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I recently adopted a pitbull from a shelter. When I picked

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I recently adopted a pitbull from a shelter. When I picked him up he had a big circular scab on the top of his head. I asked the vet to check it and they said it was just a scab. The scab has finally come off but he has a circular bald spot and the skin looks kind of raised in the middle. Is this normal and is there a way to get the hair to grow back?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today. First, congratulations on your new adoption! I hope you have many years together :)

Depending on the cause of the original injury (trauma, bacterial, fungal, open) it should grow back on its own but it may take some time. The top of the head doesn't have as much blood supply as other areas of the body and can take months to regrow completely.

Unfortunately if there is damage to the hair follicles from the original injury it might not grow back naturally.

1.) High quality organic dog food with no by products

2.) Fish oil in high concentrations to promote a healthy coat and skin at 1500 mg EPA & DHA daily

3.) Vitamin E topically on the area (might not help but can promote healthy coat as well)

I hope this information is helpful to you but please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. I am on-line another 30 minutes but will return later this evening if your respond and I miss you. You don't want to apply a lot of creams or salves because it can damage the hair follicles and stunt regrowth in that area.

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