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Old 01-04-2013, 07:28 PM
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My poor Gracie has lost 99% of her hair. Vet says that alpecia is common in Blue Chihuahua's and her bloodwork is all good so thyroid problems are ruled out. That's not the problem. Her skin is so dry and itchy. Anyone that has a hairless chihuahua, please tell me what to put on her skin to help with the itching.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:03 AM
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you can try coconut oil on her skin (but she would lick it) or feed a pea drop of coconut oil to her. Also giving her salmon oil (omega-3) helps a lot too.

What are you feeding her? Change of food will also help if you are not feeding her good enough food.
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If she has alopecia, skin care is extremely vital. Sunblock is important so that she doesn't burn. Coconut oil and omega 3 (fish oil) are both helpful. I agree with looking at her food. What are you currently feeding?


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Definitely begin by treating her skin from the inside as a top priority. Tango had bald patches when I first rescued him and his skin and coat was dry and flaky, thin, very dull and unhealthy looking. I didn't really treat his skin or coat with anything. I just put him on a superior kibble....grainless because that's my personal choice for my dogs. That's it, that's all I did, and in 3 months his coat was gorgeous! The bald patches had filled in, and his coat was glossy and thick.

Unlike dogs with hair, a hairless dog needs more bathing. Their skin needs to be kept clean, and bathing will rid it of germs and other pollutants that can cause problems. But because they need to be bathed more often, it will also dry out their skin, so moisturizing it is necessary too. A friend of mine uses the Cetafil line of products for her dog...odorless, fragrance free and hypoallergenic. Also, I don't know about you, but in this cold weather my skin dries out much more quickly, and chafes more easily. Dogs are no different. So it's especially important to keep your dog's skin moisturized during the winter months.

We fostered a rescued sphynx cat for a few months. Sphynx are hairless and require specialized skin care. For what it's worth, here's a remedy we used on the cat to help keep his skin from getting dry and flaky, along with all the other skin care stuff we did with him, like frequent bathing, good food etc.,

We did a weekly soak in warm bath containing 1/8 to cup food grade oil (almond, vegetable, or olive) until the cat's skin was well hydrated. After he was dried off, we applied one or two additional coats of oil to his skin, (a teaspoon or two) rubbing it in very thoroughly each time. The oil can be applied twice a day to very dry skin, at least until it get more supple.
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You've already gotten great advice. I don't have any personal experience on this and I don't know if it will help given that blue dogs are prone to coat problems but I read a story where a dog lost a lot of its hair and a change to a raw diet completely reversed the effects Kuzco’s story … 3/4 bald to full coat of hair in just over 3 months tinkerwolf
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