time... (we do that for Koda and Dodge)
    we usually buy supercoat but we often buy other brands such as Cobber and Bonnie.
    Treats consist mainly of bread crusts, boiled eggs large chunks of meat/bones.
    and she occasionally catches her own rabbits...

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    One thing I did always feed to my Kelpies and still do with all my dogs and that is sardines.
    About once or twice per week a very small tin mixed in with their regular meal.

    I also remember leasing a very nice red bitch from a dry part of NSW. She had a very poor rough coat. We improved her diet and washed her coat fortnightly for a while and used a rubber washing up glove (easiest and cheapest dog brush) to strip the dead coat. Several months later her breeder was surprised to see she was in fact a lovely albeit slightly lighter than normal chocolate Kelpie.

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    blue kelpies seem to have shocking skin, cut out the bread crusts at a minimum and I would be tempted to take her off the cheap grain filled foods as well. I use Vets All Natural for my dogs even the bad skin ones, but her skin needs nourishing from the inside out. At the very least look into something like the Sprinter Gold Energy E oil, cheapest omega for dogs you will find Welcome to Greyhound Products Direct

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    could be diet?
    i know a mate had a cat that had bald spots and came good after a diet change.

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