Gsd with hair loss

I have a 7 week old german shepherd who chewed her tail and feet before we bought her. The breeder said she had fleas and was dipped. The fur on her feet seems to be growing back slowly but ive noticed no progress on her tail. the skin where she chewed on her tail is black whereas the rest of her skin is light. The vet said it seemed to be some sort of injury and all we can do is wait. She has beem treated with advantage and still wants to chew her tail and feet but not enough to hurt herself. Im not sure if she has any food allergies. Ive heard prolonged exposure to dirt can cause allergic reactions and the breeders did leave them in a kennel with a dirt floor. Im just worried that the fur on her tail is not going to grow bavk. Its in the middle of her tail about two inches in length. She looks like a poodle. She has another congenital disease. Could it be hereditary? Paid a lot of money for her and worried! Is she okay? Will it grow back?

Asked by Member 1132800 on Sep 26th 2012 Tagged germanshepherd, skin, hairloss in Health & Wellness
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Kali earned her wings 10/21/14

Is there a reason the breeder sold the pup at 7 weeks old? Generally, breeders don't let pups go before 8 weeks of age. In some states, it's illegal to take a pup away from their mom and litter-mates before 8 weeks of age. With that said, did your vet check for mange or a skin infection? It could be a food allergy or external allergy such as pollen or dust. It's really hard to tell with such a young pup, especially, since she was on a dirt floor. She could pick anything up from that. If her tail hurts, she might chew it. Does it look crooked at all? Does it hurt when you touch it? Hope you figure it out soon. Good Luck with your new pup. :)

Kali earned her wings 10/21/14 answered on 9/26/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Sometimes it does take a long time for the hair to grow back. If it was a really bad injury, it is going to take time for that area to heal and hair to grow again. It may come back in lighter in color. There is a slight chance the hair will not grow back, but it would have had to been a very bad injury for that to happen. My dog ripped his side open and was a very deep cut. He had stiches in his side and it did take a long time before the hair grew back but it did. You can not even see where it happened now. So I would say the chances of it not growing back are small.

Dunkin answered on 9/28/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer