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Bella's Dull Coat

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My two year old puppy, Bella, has begun to show some wispy, dull fur. The texture change has been fairly even, beginning around her lower rear quarter and extendning almost to her midsection. Is this natural for a two-year-old's winter coat? It certainly is getting chilly here in Massachusetts!

Thanks so much for any insight you can provide. She has always had a beautiful, shiny coat and her eating patterns and overall health haven't changed.

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Is she spayed? Is it lighter colored, fuzzy stuff? That's usually spay coat.
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Yes, she was spayed approximately a year ago.
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I'd have her thyroid checked. What is called "spay coat" (and is not confined to females, but to neutered males as well) is often the result of the thyroid levels getting low, as often occurs in altered animals. And in Goldens, a "low normal' reading is to be considered very low.

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If it's on the front shoulder/leg and the "knee" area of the back leg, that's almost for sure the cause! Our spayed female has that, and I pull it out (it comes right out easily if that's what it is) bc I don't like it. Take a picture of what you mean I'm sure she's gorgeous either way!
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Yeah males do get it too for sure. Some dogs never get it, others are covered in it. My only neutered male dogs are Whippets, so of course it doesn't apply there
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Thanks so much for your quick responses! It's actually more along her sides around the hindquarter ... not really on her limbs.
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Thyroid test definitely is not a bad idea.

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I second the thyroid test, and have them do a full panel that includes a free T4 with equilibrium (something or another), not just the screening T4. It's much more sensitive.
ESPECIALLY is her tail is looking thin, thyroid is very suspect.
If that's it, it's so easily treated and she'll be good as new in no time at all.



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