Addison's Disease - Hair Loss

Beau is being treated for Addison's in the last 2 months he has lost his beautiful thick coat, vet says hope it grows back. Anything I can do?

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Jan 05, 2016
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Addison's
by: Donna

I've not heard of a dog losing coat due to Addison's.

Your dog is getting too much prednisone presuming he is on prednisone. A dog on Florinef does not need much prednisone. Only if he is showing a lot of stress.

You need to find a vet with more Addison's knowledge.

Jan 09, 2016
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Addison's / hair lose
by: Anonymous

Donna, thanks for your input. My great pyrennes has been medicated w/Fludrocortisone for 14 months, never Prednisone, any comment? Thanks!

Jan 09, 2016
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Hair loss
by: Anonymous

I had noticed my Pyrenees loose hair and the coat texture really changed. We found out she was very hypothyroid. Not sure if you have run a thyroid test but this could be the reason for hair loss.

Jan 10, 2016
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Addison's
by: Donna

There is enough steroid in the drug he's on now perhaps he cannot tolerate it. We have a rescue like that who has had to go on Percorten. It's very expensive.

Or, as someone else has commented, test for hypothyroid first.

Your dog's coat will not just grow back. Something else is going on.

Jan 10, 2016
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Hair lose
by: Anonymous

Anonymous, after 180.00 worth of tests, thyroid being one, no answer. Just going to think positive it grows back . Thank you!

Jan 12, 2016
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Addison's
by: Donna

Just another thought. A friend of mine had had her dog dosed with flea/tick 'preventative'. His hair proceeded to fall out but he also had redness on his skin.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/02/29/spot-on-package-labeling-for-pet-products.aspx

I suggest you read this article. Note that you shouldn't vaccinate a dog with a disease such as yours.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/why-i-dont-vaccinate-my-dogs-at-all/

Jan 13, 2016
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Hair lose
by: Anonymous

Thanks Donna , I don't vaccinate any of my critters. Also very familiar with Dr. Mercola. Thanks again !! Susan

Oct 24, 2016
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Our Pyrenees losing coat
by: Susan C

Our dog has Addison's Disease and later after recently presenting hair loss was also diagnosed with thyroid issues. She receives her hormone injection monthly and is on prednisolone. She is now also on a thyroid medication.

She was also showing "hot spots" and her skin turned black. She began to be severely bloated. The vet had us back off the pred. Now her skin has patches of crusty flakey skin. We bath her and work to clear the patches for her. This has been going on for almost a year.

She eats excellent non grain food. She gets wet and dry food. She gets coconut oil. Her remaining coat looks good but her skin is a mess! She has no hair on her tail.

What might help her skin?
Any advice?
Thanks

Oct 24, 2016
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Addison's
by: Donna

It's hard to say what the issue is. She is on a lot of medication that may be unnecessary. That might be the reason.

Usually, you just put them on Florinef. If they can't handle that, there is another one to put them on. You only give them Prednisone when they are having very stressful situations. Not sure why he is on hormone injections but I'm not the vet.

Did you just start out on Florinef? Then move to Prednisone and then the hormone injection when nothing worked?

Get her onto raw diet. That is the purest. You can get your meat from your local butcher, sales at grocery stores etc.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/raw-feeding-primer/

You might change vets at this point. Too much medication.

Oct 07, 2018
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Hair loss
by: Anonymous

Just wondering if you ever found an answer. My girl is losing all her hair also. She is already on thyroid medication for low thyroid and gets procorten for Addison’s. I am guessing that her levels must be off for one of these conditions. Just can’t afford to have the testing done and still maintain her shot of procorten too.

Oct 09, 2018
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Addison's
by: Donna

Without the testing, you don't know what the levels are for your dog. All dogs are different in how much they need to attempt to control the cortisone levels. You would need to have your dog tested as often as the vet suggests.

She may need more of that shot or something different.

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