At 2.5 years old, my puppy Molly, a yellow Labrador retriever, began losing hair on two symmetrical spots around her hips. It started as a light thinning, then appeared to get worse and was soon gone completely, until there were two fair-sized circles on each side of her back hip area. At times, they looked dry, because the skin was exposed to the weather. I began asking questions to my conventional veterinarian about what it could be – why it was happening – and what could be done to make the hair grow back. I scoured the internet, looking at 900 different things of what it could be, worrying myself endlessly, and never having answers. We tried giving her Melatonin with no success.
I felt that was extreme. If she were ill, I would have conceded as something below the surface was likely going on. But she was healthy. I did some digging online before making any decisions… sedation is not something to take lightly for dogs… and after review felt that an allergy test didn’t make sense. The spots weren’t itchy, they weren’t red or inflamed. So out of a last ditch approach before going that route or just accepting her life with bald spots, I reached out to a holistic veterinarian for a second opinion.
I should add to this story that I don’t see myself as a natural believer in the holistic practices. Or “wasn’t.” I originally had a hard time accepting an alternative approach as conventional treatments were all I’d known.
On Molly’s first visit, Dr. Haghighat gave us his undivided attention, and heard my concerns about her bald spots and her history. He believed she had Alopecia X due to hormonal imbalances, an often undiagnosed condition. He prepared a homeopathic mixture to be given orally to Molly, and told us we would have the hair grow back in six months.
I’m happy to tell you that four months in, the bald spots are gone – it worked. It continues to work, I should say. We’re not at 100% fur retention, but we’re darn-near close, and I couldn’t be happier.
Important to also mention was Dr. Haghighat’s advice for Molly’s coat overall. A little coconut oil on the dry patches helped the fur grow in without irritation, and the addition of fish oil to her diet has made her coat revert back to puppy-like conditions — she’s SOFT!