I have a 15 year old Pug. In May he started losing patches of…

I have a 15 year old Pug. In May he started losing patches of hair, no bigger than the size of a quarter. There were a couple on his legs, one or two on his stomach and the last one has been on the under part of his neck. My vet has done all the blood work as well as skin scrapings and everything is normal. He gets better with meds, but as soon as we stop them, he gets another patch. These spots are not itchy. He is not bothered by them at all. I have an appointment with a dermatologist next week. However, I follow the life of an elderly pug on Facebook and I have noticed that he has several places on his underside with no hair. I was wondering if this could all be due to my pug’s age.

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Hi Beth, there is a number of conditions that can cause hair loss. Little patches would make me think infection but you say your vet ruled that out? (both bacterial and fungal?) Gland/hormonal disorders can also cause hair loss but typically not in this type of pattern. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=421 Age by itself is not a disease, but with age things might not be working as well as they used to. There still should be a discernible cause, though, IMO. Is this issue in any way seasonal? Makes me think of Jasmine, though. Twice she developed a bald patch in different areas,… Read more »