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My chihuahua is losing her hair and the black skin shows. She

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My chihuahua is losing her hair and the black skin shows. She is turning colors from a blonde to a black dog. Is something wrong with her?
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago
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Where on the body is this hair loss and pigment change?

 

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
This started within the past year. The hair loss includes part of her face and head, her legs, and her underbelly.
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago
While there are many possible causes (allergies, skin infections, endocrine or organ disease), This breed is commonly known to get just what you describe, known as seasonal or endocrine alopecia.

This is seen as a change over the sides of the body (flanks) in the hair thickness and color. It commonly manifests as a darker color in the fur (hyperpigmentation) and even hair loss.

In these cases, a skin biopsy would help in making this diagnosis, as well as ruling out other causes such as skin infections or other endocrine diseases.

If the hair does not regrow, or you would like to discuss medical therapy with your vet, melatonin is recommended in these cases.

I hope this information helps!
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