Our Bulldog started developing a bilateral, alopecia on her sides, also known as flank alopecia. It started as small spots that looked like pock marks, then they kept progressing until she had large, hairless patches on each of her sides. We were told they were mostly likely seasonal and due to diminished amounts of sunlight but they would mostly self resolve after a few months. The spots have, at times, started to appear to be resolving only to persist. We changed her food to a healthier brand. We are now changing her shampoo based off the recommendation of this site. Could the alopecia be caused by some sort of skin infection or bacteria? I am consider rubbing her sides with the malacetic wipes. Any thoughts or advice are much appreciated. Thank you!!!
Minnie started getting the spots at about 9 month, which was Decemeber 2012, so a little over a year ago. They started as small “pock marks” and grew into larger hairless patches that look a lot like the picture Dan posted. Her skin in the patches is also black like in Dan’s picture. Her hair started to grow back last July, but then stopped without the spots filling in completely. Then around the end of October, she started to get more spots and the problem has since worsened again.
We’ve tried changing her food. She was originally on eagle pack lamb and rice. But after some research, it seemed this wasn’t the best option and I thought she might be developing an allergy to it which was manifesting in the alopecia. We switched her to Blue Buffalo sensitive stomach salmon and potato but she had trouble adjusting and even after 3 bags her stool was soft, so then we switched her to Royal Canin Bulldog food which she is still on and doing very well on, so we are reluctant to switch her again.
We have been adding fish oil to her food, but I think the melatonin might be a good idea, because I’ve now heard that from a few sources.
Thank you everyone for taking the time to write back and offer your advice. It’s much appreciated!