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Q. For the last three years my dog gets itchy. She looses hair on both of her hips. Starches all the time. Vet tried setroids ect

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. Sounds like you're saying your dog gets itchy and loses hair at the same time every year? And that steroids were tried and didn't help? Certainly sounds like allergies, but if steroids didn't help I'd have to wonder if maybe she wasn't getting fleas. Has your vet tried putting flea killing products on her, or do you use a monthly flea preventative?

If it's not fleas, and steroids didn't help AT ALL (and I put that in caps because sometimes there are allergies that don't completely resolve with steroids alone) then I'd consider a biopsy of the site to see if she has something unusual like cyclic flank alopecia, which responds to melatonin treatment.


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