My 10 year old springer spaniel is losing hair in a mirror image on both sides of his body whats going on?

My 10 year old "baby" is a very active and happy springer spaniel.He started losing his hair about a year ago. It is a mirror image loss on both sides of his torso and neck.


He is black and where the hair loss is it is a fuzzy copper color. I have changed his food just recently, he does not like the new food so has lost a bit of weight.

I have tried vitamans and also at the beginning tried thyroid meds but he started ecxessive drinking and panting so I took him off it. He is not itchey or flakey. His ears are fine so I am stumped. Can anyone help???

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
Hi there
I am really stumped as to what to suggest, lets hope we have a member who reads this who has experience with something similar and can help.

Good Luck


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Hair loss and excessive drinking
by: lynn

Hi there,

Firstly sorry to hear about your worries.

I would go to the vet with him and ask for test for Cushings disease as it sounds like what it is.

I took this from Wiki for you:


Cushing's disease causes increased drinking, increased urination, increased appetite, panting, high blood pressure, hair loss - usually evenly distributed on both sides of the body, pendulous abdomen, thinning of the skin, calcified lumps in the skin, susceptibility to skin infections and diabetes, weakening of the heart and skeletal muscles, nervous system disease and other symptoms. Most owners reach a point where the water consumption and urination become bothersome to them.

There is a treatment for Cushings although it isn't cheap.

Good Luck x



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