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I keep losing a lot of hair

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Hair loss in dogs, especially in a Bichon Frise, can be due to various reasons, including allergies, skin infections, hormonal imbalances, or parasites. Given that your dog is experiencing hair loss around the groin and is currently on Cephalexin, a common antibiotic, it suggests that there may have been a bacterial skin infection present or suspected.

The groin is a common area for skin infections because it's warm and moist, which can foster bacterial growth. Cephalexin is often prescribed to treat such infections, so it's possible your dog had signs of an infection that warranted this medication.

However, since the hair loss is ongoing, it's important to consider other factors as well. Allergies, either to food or environmental triggers, can cause skin irritation and hair loss. Without flea and tick prevention, parasites could also be a concern, although you haven't mentioned any signs of fleas or ticks.

The ear issue mentioned could be related if it's an ear infection, which can sometimes be associated with skin issues elsewhere on the body. Ear infections can be caused by allergies, bacteria, yeast, or ear mites.

At home, you can take several steps to support your dog's skin health:

1. Maintain good hygiene: Regular bathing with a gentle, dog-specific shampoo can help remove irritants from the skin.
2. Diet: Ensure your dog is on a well-balanced diet. Sometimes, adding omega-3 fatty acids can help improve skin health.
3. Check for parasites: Even without flea and tick preventatives, regularly check your dog's coat for signs of these parasites.
4. Observe behavior: Note if your dog is scratching or licking the affected area, which can exacerbate the problem.
5. Environment: Minimize exposure to potential allergens. This could include washing your dog's bedding regularly and keeping the home clean.

If the hair loss persists or worsens, or if you notice other symptoms such as redness, swelling, discharge, or a foul odor from the skin or ears, these could be signs of a worsening infection or another underlying condition that needs immediate veterinary attention.

In cases where the skin issues are not resolving with initial treatments, or if new symptoms arise, it's crucial to seek veterinary care. A vet can perform skin scrapings, allergy testing, or blood work to get to the root of the problem and adjust treatment accordingly.

Remember, skin conditions can be complex and may require a multifaceted approach to diagnose and treat effectively. It's also important to complete any prescribed course of antibiotics and follow up with your vet if the condition doesn't improve.

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