5 Year Old Labrador Going Bald

Discussion in 'Labrador health' started by Linda Hollindale, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Linda Hollindale

    Linda Hollindale Registered Users

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    A year ago my then 5 year old black lab started itching and chewing himself. Vet ruled out fleas, but told us to try changing his food which we did, have tried various shampoos which were then recommended, and he was given a cone to wear to stop him chewing himself (a year later we're on cone #3), as soon as it's removed he's chewing himself or scratching. Vet seems to have run out of ideas so we have continued shampooing him every week and brushing him every day but he is almost bald on his back. We've tried antihistamines, salmon oil in his food, brushing, bathing him but the vet thinks it's become a habit with him. Any ideas? Don't think he wants to be wearing a cone indoors for the rest of his life either.
     
  2. J.D

    J.D Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    I would get him a referral to a dermatologist to find the cause. Must be miserable for him.
     
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  3. Ski-Patroller

    Ski-Patroller Cooper, Terminally Cute

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    What happens if you don't bathe him? Could the frequent baths be adding to the problem?
     
  4. Linda Hollindale

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    The bath seems to relieve him for 2/3 days. I have dropped his bath from 2 a week to just the one when he's really itchy. I'm hoping these different antihistamines and anti itch tablets will work as he's been a bit better today. I'm also trying a chill jacket which has been helpful so far so fingers crossed for him.
     

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