I have been looking at Doug and trying to figure out what is different about him. It took me a few days but I realized that the spots on his back, his dark skin spots (not his brown cow patches), have been getting darker. Then I realized that the spots were not actually getting darker, but instead, his hair was falling out, thus I could see the spots better.
Here is Doug from one year ago.
Here is Doug from this past December.
Here is Doug now. Please note the very fancy line I added to show exactly where the hair loss starts. I’m so scientific.
I posted the situation on our FB page and there were so many AWESOME ideas of what it could be – seriously, you guys are the best! We went to the vet, got some tests done and:
- It’s not fleas (I would have moved). Once we were settled in a new, non-flea home, I would have sued since he is on preventative.
- It’s not mites. I itch every time someone says mites. Jake had mites 3 years ago. Still makes me itch.
- It’s not his thyroid.
The experts in our life all agree, it is (maybe seasonal) Alopecia. Doug is going bald at 2! Of course he is, he’s mine, would you expect anything less?
We will see if it is actually, seasonal. It does make sense. He was in jail during last spring and summer so anytime he was outside, I either had his sunscreen shirt on or I had him under a tarp. He was on movement restriction and he would get too hot if the sun was beating down on him. So he did not get a ton of sunshine last year. Add that to him hating the cold (so he does not spend a lot of time outside without a fleece and coat and snood) and poor guy needs some vitamin D-oug!
It is bright and sunny today – we have gone from 30 to 70 to snow and back to 70 in four days and although climate change is apparently not real, our options for sun exposure are limited for a month or two more. He is sunning up as I type this. In the meantime, he is has also been put on 6mg of Melatonin, twice a day.
He has no comb over options so either the hair grows back or he is gonna need a t-shirt wardrobe. Also, and this is just to reiterate that Doug is ALWAYS in motion, he has lost 6 lbs since the start of winter (which was precisely when he got back to his zoomie-rific self). He had gained a few pounds during lock down, so this puts him at his ideal weight but I had sorta forgot his ability to burn through all calories.
Also, just to give a good Jakey laugh – Doug only weighs 10 lbs more than Jake did.
- Melvin, 82 lbs, 18 inch neck.
- Jake, 35 lbs, 18 inch neck.
- Doug, 45 lbs, 18 inch neck.
Maybe this blog should be called 18-inch neck.