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    Question Odd Fur...

    Well, since the day we got Dodge 6 years ago her fur has been a bit odd.
    The fur along the top of her back and all over her neck is very thick and rough, whereas the fur on both her sides, and part of her tail is very thin, and in summer she SOMETIMES even goes bald in small places on her sides.
    When we first got her, the owner was trying to give her to us for free because she had a skin condition! The skin condition was cleared up in no time, but i often wonder if that could be a reason why her fur is like this. I have seen photos of a few Kelpies with the same thing, and they have only ever been Blue and tan kelpies! I don't mind her fur being like this but i am just wondering what could be causing it.
    Here are some photos, it is not as obvious in the photos as it is in real life.
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    My brother had a tan Kelpie who was prone to skin conditions where the fur would thin out and the skin would get very dry.

    I currently have a Bull Mastiff X who has something similar around the base of her tail on her back her hair is quite thin and she gets dandruff and dead skin in patches, it was getting pretty bad and vets keep saying it probably has to do with fleas but she doesn't have any fleas, I have started using a medicated shampoo which seems to help a bit. Someone suggested it might be some sort of heat rash as well though so giving them something to dunk themselves in too cool their skin off could help.
    As you said I don't mind I love her either way but I just hope it is not itchy or painful.

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    What spot on treatments are you using?
    Are her paws affected?
    She is also a dilute & I often have trouble keeping diluted coat colours in as good a condition as their darker pack mates. I feed them extra Chia, eggs & olive oil which dose help some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    What spot on treatments are you using?
    Are her paws affected?
    She is also a dilute & I often have trouble keeping diluted coat colours in as good a condition as their darker pack mates. I feed them extra Chia, eggs & olive oil which dose help some.
    We use either Advantage or Frontline, on her.
    Nah, her paws are not effected, it's only in the areas i mentioned, and once i noticed her fur was very thin on the top of her head.
    Dodge Loooooves eggs, and often gets eggs as a treat, for a while she was sneaking through a hole in a fence over to the neighbors place and steeling the eggs out of their chicken pen, until she got caught in the act one day!

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    Sometimes it's diet, sometimes it's genetics, and sometimes it's allergies.

    What do you feed her besides eggs? Maybe a different brand of dry would help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Sometimes it's diet, sometimes it's genetics, and sometimes it's allergies.

    What do you feed her besides eggs? Maybe a different brand of dry would help?
    Dodge has had a large range of different dry foods throughout her life, and that has never effected her fur. I am thinking it is genetics, even though neither her parents or her litter mates had the same thing.

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    Have you had a skin scaping done at the vet?
    Like Hyacinth say it can be genetics, sometimes allergies but there are also different mites & chicken lice that can do simalar also.
    The fact that her paws are not affect I am leaning away from allergies at the moment.
    I would use Avocate spot that covers all the mites, lice & other nasties just encase as not all dogs affect by mites have full on systoms & hair loss. My TM bitch Pearl got mites from killing these 2 foxes & her coat look quiet simalar to your dogs & she hardley itched yet Bubba had bald patches, a terrible smell & was driven mad by the itch.
    I would give her a wash in an anti fungal dog shampoo before you use the spot on also. These 1 most vets stock in a blue bottle(maybe someone else will know the name) that starts with m I think thats just great & not too dear.

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    I've heard of some skin conditions being treated with antibiotics too, though not sure if that will help the fur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    I would give her a wash in an anti fungal dog shampoo before you use the spot on also. These 1 most vets stock in a blue bottle(maybe someone else will know the name) that starts with m I think thats just great & not too dear.
    Malaseb, Crazy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
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    Yes I think that may be it, I have had great results with stuburn fungal rashes with it.

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