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My 6 month old mini poodle is got patches of hair gone.

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My 6 month old mini poodle is got patches of hair gone. Front legs and on hip. Skin is not red just as smooth as a baby bottom. Does scratch some but not real bad. Just had him neutered a week ago. Getting ready to board hi. For a few days. Don't want a risk to other dogs
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry to hear about this concern.

I assume there was no hair loss prior to when he was neutered?

Scratches. Does he lick or chew his feet at all?

Does he lick or chew at his butt area or above his tail?

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No hair loss before. He scratches some but behind ears. No hair loss there. Just on front of legs and hip area
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No chewing on butt area
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not on his feet either
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


Those questions were gauged to help me determine if an underlying food and/or environmental allergy could be a contributing factor. Although I can't say 100% there is no allergy issue, it is lower on my list.

For this age, and to exhibit patchy hair loss, absolutely, the vet needs to rule-out mange. There is demodex (demodectic mange) which is not contagious to people, and there is scabies (sarcoptic mange) which can be a bit itchy and is contagious to people.

A simple skin scraping test at the areas of hair loss can check for mite (mange) issues.

So, even though there is no scabing, no redness, and likely no odor, its worth a vet check, as a mange issue will just keep causing more and more hairloss.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy