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A. It depends on how quickly this “thinning” happened. Was it like one week it was perfectly fine, and the next week it was very thin? If so, it could be fleas, or something else, and you may want to set up an appointment with the vet to be sure. If it has just been thinning and thinning slowly over time, it could be a dietary issue. You may not be feeding a high enough quality kibble. You may want to switch to a kibble like Taste of the Wild, Orijen, Ziwipeak, Honest Kitchen, Fromm – just make sure you are feeding the “puppy food” specifically. A higher quality kibble may fill in those thinning areas a bit.

Staffie’s have very very short hair, and bald/thinning spots are not uncommon.

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The 5 most common causes of bald spots on dogs include allergies, Cushing`s disease, pressure sores, genetics, and infection or infestation.
Ringworm fungus, pests like mange mites, and bacteria can all lead to infections that may ultimately cause bald spots on your dog. Along with hair loss around the ears, eyes, mouth, and elsewhere, signs your dog may have mites include oily skin, thickened skin, itching, and inflammation.
It can be caused by many different conditions including fleas, skin allergies and hormonal problems. It`s important to have your dog seen by your vet if they start losing fur, especially because in some cases, it can be very irritating and painful.
Topical Treatments May Help with Hair Loss in Dogs

Medicated dog shampoos might help with some hair loss or rejuvenation of your dog`s coat. There are also sprays, ointments, and dips for topical treatment of hair loss. Depending on the cause of your pet`s bald spots, this may be a useful strategy for treatment.

These are symptoms of a condition called alopecia and could be caused by a larger problem, like fleas, ticks, mites, fungal or bacterial infections, medical conditions such as Cushing`s disease or inflammatory bowel disease, hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, or stress.
Patches of hair loss could indicate conditions like ringworm, bacterial infection, mites, or mange. Hair loss in the rump and tail base area is often due to a flea allergy. Hair loss from the paws and face is sometimes environmental allergies (atopy).
Dog ear mites and yeast infections have similar symptoms such as itching, discharge, and redness. However, a distinctive characteristic of ear mites is the presence of dark granules resembling coffee grounds in your dog`s ears, which are not present in yeast infections.
Staffords shed little, although they may have a heavy shed once a year. They require weekly brushing to remove dead hair and keep their coat shiny. The Stafford needs early socialization, especially if you want them to be friendly toward other animals. The SBT is not recommended for a timid or first-time owner.
Do English Staffies Shed? English Staffies have short, easy-care coats. They shed a low to moderate amount, but this can be minimised with regular brushing. A bath once or twice a month will keep them smelling fresh if they spend most of their time indoors.
Coconut oil contains healthy fats such as medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that act as a conditioner on dog hair and repair any damage while locking in moisture. Including these healthy fats in your pet`s daily nutrition allows hair follicles to grow stronger from the roots.
Depending on the cause, coconut oil might help manage Alopecia. We recommend giving CocoTherapy coconut oil to your dog, at maximum oral tolerance: The typical dose is 1 TSP/10 lb body weight. You can divide the dose between his AM/PM meals.
In general, most puppies will go through seasonal shedding in the spring and fall. You might think temperature changes cause the shedding, but it`s actually exposure to light. More light exposure means more hair loss. So, if you have a mostly indoor dog, expect the artificial light to cause some more shedding.
Change your dog`s diet

If your veterinarian thinks that your dog`s hair loss is caused by a food allergies, eliminate the food in question from his diet. The most common food allergies in dogs include wheat, corn, soy, eggs and even beef or chicken.

It usually starts out as small areas of hair loss.” This is known as localized demodex. Puppies with demodectic mange—also called red mange—develop scaly bald spots near the lips and on the head or front legs. Oftentimes, the immune systems of puppies will kick in and resolve the problem on its own.
Symptoms will generally appear about 10-days-to-8-weeks after contact with a dog carrying scabies. Typically, the first signs of the infection will be on the margins of the ears, chest, elbows, hocks, and belly. Untreated, they can quickly spread.
Baking Soda. Baking soda can be an effective treatment for ear mites in dogs, but be careful not to allow your dog to ingest it. Mix one cup of warm water with one teaspoon of baking soda. Soak this in a cotton ball and use it to rub your dog`s ear.
Dog Ear Mites vs Ear Wax: How Can You Tell The Difference? Ear wax is normal in healthy dogs, but regular ear wax is light brown and doesn`t have an odor. The wax in dogs with ear mites is usually darker brown or black, resembles coffee grounds, and can give off a foul odor.
“There are many topical, oral, and systemic agents,” Dr. Miller notes, “and most—such as ivermectin—are highly effective. Even one old-time remedy—baby oil—can do the job. A few drops put into an affected ear several times a day for a month or so will usually smother the mites.”
As mentioned, if left untreated, your dog can suffer from the complications of an ear mite infestation. Incessant head-shaking and scratching of the ears can lead to permanent damage to the external and/or inner ear, as well as ear sensitivity and secondary skin infections.
Symptoms of Ear Mites in Dogs

Scratching and rubbing at the ears. Shaking the head. Dark discharge from the ears. Hair loss, skin lesions, and secondary skin infections, which can develop around the ears, head, and neck from all the scratching and rubbing.

To examine for ear mites, material from both ears can be collected with a cotton-tipped swab lightly coated in mineral oil and then transferred to a microscope slide (FIGURE 4). Research on ear mite prevalence has shown that, when present in low numbers, mites can be missed by swabbing alone.
Most dogs can handle 5 km (3 miles) without extra training but need at least a month to get up to 20 km. Walks above 5 km should always be followed by a light rest day. If you go too far too quickly you could cause all sorts of muscle, tendon, ligament, joint or bone problems.
As we mentioned, there`s no real need to wash your Staffy more than four to five times each year. Naturally, if they are very stinky, then you have to bathe them. Other than those times, Staffies are low maintenance, and a good brush down will spruce them up a treat.
When does a Staffy`s head split? Sometime after they are around 6 months old, but usually older, a Staffy puppy`s head will “split”. This process is called a lot of things, from spreading to splitting to cracking. Despite the names, it has nothing to do with their skull or anything breaking.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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Q. One of my pet’s ears seems very irritated. What I can use to clean it with?
ANSWER : A. Ear Irritation can be caused by a number of things ranging from allergies, ear infections or even mites. Dirty ears can also cause irritation and problems. Knowing the type of problem is best for figuring out how to treat it.

For plain dirty ears that do not have any odor, redness or leakage of discharge/debris, a simple over the counter canine ear cleaner can be used. Gently soak some cotton balls or a washcloth with the cleaner, and then use these to wipe out the flap of the ear and opening to the ear. Do NOT use Q-tips as these can become stuck or lodged in the curve of the ear canal and may cause injury to the ear drum.

If the ear is bright red or itchy without any dirt or debris in it, it may indicate an allergy. Sometimes an allergy medication can help provide relief in this situation. Your vet can give you the correct dosages of an over the counter allergy medication to use, or may recommend one specifically for dogs.

For infections and mites, changes to the ear such as bad smell or lots of debris and discharge, flecks of black or brown debris, or scabs and sores in the ear may be present. In these cases, it is best to have your vet take a sample of the ear debris to test for mites or infection. Your vet can then give you an ointment that is placed and left in the ear between ear cleanings. Most vets will then recommend cleaning the ears twice daily and then leaving in the ointment after for a period of ten days.

Ear mites ARE contagious to other pets, so if your dog does have them, it is best to treat any other pets in the house at the same time to prevent the mites from spreading around continuously.

Q. My 5 mo. Staffie puppy’s hair is thinning on the top of her head in between her ears. Is this normal?
ANSWER : A. It depends on how quickly this “thinning” happened. Was it like one week it was perfectly fine, and the next week it was very thin? If so, it could be fleas, or something else, and you may want to set up an appointment with the vet to be sure. If it has just been thinning and thinning slowly over time, it could be a dietary issue. You may not be feeding a high enough quality kibble. You may want to switch to a kibble like Taste of the Wild, Orijen, Ziwipeak, Honest Kitchen, Fromm – just make sure you are feeding the “puppy food” specifically. A higher quality kibble may fill in those thinning areas a bit.

Staffie’s have very very short hair, and bald/thinning spots are not uncommon.

Q. How do I get my dog to stop chewing on things? I kennel her when I leave for a few hours, but I can’t go to the mailbox without her eating something.
ANSWER : A. If she’s young, then this is just normal puppy behavior. Don’t worry about it. The thing about puppies is, they explore using their mouths. If your puppy grabs a coat hanger, or a slipper, you should roll up a newspaper, and smack yourself on the head with it for leaving those things out.. your puppy is going to explore things, that’s normal! It is 100% up to YOU to keep those things away from your puppy when your puppy is unsupervised… even for just a moment.

Remember to never scold your puppy for grabbing these things. They are just curious little cuties, and they don’t chew things up to bother us.. Dogs do not have intentional thought, so they aren’t ever doing anything ON PURPOSE to us.. The most important thing you can do when your puppy is chewing something you don’t want her to be chewing is TRADE her the inappropriate item with a toy of hers, so she understands “no honey, that isn’t what puppies chew on… THIS is what puppies chew on!” and then begin playing with her using her toy to show her that TOYS ARE FUN.. Way more fun than a boring ol’ coat hanger.

Another helpful thing you can do is have two bags of toys. In each bag is many different kinds of toys. Lots of chew toys, lots of soft squeaky toys, lots of rope-type toys, a bunch of balls.. All kinds of things! For one week you have bag#1’s toys out for your puppy to play with.. At the end of the one week, you collect those toys, and you bring out bag#2! The toys will be more interesting/feel like new to your puppy, which will in-turn, make her chew less inappropriate things. Her toys are too fun to care about that dumb Wii-mote that you left laying around.

Hope this helps!

Q. I have two problems with my 16 yrs old dog: he’s constipated and has a ear ache. What can I use to relieve these?
ANSWER : A. Constipation is a common problem in dogs that can be due to a number of things. However it is a good idea to make sure the constipation is not actually diarrhea, as some dogs can strain after a bowel movement, making it look like such. If constipation is present, adding a little pumpkin puree or plain yogurt to the diet can help make digestion easier and make stools easier to pass. However if symptoms do not resolve after a few days, it is best to speak with your vet.

For ear aches, it is best to have your vet examine the ear as many things including allergies, ear infections, mites and more can cause ear problems. If the ear is just dirty, then cleaning the ear gently with cotton balls or a clean washcloth and a dog ear cleaning solution can help. Do not use Q-tips as a dog’s ear has a 90-degree turn in it and placing Q-tips in the ear can cause damage to the canal or inner ear. However if the problem persists or cleaning does not help, it is best to seek care.

Q. My dog is having ear problems. I have had her at two vets and they can not seem to find the cause. Can you help?
ANSWER : A. For a pet with chronic ear issues I would recommend checking her thyroid levels. Hypothyroidism can be a cause of chronic ear infections.

Then I would recommend having a bacterial culture of the ear debris to ensure the appropriate antibiotic is chosen to completely rid the bacteria in there. If there is resistant bacteria, the ear will appear to get better at first but then once ear meds are stopped they will thrive again and cause a re-emergency of the ear infection. Also longer treatment may be needed, for example instead of 7-10 days, perhaps 14 days continuously.

If all else fails, I would recommend a skull radiographs to look for signs of a narrow ear canal and/or an inner ear infection which will require not only topical antibiotic ointments put into the ear, but also oral antibiotics.
Most ear infections are caused by moisture in the ears, narrow ear canals, hypothyroidism or skin allergies. Each one has to be gone through systematically.

Q. Our 5 year old lion’s head bunny has head tilt, and is falling over. This started 2 days ago. He is eating and drinking well. Ears look clear …
ANSWER : A. Head tilt and falling is classified as vestibular ataxia. We often worry about inner ear infections and inflammation causing these problems. If the ears look clear, the problem may be deeper into the inner ear that cannot be seen without an otoscope. If the ears are normal the problem may be neurological. It is important to have him seen by a veterinarian who can examine the ear closely and take a sample to look for infection.

Q. My puppy is urinating a lot. And the lady I gave one of the puppies to said she thinks her puppy has diabetes could my puppy have it to
ANSWER : A. It is not likely that either one of these puppies has diabetes. It is very uncommon for a puppy that young to have diabetes. If your puppy is straining to urinate or is urinating very small amounts frequently and cannot seem to wait for very long between urination, he may have a urinary tract infection. It is quite possible that your puppy is completely normal. I would suggest an exam with your veterinarian and discuss the behavior with them. They may suggest a urinalysis. Your puppy should be going to the vet at 3 week intervals for vaccinations at this age, so you can discuss it when he has his next set of vaccines. The other person with the other puppy should also be taking hers to a vet for proper immunizations and she should also discuss her concerns with her vet.

Q. My dog keeps shaking his head at night and is very anxious acting? We’ve cleaned his ears and putting ear drops in hasn’t helped?
ANSWER : A. It sounds like ear canal infection. I am not sure if you used ear drops to clean ears (they do not contain antibiotics) or ear drops from your vets to treat ear infection. In case you used ear cleaner only you should take your dog to your vets to get antibiotics. If you are using antibiotics drops and there is no improvement your vet may recommend taking a swab from the ear to check what bacteria, fungus or parasite is responsible for the infection and then pick the most effective medication.