Question relates to my rescue, Gatsby, who has been slowly losing his fur over the last two months. Gatsby is approx. 1 1/2 years old and 20 lbs. I believe he's a Rat Terrier
/ Italian Greyhound
mix, although recently had his DNA tested and "official" results were: Shetland Sheepdog
, Rat Terrier, Dachshund
His fur loss started in October on the top of his nose
in an area that just looked a little white. I brought him to the vet in November when I noticed two bald spots about the size of a dime on each side of his body (in almost identical spots). They did a skin scrape and tested for mange which came back negative. The vet's initial thoughts was that this was nothing to worry about, that it's somewhat common in young dogs, possibly allergies, should go away on it's own, and that I should just keep an eye
on the hair loss.
Over the past month since the vet visit, the two dime size spots have started to fill in. His nose looks the same, maybe slightly better. But he's now lost a substantial amount of hair around both eyes, around his ears
, and the top of his head.
His diet from June - September was Solid Gold Wee-Bits (bison). I switched him to Wellness Core (grain-free) after noticing after doing research that suggested it could be a food allergy. I haven't noticed any changes in his eating habits or energy levels. He is a lean dog, extremely hyper and full of energy, and usually walked 3-4 times a day. All of my dogs are on heartworm pills and are given flea/tick medication regularly.
Any suggestions as to what may be causing this condition? At this point, would you recommend another test for mange, or bloodwork to rule out any thyroid issues?
Thanks in advance for your help!