Question: My doxie has some fur tufts that are very smooth, and nothing on his skin underneath. But he’s got these weird fur tufts along his body. What could be causing this? Thanks.

Answer: Thanks for writing in. Without seeing the actual abnormality it is difficult to say what might be happening here. Dachshund’s are a breed that we see many haircoat abnormalities in.

They are prone to pattern baldness which will often start with the appearance of smooth hair tufts and then progress to hair loss. With haircoat changes, it is always important to rule out hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease, as well as medical issues such as mange. If you are concerned, ask your veterinarian to take a look.

Good luck.
Dr. Donna Spector

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  1. mildred lane says:

    my doxan’s hair started shedding in patches but it was due to her eating the cat’s feed which she just loved. Now I put the cat feed up high and her hair has grown back so beartiful…

    • admin says:

      Hi Shorty—thanks for writing in. In order to eliminate your flea problem, you must treat both your dog and the environment aggressively. I would speak to your vet about which topical flea control product would be best for your dog to prevent him from getting bitten. Next is flea control for your house and yard. Here is an article which might be helpful: It is imperative that you are using products that kill adult as well as the other larval stages of fleas (these are called insect growth regulators). There are also professional services that offer flea treatment and usually guarantee their work.

      Good luck.
      Dr. Donna Spector

  2. Patricia Watridge says:

    My Dachshund, Deuce, had a similar hair problems and I took him to the as soon as I saw it. He was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus.
    Deuce is 10 years old and has been in remission for over 4 years
    My advice to all pet lovers, if you notice anything unusual concerning your pet get it checked ASAP. It could be nothing, but you need to to make sure.

    Also, Deuce’s meds only cost $12 a month. I hope this helps.

    Pat & Deuce in Kansas

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