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I have a 9-month old Doberman, Kaine, who is experiencing hair loss.  It is on his back, below his neck line.  It started out being a small round patch, approximatley the size of a nickle and as of today it's about the size of a half dollar.  I did call the vet today and he has an appointment tomorrow but I have always gotten such good advice from this forum that I decided to see what you thought.

Here are some particulars about Kaine.  His mother is a Red Doberman, Dad is Black/Tan.  He was neutured at 6-months and the vet told me to take him off the puppy food and start feeding him adult food.  (He said he'd get fat on the puppy formula)  He is fed Eukanuba.  It may be coinsidental but this is when we noticed the hair loss - All I can say is he had the most beautiful coat when he was on the puppy formula and I received many compliments regarding his coat.

Any kind of feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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I would bet it's either an allergic reaction or mites. The vet will be able to tell hopefully. You might try switching him back to the puppy food just to see if it clears up. He won't get fat unless he over eats the puppy food while he's still growing.

Does the skin look irritated around the spot?

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Thank you for your quick response.  There is no irritation.  It's dry and flakey (like dandruff). I was also considering putting him back on the puppy formula or mixing it in with the adult.  I wasn't too thrilled about taking him off of it. 

I'll let you know what the vet says tomorrow. 

Again, thank you.

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I took Kaine to the Vet this morning and he has "Puppy Mange."  I have to be honest, I was shocked when I heard those words.  I couldn't believe it!  The Vet on the other hand made it sound like it was no big deal.  He said we caught it early and was also amazed at the location of the hair loss.  He said it's usually on the face around the eyes or on the legs.  He put Kaine on ProMeris which has to be applied once every 2-weeks and has to be back for a follow up in exactly one month. 

Maybe it's not a big deal but no matter how big or small the situation may be - Kaine's my baby -  so it's always going to be a big deal to me.

I'm just so glad I took him to the vet!

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I was reading back through some of these posts, and came across this one again. I remembered that I had one dog over the years that had a similar problem. Gretyl was about a year old when she had a round spot of hair loss, and again it was on her back, but more toward her rear than her front.

There apparently are several types of mange, and the one your experiencing on Kaine and the one I experienced with Gretyl are easily treated and corrected. There is also two that are a reaction to mites, and in fact the "puppy mange" may be an early manifestation of demodectic mange which is not contagious and is easily cured.

After her treatment, Gretyl's hair all grew back and she never had another bout. She was also one of 5 Dobe's I had at the time, Pop, Mom and three offspring. None of the others ever had an outbreak either.

Let us know how Kaine is doing.

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My puppy Bella had demodectic mange.  It was horrible.  She then developed a skin infection from it and she looked as though she were a leper.  Anyway, with the medication which I don't recall what it was, but she had to be on it from 15 weeks until she was spayed at 6 months, missing link added to her food, and puppy vitamins to boost her immune system, she made a full recovery.  She looks great now and I was quite worried for some time.  Good luck, stick to the meds and I'm sure you'll have that beautiful coat back again.

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We had this exact same problem with Chief, round areas of hair loss that are dry/scaly.  It cleared up after changing his food to Lamb/Rice and has not returned since.

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I had noticed one spot on Raven near her shoulder blade about the size of a nickel a week ago and not I see two more spots of hair loss about the same size.  The skin is not irritated and to me it don't look flaky.  After reading this I will take her to the vet.  At first I thought it was frontline but when the other two place came up I knew it couldn't be that. 

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Well took Raven to the vet and she has puppy mange too.  He wants us to bring her there to put a cream on her every two weeks six times total.  Anyone else doing this?

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Raven is cured after 4 treatments.  The vet also said to use Promeris flea and tick control because it also fights the mites that cause mange.

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That is good information, thank you. And I am glad that Raven is all cleared up, but not nearly as happy as I know you are.