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What is Flank Alopecia?

Canine flank alopecia is sometimes known as seasonal alopecia because it is a light responsive seasonal disorder. It causes partial or total hair loss on the dog’s flank and back area. Lack of exposure to the sunlight in the months with shorter days seems to be connected to this disorder. It usually begins in late fall into early spring and lasts up to six months. Sometimes this condition recurs yearly, but not in all cases. About 20% of the time is will occur only once in the dog’s life. This disorder is also called cyclic follicular dysplasia, and it is a non-inflammatory condition.

Canine flank alopecia is a syndrome usually occurring in the fall through spring months. It has no known cause and produces hair loss in the flank and back of the dog.

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Symptoms of Flank Alopecia in Dogs

  • Bilateral symmetrical hair loss, particularly in flanks and the back of the dog
  • Dark pigmentation in the areas of the hair loss
  • Hair loss on the base of the tail, nose, and ears of the dog in some cases
  • Skin infection present in the bald spots of the dog
  • Previous bilateral symmetrical hair loss in past fall and winter months

Types

There are two different types of seasonal flank alopecia. Both types are non-inflammatory, which produce no itching or scratching.

  • Hereditary influence may be the cause with some cases of seasonal flank alopecia, although it has not been proven
  • Sunlight amounts may contribute to the onset of seasonal flank alopecia, with indoor or house-bound dogs more likely to become affected by the condition, due to their lack of daily sunshine exposure

Causes of Flank Alopecia in Dogs

There are no known causes of seasonal flank alopecia. Seasonal changes in melatonin and prolactin occur in dogs and other mammals. Lack of exposure to the sunlight to the pineal gland could be responsible. The pineal gland is responsible for producing melatonin, which modulates sleep patterns in seasonal cycles. A lack of sunlight may cause the hair to fall out of some dogs on a seasonal basis. There does not appear to be a sex predilection and it may be hereditary. Some breeds are more susceptible such as Boxers (50% of all cases), Bulldogs, Schnauzers, Labradors, Scottish terriers, Akitas, Airedales, and Doberman pinschers. This condition is more common in areas in that have dark winters. Indoor dogs are most susceptible due to the lack of being outdoors during daylight hours.

Diagnosis of Flank Alopecia in Dogs

Most dogs show signs between November and March each year. If your dog is showing symptoms, he will need to be examined by a veterinarian. Clinical signs and symptoms will be noted, and pigmented bald spots will be identified. Your dog’s breed will be considered, as well as the time of year. Skin biopsies may be necessary, which may detect follicular atrophy (white bumps), comedones (canine acne), epidermal thickness, and hyperpigmentation of the skin. Other diseases and disorders such as Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease, parasites, mites, and bacteria will be ruled out by appropriate testing. The average age of the diagnosis of seasonal flank alopecia is 4 years old.

Treatment of Flank Alopecia in Dogs

Sunlight 

Exposure to sunlight during the months of September through March dramatically lessened the incidence of flank alopecia. Find a way to providing an opportunity for your dog to spend more time outdoors, especially in the fall and winter. This will greatly improve his chances of not developing seasonal flank alopecia.

Melatonin therapy

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the body of the dog’s daily rhythm. It can help to thicken and regrow the dog’s fur. Melatonin oral supplements or injections may be administered or recommended. Melatonin implants under the skin are available in some countries. Melatonin oral supplements are effective approximately 50% of the time. Follow your veterinarian’s advice on the proper dosage and frequency. Generally, melatonin will be given daily for two or three months until complete hair growth occurs. Restarting melatonin yearly four to six weeks before the anticipated onset of hair loss may prevent recurrence the following year.

Recovery of Flank Alopecia in Dogs

There is a good, but unpredictable prognosis with most dogs regarding the growing back of their hair. However, some dogs skip a year of hair growth and some may not ever regain all of their hair. Sometimes the hair may even grow back in a different color and texture. Seasonal flank alopecia is a cosmetic disorder and does not affect the health or quality of life of the dog.

Flank Alopecia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bosha
Cane Corso, Boxer, Neapolitan Mastiff
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fur Loss

Our 6yr old dog is 25% Boxer, 25% Neapolitan mastiff, and 50% Cane Corso. She loses some fur on flanks and most fur on belly every fall and it grows back every spring. Never seems to bother her in any way.

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snoopy
Labrador Retriever
1 yr 10 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

hairs coming off easily

my dog (labrador) hasbeen losing fur on his back and it happens on a seasonal basis he seem to loose hair most of the time through out the year . he is recently been seen having hot spots on his lower abdomen who he already recovered . and some infections on his stonach which turned black no. is it sasonal alopecia ?. he is a 2 yr old lab

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like Snoopy is having seasonal alopecia and it is associated with a change in sunlight (light responsive) and other issues; other causes for alopecia like hormonal disorders or parasites should be ruled out by your Veterinarian. The hot spots are generally caused by excessive licking of an area and can be prevented (or controlled) by regular bathing of any affected area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/seasonal-affective-disorder-can-be-culprit-canine-hair-loss

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Lulu
Multipoo
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog has a spot on her back leg that has lost its fur. It doesn’t seem to bother her - she doesn’t scratch at it or act like it hurts her when we touch it. It’s not like a scab. Just black skin about the size of a quarter maybe raised a little.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are so many different types of skin lesions in dogs, many of which may look the same and vary in severity; this could range from lichenification from itching too much to some type of tumour. Without seeing the patch of skin and feeling the texture, I cannot give you much information about it; you should have your Veterinarian check it out to see if it is something to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Demon
Akita Pointer
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump
Scabbing
Skin Lump on chest
Inflamation
Skin Loss
Hair Loss

Recently my dog has been getting circular patches around his back, belly and Rump. We thought it was ring worm which we treated but our other dog wasn’t getting them. We found the fatty lump on the chest and the hair loss is getting worse with bits of crusty skin coming off

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hair loss may be attributable to many different conditions including infections, hormonal issues, parasites (Demodex for example), chemical irritation, allergies among other conditions. I would visit your Veterinarian to see the alopecia but to also see the lump on the chest as your Veterinarian may decide to remove the lump or to at least do a fine needle aspirate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gracie Lu
Boxer
3
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

mild hair loss
sensitivity
Itching

My 3 year old boxer has recently become very itchy and sensitive around her trunk and back legs. I am wondering if this is seasonal flank alopecia, but I can't find anywhere that lists itchiness and a symptom of this. She is having mild hair loss in that area, but not enough that any normal person would notice. I'm a little psycho when it comes to my dogs, so when some is different I NOTICE. Even if no one else does. I have treated her for fleas. I had to treat her twice, on a vets recommendation of course, because the first treatment did little to nothing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Seasonal allergies may cause some itching but the severity varies between cases. One thing to try is Benadryl at 1mg/lb three times per day to see if there is a reduction in the amount of itching; also bathing in a sensitive shampoo may help too. Seasonal allergies may be one course, but also try to think of any changes which may have occurred in your home recently like new laundry detergents etc… which may have triggered this episode. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

MY 2 YR OLD BOXER..... SHE LOST HER FUR LIKE YOU SAID. BOTH SIDES..SPOT ABOUT AS BIG AS MY HAND...MY GROOMER SAID SHE THOUGHT IT WAS A THYROID PROBLEM...NO ITCHING....JUST HAIR LOSS...JUST TOOK HER TO VET/SEASONAL FLANK ALOPECIA///// I GIVE HER 5.4 APOQUEL DAILY PLUS A BATH ONCE A WEEK INMICONAAHEX+TRIZ PLUS MY VET SAID GIVE HER MELATONIN...

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Ceaser
goldenlab
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bald spots

my dog has been slowly getting bald spots. they range from big to small spots. we took him to the vet and they gave us cream and wipes to clean him daily,as we wipe and cream we find new spots. its pinkish , he doesn't seem to be bothered by it. is it contagious, or dangerous to the dog?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about the spots or what is causing them, I can't comment on whether the problem is contagious or a problem for Caesar, unfortunately. Since he was seen by your veterinarian recently, they may hve an idea as to what might be causing the problem, and can give you further guidance on how to resolve it, if it contagious, and what needs to be done for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Macey
Beagle English Bulldog
8 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fur Loss

Medication Used

Previcox gabepentin
Previcox

My dog is losing fur, one spot on her back and two on her rear hind area. The fur started getting crusty and has come out in layers. The spot on her back is exposing some skin but she is not itchy or uncomfortable. The skin is pink, but not red or inflamed. I can brush the spots with not discomfort.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bulldogs are prone to skin problems, and infections. it would be best if Macey saw her regular veterinarian so that they can evaluate her skin, and determine what might be wrong with her. They will be able to prescribe the appropriate medications for her, depending on what they find.

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Enzo
Lagotto Romagnolo
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Topcoat hair loss

I have a 1 year old Lagotto Romagnolo dog, over the past couple of days he's developed a bald patch on his flank. It's only his topcoat that's come out. He has not been scratching/itching and there's no sign of skin breakage or infection. His flea/tick treatment is by Bravecto, so no spot on treatment. He has no other symptoms and is behaving in his completely normal way. I went to my vet yesterday but they have no idea what the cause is, they suggested I give him cod liver oil and a spray to help hair growth regeneration. I'm wondering if it could be flank alopecia? I'm reluctant to put him through a skin scrape if it's not necessary.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Flank alopecia is typically a symmetrical problem, and having one side affected and not the other makes this diagnosis unlikely. A skin scraping to rule out parasites is a relatively painless, quick procedure, and most dogs can be distracted with food or treats and not even notice that it is happening.

If your Lagotto continues to loose hair and the diagnosis is alopecia, please consider participating in the study that is just beginning on Lagotto and alopecia. All it takes is a mouth swab. The Lagotto Club of America FB page has info on what is going on.

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Ellie
American Bulldog
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Thinning hair

About 2 months ago, I noticed a small balding spot on her left hip, about the size of a pencil eraser. I’ve noticed since then, that her hair seems to be thinning on her belly, left side, and legs. She is red and white, and I’m seeing the black pigmented “spots” of her skin a lot more under the thinning white fur. She is not itchy, no fleas, and has no allergies like some bulldogs are plagued with. She just got done nursing a litter of 7 pups (first litter, now 12 wks old) and had great nutrition throughout pregnancy and lactating.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of hair loss/alopecia in dogs which may be caused by a variety of different causes which may include hair loss during pregnancy due to hormonal changes which is not really unusual since pregnancy may put a female on a pregnancy rollercoaster. I would keep an eye on her now after weaning and see if the hair returns in the coming weeks. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Walter
Labrador Retriever
1 Day
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Thinning hair

Walter is a one year old yellow lab. About a month ago while brushing him I noticed thinning of hair on his hips on both sides and I could see the pink skin showing through. I thought it was from brushing him, but now I’m started to notice two lines on each side (above the pink area) where it appears he’s actually losing fur. He doesn’t itch, scratch, no infections or allergies. I’m wondering if it’s most like seasonal alopecia or if I should take him to the vet.
I should note, Walter sheds a lot. Which I know is normal for a lab but we’ve had two other labs in the past (chocolate labs) and they didn’t shed nearly this bad.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for a dog to lose hair or shed excessively which may include seasonal allergies, infections, parasites, hormonal conditions, excessive licking (normally would see evidence of licking) among other causes. I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian to confirm the cause of the localised hair loss and to offer management options if available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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