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We live in a residential/agricultural...
We live in a residential/agricultural area where people raise horses and barn animals. Our three mutts are scratching themselves raw and are losing their fur mostly in their rear end,back and legs. We have tried changing their dog food, adding oil in it with the hope that it is from dry skin. Kindly give advice...we are very concerned.
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Hello,

Sorry to hear about your dogs. Right off the bat I would be concerned with ecto-parasites. Things like fleas or mange. If there are not any fleas on them then I would be worried about sarcoptic mange. Sarcoptic mange is very contagious and has that pattern of hair loss. It also itches like crazy. Any rash like lesions on the people in the house? (people can get sarcoptic mange too). Best to get the whole crew to the Vet ASAP.

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