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I am going to the vet Monday.  Unless someone here tells me I'm being completely unreasonable.  This patch of hair loss on Reesie's neck just keeps getting bigger.  At first I thought I was just his collar.  Left the collar off for a week.  No improvement.  Was that long enought?  What a hassle to have no collar on...but I'll do it if need be.  Oh my, I just had a thought - do you think he's allergic to the nylon???  It's just one of those little cheap collars to tide us over until he's grown.  There are a few little bumps on the skin, not many.  why didn't I think of that before?  Is that possible?  Should I still go to the vet?  Wait, if he was allergic to the collar, wouldn't the problem be spreading around his neck?  You know, everywhere the collar touched??  Is is just "wear and tear"???   He seems perfectly healthy in every other way.  Eats great.  Gets plenty exercise etc. etc.

Here's the pic and share any and all opinions!!  PLEASE!!  and THANK YOU!!!!!

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Lord Chris.. I couldn't much hair loss unless it jumped to the arm that was along side him. PLEASE tell me that's not your arm.. on second thought.. maybe it's a leg.. eeuuw.. who's leg??

I'm kidding of course.. I betcha it's the nylon collar, and why not try a little Benadryl cream on it over night and see what happens??  Good luck and please stay in touch..

Reesie is a fine fine boy and he will grow up to be an awesome DoberMAN

smooches to the pooches

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Is that a metal buckle on the collar?  I had a doberman once that was allergic to metal, and her rabies tag made her break out just like that.  Had to use nylon webbed collars w/ plastic snap together buckles and leave off the metal tags.  It took a long time for the hair to grow back on her throat, too.  Just a thought.

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I hadn't even thought of the metal.  Who knew...  maybe some more time off from collars except for walks and try a new collar.  Thank you Paul.  You know how we notice every little stinkin' thing about our babies.  I drive myself and my husband crazy.  I keep asking him if he thinks the spot on the neck is worse.  I don't think he can tell much, but he told me to take him to the vet anyway - probably so I'll shut up. 

Oh Kate!  You made me smile this morning!!  So it doesn't look so bad to you?  I'm going to try a little cream on it this morning. 

The poor baby has to spend the day by himself - we won't be back until late.  So I may not post on it until tomorrow. 

Thanks again guys!

Lots of dogs have issues with the cheap metal in dog collars.  I've had bald neck stuff like that and it usually will resolve itself. Try a collar with a plastic clasp - Lupine makes a really good collar. 

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It is right where the collar would move up and down on the neck.  I'd switch collars away from metal, keep an eye on it.  If it doesn't resolve in a few weeks, go in to make sure.

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Spike had the same thing but had gone completely bald under the neck. we could not figure out what it was for such a long time and just decided it was the collar and havent used one since. we only use the prong on walks and have noticed a huge improvement over months of course because spike has very thin hair.

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Thanks everyone!  Bought a new collar today.  We went to the "big city" and took the human kids to Petsmart for the first time.  Reesie didn't make the trip b/c it was overnight.  This one is a Kong collar with plastic clasp.  I'm going to keep that name around Fitzmar  - thank you!

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After my older male Min. Schnauzer (Baron) got his collar hung and twisted when it caught on one of the bottom twists of a chain link fence (he was digging out - something he hasn't done since) and nearly choked to death (I thought he was gone when I brought him into the house and laid him on the kitchen floor) I have not kept a collar on any of my dogs. When I take them to my vet to board, the first thing they do now is take of the collar and hand it to me. They have not said anything, but they either lost one or had a close call as well.

If I am going to take the fur kids on a walk or in the vehicle, then the collars go on. Otherwise they go au naturale.

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Raven is going thru this- It is allergies- She wears no collar now unless outside (her IF collar) and it hasn't impoved. Doc said because she has such bad allergies that it may take some time and figuring to see exactly whats causing it! We go back Wednesday for bloodwork and to get a medicated shampoo to see if this helps it improve

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Oh, Raven.  These babies and their allergies.  I'm keeping a collar off Reesie now, except for going outside.  I'll look for an update on Raven.  Hope that goes well!

I think that if it were just my husband and I that I might consider letting my guys go naked - but I have two teenagers and lots of kids coming and going. I need to be able to grab their collar.  I've also had a history of bitch fights and so when I see a situtation develop, I need to be able to grab a collar and redirect.  What I don't do is keep any tags on their collars anymore - I never kept more than one tag on a collar.  I keep all of their tags on a clip in my front office - on display. So if animal control ever came around, I have their rabies tags, country registration tags, microchip tags, all within easy reach.

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Same here, Fitzmar. I dont put the tags on my dogs' collars because the metal irritates them, and the jingling drives me nuts when I'm trying to watch tv.  LOL   I keep their rabies and microchip tags on clip-on things that can attach easily to their collars if we happen to be going somewhere, like on vacation or someplace where their ID has to be on them. They are easily accessible to me in case I would have to prove that they have been vaccinated to anyone for any reason.  I keep collars off my dogs unless they are going out the door to go somewhere, and when I reach for a collar, they ALL want to be the one that gets chosen to go bye-bye for the day.

Mandy, I hope Raven's allergies get figured out and she recovers nicely.  Now that pollen season is coming to an end, that might have a lot to do with her allergies getting better, too.

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Well we went to the vet last night and she did another scrape just to be sure. She did a blood panel and 127$ later (just for a recheck mind you - which should have been 20$) we are on new meds and a stronger medicated shampoo! She gets her bath tomorrow and we have to bathe- just the infected areas after that 2X a week for 4 weeks! This should be fun! I will try and get a picture of her neck and post it- Reesie's looks like what hers started out as! She is in the buff except when she is outside and I have taken the tags off her collar (thanks for that idea Fitzmar!)

She is on Lincocin 500 Mg twice daily and they gave her Pyoben Shampoo... I hope this works! I am hoping that the bloodwork comes back ok!  Cisco went from 88 lbs last weigh in to 92.6 and raven is now 68 lbs. Dr Lusk says they both look great and healthy otherwise!

I hope Reesie fares better than little miss muffet!

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upDATE: BLOODWORK BACK!  Thyroid level is still ok. Unfortunately it looks like my princess has Canine Alopecia... :( Her hair may never grow back. We are going to do these meds and then go frm there. Has any of the vet techs or breeders dealt with this before?!?!?!?

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Yikes Mandy!!  I'm so sorry.  I hope that's not what Reesie has.  This has been a slowly increasing spot.  I hope it's from the metal.  I'll be anxious to see that pic.  How long did it take the hair to get really thin?

That's a good idea about keeping the tags on a clip by the door - I'm going to put my husband right on that!!!

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Mandy.. There is a remedy or at least one that inhibits more loss of hair.. go on line and check 'Blues' Regimen.'. it's fairly extensive involving different food and vitamins, and I read about it first on Doberman Chat.. ( wow.. it's been AGES since I visited that Forum) I was concerned about Sofia being a fawn and susceptible to CDA. SO far we're only experiencing thinning especially under her arms ( you know those front legs we call their arms?) and her belly is almost bare.. I haven't tried it... 

Oatmeal based shampoo is good and I've heard wonderful things about Nova Pearls.. (  unavailable here)

Good luck sweetie..

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Ella's losing hair on her neck too. I've been trying to keep her collar off lately.

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Ella baby!  Hope it's just a little sensitivity, as I am hoping for Reesie!!