I have a new puppy that has hair missing in two straight lines on her right thigh. I mean they are two straight parallel lines where it looks like tufts have been pulled out - it is the weirdest thing! At first I though she was pulling it out herself, but I have never seen her do it and it definitely looks worse this morning. Now I am wondering if it's a reaction to the puppy shot she got there earlier in the week. I have no idea as I have never seen anything like it. I'm going to call the vet when he opens, but thought I'd ask if anyone on here had ever seen something like this.
Of course this is my new show dog and she's a double coated breed so now she has a huge hole in coat. I hope it grows back by August.
Yeah, I thought that too, but I looked everywhere in her pen and couldn't see anything that could have done it - and no stray hairs. Her breeder told me this afternoon that her full brother pulls his hair out when he's upset. I'm guessing she is doing it too when she is by herself in her pen. I've been letting her nap and sleep out of the pen for the past couple days (I have a grouchy older male) so if she's catching it on something in there or pulling it out then I hope it stops. I haven't seen her chew on her fur at all, but I guess last resort I could put Bitch Britches on her.
Ugh. A stereotypic behavior like that would drive me nuts. Did the breeder tell you about this beforehand? I likely would have passed, just based on that.
If you can confirm she's doing it to helpful, I would certainly consider it a symptom of some pretty severe anxiety and speak with your vet about options. A DAP diffuser, collar or spray might be helpful. Or some anti-anxiety meds? Or perhaps she just needs some serious thinking-type work?
I know all of her relatives going waaaay back and none of them did this - except the brother.
I do know it's her now. She was grooming herself and started yanking on her flank. I told her to knock it off and she did. So it's not from being anxious or stressed like I thought because she's been running around playing all day. I think she started it when she was in the x-pen so hopefully the behavior will diminish now that she's out and about.
Ollie, Bitch Britches are pants for bitches in heat. They have a hole for the tail and look like shorts.
I should probably post a picture of the little hair stylist.