Hairloss on puppy end of tail and paws

Puppy has hair off of end of tail, had a lot of fleas, no redness, few dark spots, cocker spaniel mix, was rescued from human society, like hair has been shaved

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Your puppy may have been chewing on its paws or tail tip leading to the hair loss that you have observed. Having a lot of fleas could lead to this scratching behavior. If you have treated the fleas and are applying flea preventatives regularly, the hair should at least start to grow back within a couple of weeks. If it does not, there may be another cause of skin irritation besides the fleas. In this case you should have your dog examined by a veterinarian to determine what further treatments are necessary. He or she may want to perform a skin scraping to check for a mite infection. Erika, DVM

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