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My two year old, long haired grey cat (approximately 7 pounds) has been pulling out her hair for about three months. This all occurred after getting her three year rabies shot. It was determined that the shot was probably not the cause but it was probably what triggered the pulling. Her skin in fine, not inflamed or red. The vet has ruled out almost everything. We have another cat and he is just fine. It is probably psychogenic alopecia but we have not ruled out hormonal disorders etc. We felt that it was a lot of money to spend when she has every symptoms of psychogenic alopecia.

We tried a cone for two two week periods, and that did not work. We have been doing environmental enrichment, to no avail. There are absolutely no stressors that we can find or think of causing this. She is perfectly healthy outside of the hair pulling. She is active, happy and acting completely normal. We also have a basset hound, but all three animals love each other and sleep together- I highly doubt that as a stressor.

We are looking for advice on what to do. We live in the midwest so maybe it is the dry air? We are hoping to hear from someone who has dealt with this before for any suggestions. We understand it could be hormonal or something bigger but without testing we don't know, but as I said before she is acting perfectly fine besides the pulling. The other cat (her brother) is completely healthy as well, ruling out any disorders or diseases that would affect all cats in the household.

Any help is appreciated!!

I'm including a link to pictures I uploaded to photobucket. Some of the pictures are right after she was groomed, but two of them (with the funny hair on her head) are what she looks like naturally. 


http://s1274.beta.photobucket.com/user/mgn88/media/Hazel/blowinnthewind_zps40618d56.jpg.html

Personality and temperament:

very calm
very easy to train
doesn't bark often, unless someone comes to the door
protective
follows me around like a shadow
acts like she knows what I want from her before I tell her


I'm going to get a canine DNA test as soon as I can afford it, but I've read that sometimes people think it's more accurate to talk to a person who can identify the breed based on appearance. I'm trying both so that I can plan out the healthiest lifestyle possible for her. I want her around for a very long time :)

Thanks for your help!

Hi guys,

My dog keeps shaking his head. It's been like it for the past 2 hours or so. I noticed him scratching his ears more than usual as well. I already have called the vet and she will be able to see him tomorrow morning.

 

However, I was wondering if there is anything I can do to give him relief in the meantime?

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charliekingcharles

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My king charles has always been good was toilet trained within a month if that but all of a sudden as he turned two years old hes started peeing up things around house in night and when hes left. please help would castrating him help? Thanks. 

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chipperdogSF

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I was thinking about shaving my dog this summer, and wanted to see if other people who have done it in the past noticed a reduced level of dog hair around the house?

My female chow/sharpie mix that is 13-14 years old has a growing white wart-like bump that is hard is growing rapidly the vet says nothing, I SAY AN SOMEONE ADD AN OPINION. I did take pic's of it.
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My kitten is 3months old and since I bought her at 6 weeks old from a vet she has tried to suckle on any part of my skin which is uncovered eg; arm, neck, hand. She is a happy healthy kitten with a good appetite and enjoys the company of my 10 month old maltese puppy who just loves her. The kitten does not attemped to suckle on the puppy but any member of the family with a bit of uncovered skin is suckled on. Has anyone encountered this behaviour in a kitten? if so I would appreciate any suggestions or comments on it. Thankyou

Has anyone else heard that the Old English Sheepdog was just added to the watch list for possible extinction?  Which brings up an interesting question, is it legal to own an animal that is on the endangered species list?

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