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Old 07-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I feel terrible for not notcing this earlier but Kimmy got this patch on her back that is growing completely different hair than everywhere else. When i first noticed it, her hair was pretty long so it kind of got coverd and I initially thought it was just wet. Then when I looked closely, it looked as if that patch of hair was just gone and new hair has grown back and its darker in colour and also a lot harder (it doesnt even stand up like the rest of her hair does, the texture almost feels like what you would feel on a pug). The vet said it doesnt look like anything is wrong, her skin is fine and shes not scratching or feeling any discomfort there, she actually doent even notice it. The vet thinks maybe something was stuck there and the chunk of hair was just ripped off...which is very scary and I feel terrible because I have no clue how that could have happened. Has this ever happened to any of you guys before? Anyone know how this patch will turn out?

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Is it in the area where she got any vaccinations or spot on parasite treatment? When my Cafe Au Lait got his vaccine it caused his hair to darken. Also when my black one got her rabies vaccine her hair fell out in that area. I have also heard the spot on parasite treatment can cause similar problems.


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My little girl did that, too, in the same place as well. I at first blamed the flea drops, but I have since seen it on another poodle (related to her) who hasn't been treated with flea drops. I don't know if Bug might have that, too as his little bum is shaved.
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A patch of hair that comes in darker/different color and of a different hair texture is usually caused from injury/irritation of some kind. That is a common spot to see a slight injury from jumping against something such as trying to jump up and bumping the coffee table, for instance.
The dark colored hair is explained as the color of your poodles original color. She looks like a red, so she has probably faded some since puppy hood!
Example: I had a foster dog who was a very light apricot. He had an injury in the same place from the shelter. He had a scab there and after the scab fell off and skin healed, the hair started to return. It was a dark red! It was wirey and stiff hair, and very straight as it came back.
I have had white poodles who had dark apricot hair where they had chewed fleas or again, as an injury.
Normally the hair will catch up, but it will take some time. (usually 1/4" a month)
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thanks so much everyone! its such a relief to know that its not just Kimmy...it had been bothering me for a while. I think it most likely is an area of injury then, she does jump a lot so I wouldnt be surprised if she bumped herself somewhere. My vet had asked the same thing about flea drops, but I only gave her revolution and thats around her neck area...oh well, as long as she is fine!

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oh forgot to ask, did your poodles' "patches" eventually become the same as the rest of their hair?

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This is a pic of my standard poodle Latte. If you will notice the dark patch of hair near her tail. She had a hot spot and the hair came out. When it grew back it was dark brown and quite soft. Hope this helps


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oh forgot to ask, did your poodles' "patches" eventually become the same as the rest of their hair?

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Yes, they do fade back to the original color (faster then it took them to clear originally)
The "funniest" spots I ever saw were when Teaka (silver) had 4 elongated teardrop shaped black spots on her rear - apparently she had annoyed her older sister at some point, because those marks were exactly the same distance apart as her older sister's canine teeth lol!
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This is a pic of my standard poodle Latte. If you will notice the dark patch of hair near her tail. She had a hot spot and the hair came out. When it grew back it was dark brown and quite soft. Hope this helps


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I was happy to find this post because I have the same issue with Charlie. He came from the breeder with a bald patch between his shoulder blades. My vet and groomer both thought the hair wouldn't grow in at all but it did and now it is a much darker color, different texture and totally straight. Not like poodle hair at all. It also seems to be changing in a spot down close to his tail although no hair there was ever lost. I find this all very strange and frankly a little upsetting.

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