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Just noticed bald spots on the back of my chocolate lab.

Just noticed bald spots...

Just noticed bald spots on the back of my chocolate lab.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name and age?

Smooth skin.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?

Taking prednisone, and another med for some type of anemia.

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Dr. John
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Where exactly are these bad patches?

How big are they?

Any skin lesions or redness with the bald patches?

Is she scratching a lot?

Is it possible for you to take a picture of the area and post it or attach it to your next message?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
On his back, thin, longish, looks like hair covers it up. I would say about 2 inches long, maybe 1.5 inches wide. No lesions or redness. Perfectly smooth, white. No scratching. No camera available. sorry

Thanks for the information. With allergies and flea issues, I would expect more itching. If there is not itchiness and no other skin lesions associated with it, I would probably do a skin scraping to look for Demodex. If he is on prednisone for an immune mediated disease, that will suppress his immune system, which may cause Demodex mites (which are a normal inhabitant of the skin) to proliferate in the hair follicles and cause hair loss. Ringworm would be another infectious issue I would look for because sometimes you may just see hair loss. Lastly, it is possible that the hair loss is due to the steroids causing iatrogenic (caused by treatment) Cushing's disease, which can cause hair loss. Seeing the actual lesions usually helps a lot, but running a few skin tests is necessary to come to a definitive diagnosis. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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