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My Bichon X Poodle, 5 years old, is losing his hair

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My Bichon X Poodle, 5 years old, is losing his hair on both sides of his body and the skin is turning black. He doesn''t seem to be bothered by it. The vet did blood work including thyroid and all were normal. However, his urine came back with an abnormal Cortisol. Could this be Alopecia or Cushings?
If the cortisol was off then Cushings is a possibility and you can read about this here
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_cushing_s_disease.html
You may want to do more testing on that.
There are lots of reasons for alopecia. You can see some of them here
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1593&articleid=421
You may find the dog responds to melatonin but before using that make sure the issue is not Cushings.
You can read about alopecia and melatonin here
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1487
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to NancyH's Post: Hi, Thanks for the quick reply. Can you tell me what other tests should be done to determine if it is Cushings?
I am retired and on a fixed income so thanks for the low fee. I just don't want my vet, who is nice, to do more tests than needed and rack up a hugh bill. Already paid $218. for labs. I have insurance but is Cushings inherited and from which breed Bichon or Poodle?
The website on Cushings goes over the testing on this page
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/confirming_cushing_s.html
Costs vary area to area so widely its hard to say how much something might run.

As cash flow is an issue here are some groups that might help you afford the vet bills including a health care credit card (carecredit) that can be used for vet costs so you can pay them off slowly:

American Animal Hospital Association
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

Angels 4 Animals
www.Angels4Animals.org
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need."

Care Credit
www.carecredit.com
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every
budget."

God's Creatures Ministry
http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html
"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

Help-A-Pet
http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html
"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
working poor."

IMOM
http://www.imom.org
"We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged."

The Pet Fund
http://thepetfund.com/
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care."

United Animal Nations
http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html
"The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care."
They also keep a list of local and national help resources here
http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=163
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