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Are the puppies still nursing?
What diet is she on?
How old is she?
Is she scratching a lot?
Where exactly is the hair loss?
Thanks for the information. Sorry about the wait. I had to step into surgery for a minute. I would probably get the pups off the nursing and put her on a dry puppy diet. The puppies are most likely sucking more nutrition out of her than she is taking in. Malnutrition can also lead to hair loss. The stress of pregnancy and nursing though can cause Demodectic mange, which is a skin mite infection that can take over if the immune system is depressed. Normally not a problem in otherwise healthy adult dogs, but her system is being stressed. I would have your vet do a skin scraping in the area to rule out mange (you will not see any problems on the puppies at this young age, and it would have been transferred by nursing anyway). A skin infection can also be a result of the stress on her body, but you would probably see some red bumps or scabbed/scaly lesions. I cannot rule out potential fleas, but I would expect her to be scratching more. She most likely just needed added nutrition and to stop nursing. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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