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From: Callie (
Subject:         I doubt it -- that's not how it progresses usually
Date: May 24, 2008 at 6:42 pm PST

In Reply to: ring worm posted by renee on May 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm:

Probably not -- ringworm is a fungus. Typically you just see bare patches -- sometimes round, sometimes not. Rarely on dogs do you see a 'ring'.

Typically it's on the ear tips, tail tip, tips of the back feet -- but not just on the skin (like back, flanks, etc.).

Refresh my memory Renee -- how old is the dog and where *exactly* are the spots?

It could be hotspots, with either a yeasty overgrowth or staph (both of which can cause the hair to fall out).

Depending on the dog's age you might want to have the vet do a thyroid panel ... and usually I do *not* recommend just a lab test, but rather have the vet send it to Michigan State or directly to Dr. Jean Dodds -- hers is a breed specific test that is far far more satisfactory than just a lab test.

Give me more of a description if you will -- specifically where the spots are, because that will go a long way to telling me what it may be. Also exactly how old is this dog?? Altered? Sorry, I'm not remembering.

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