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Old 01-17-2013, 09:37 PM
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I have a question for those of you who have black Chihuahua’s or may be or have experienced what I am experiencing with mine.

My oldest chi (who is now 8mo) began to lose hair on his chest. His beautiful white patch of long hair down his chest disappeared. It wasn’t coming out in patches, but it is like it just all thinned out and was gone. Then the hair down the side of his legs started to do the same thing. Since he was my first chi I didn’t know if it was just normal for chi's to have thin hair on their chest, head, and legs. Oh yah, he also has very thing hair on his head as well, like an old man.

When he was around 6 months old in November, I saw a patch of fur on his side was gone. It was red and flaky. So I immediately took him to the vet. She diagnosed him with generalized demodex mange. She gave me a pack or promeris to put on his neck every 2 weeks. Not that is matters, this was a vet i had never been to before, I had moved after i got him, and out previous vet was kinda far.

In December I got my second chi. I took her for her first shot to the vet I had previously been going to. While we were there I had her do a skin scrap on Ruffio. She said she did not see any mites, so the promeris must have killed the mites like it was supposed to.

I gave him his last dose of promeris 2 weeks before he had surgery to get neutered on Dec 21st. I hadn't given him any more promeris since he was neutered.

I started to see his hair on his legs is looking really thing again. The bottom half of his chest hair had grown back in, but up in his neck area is still really thin, as well as his head. His hair is also still not completely back where he had the spot on his side.

Is it normal for chi's, maybe especially black chi's, to have thing hair on their chest, legs, head?

Last Friday, I gave him another dose of Promeris. I only have one more treatment left. I don’t want to give him anymore promeris because I personally feel it would be too harmful to keep giving it.

If it really is mange, are there any other alternative treats that any of you have tried? Or could if be chi's have thin hair.

I can try and post pics if you need to see what im talking about
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:54 PM
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Ike's hair on his neck and chest is thinning, also the back of his ears , I am hoping as he gets older his big boy hair will replace it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:02 PM
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Oh yah, I forgot about the back of the ears, his is really thin back their too! Yours is about the age when mines started thining.
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Yes, pictures would be helpful!

If he was diagnosed with demodex mange, then it may take a long time for the hair follicles to repair and the hair to regrow. Some dogs who have had demodex never fully recover and may have long term thin patches.

Otherwise I would say that some thinning is normal (alopecia). Brody has a very thin chest and a naked neck. But he does not have any skin conditions or mites.

You could try fatty acid supplements (fish oil). Some people have had good results regrowing thin hair with Missing Link Professional Strength. Some people have had good results with Nupro. It is important to feed the very best diet you can. What does he eat?

For a dog that has simple alopecia, the skin underneath should be supple and healthy with no dandruff or scaly areas. It is just an absence of hair.
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Hi! I had a black chi before and he was bald on his belly, neck, and by his ears. This was the only pic I could find on my phone of him (unfortunately it was when he had an IV in at the hospital).
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I have a black Chi who has thin hair. It's thin on back of ears, on temples, and on chest. She has never had any skin diseases. Her hair has been like that for most of her life and she's almost 2yrs old.


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My black chi has winter skin but during the summer weather his hair is not thin. My mom has a black chi and his hair isn't thin at all.
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Jaxx is not a black chi but his chest and belly hair is very thin and in spots he has no hair on his belly.
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