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What do you mean by his thyroid was a little off?
Did any vet do a skin scraping to look for mites or a ringworm culture?
Is it possible for you to take a picture of his hair loss and post it or attach it to your next message?
Thanks for the information. First and foremost, if the thyroid level was low or low normal, that needs to be investigated further because it could be caused by hypothyroidism. A full thyroid panel with a T4, Free T4, TSH and thyroid antibodies should be ran to be complete. I would also get a skin scraping to rule out Demodectic mange and a ringworm culture. Neither Demodex nor ringworm are usually itchy. Besides hypothyroidism, there are many other hormonal causes of hair loss, and they may need to check for Cushing's disease (especially if there is increase in drinking, urination and/or appetite), run a sex hormone/growth hormone assay and even consider a skin biopsy. There are some diseases that cause the hair follicles to stop working or just go dormant. Certain individuals with certain hair colors (i.e.; the bluish color) tend to have hair loss in those areas. Some of these issues can be seasonal and some permanent. In many cases, if there is a hormonal or hair follicle cause, the problem tends to be just cosmetic and doesn't affect them in any other way. Seeing a picture of the hair coat would probably help a lot, so if you can get that picture, I would be more than happy to look at it. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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