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Anyone have a Pomeranian with Alopecia?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by rilly10, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

    May 18, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    I was wondering if anyone on here has a Pom with Alopecia. I have one and it seems way more common than I originally thought. I see them everywhere now even on TV! Anyone on here with one? I was thinking of starting a FB group so we can share and discuss treatments, care, and pics that only another Alopecia Pom Mom (or Dad) would understand! :)
     
  2. Haunted Chicken

    Haunted Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our little Abbey had alopecia. We had to put her down last year (15 years old). 3 1/2lbs and very little fur, but cute as could be. We adopted her from a friend who said her fur never grew back after a summer shave when she was a pup. She had fur on her head and feet, that's it. She looked awful if she didn't have a lions cut lol. She refused to walk in a coat so couldn't really play outside or go on walks. She'd just sit and shiver. Hope you get some responses from those who still have their fur babies =)
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    All the time? Or just in winter?

    If it is just in winter, you treat it just like SAD. Increased light and melatonin pills.
     
  4. Haunted Chicken

    Haunted Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Abbey would grow a bit of under coat with fish oil added to her diet, but the actual fur never came back in. Wish I would have known about Melatonin =)
     
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Do a search on "coat funk". Nordic breeds tend to be more susceptible. There appears to be more than one cause - The Black Skin Disease, Alopecia X, Sebaceous Adenitis and Post Shaving or Post Clipping Alopecia, etc.

    Age can also make it worse. My Keeshond always had somewhat sparser hair growth around his collar and on the backs of his thighs, but it wasn't very noticable. Now that he's well over 14 his hair loss is accelerating.
     
  6. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

    May 18, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    Thanks for sharing about your precious fur baby! She sounds like such a doll. I am thinking of a lion cut for this spring as the "mangey" look doesn't do it for me anymore. My husband is holding on to what hair she has left though and is against the shave. I see it as inevitable, and at least it would make it easier to apply topicals if needed as her skin gets soooo dry.
     
  7. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

    May 18, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    Mine is all the time going on 4 years. She has had all of the testing, U of Kentucky lab work seen 2 specialists, melatonin, skin scrapings, flax seed oild with lignins, topical treatments, and a brief steroid treatment, but to me her liver is more important than her fur :)

    My girl is 6 now and it started around 3 years to become really noticible. She is a spayed pomeranian, no thyroid issues. I love her anyway!
     
  8. Haunted Chicken

    Haunted Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had great results using the fish oil to control the dry skin. It came in a pump bottle from Costco. We just put one pump on her food each day and she loved it. Sorry I can't remember the name. It made a world of difference. Hope this helps.
     
  9. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

    May 18, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    I will give it a shot! I used to give her the salmon oil...don't remember why I stopped [​IMG]
     
  10. kapsa

    kapsa New Egg

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    I have a male pom that just started having issues with alopecia this past summer. I would love info on how other people have handles it!

    Meg
     

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