Q. i believe may pup may have stud tail. the hair on his tail is falling off.

Wed, Jul 12, 2023

I have 2 pups. i am mostly concerned about Kami (boy) his tail is losing hair and i’m not sure what it could be. when i read online they said it could be an allergic reaction. i noticed that he did eat my kitten’s food as i was not looking. My other pup, Kazee (girl) the only concern for her is her poop. I’ve noticed little blood droplets when she’s passing a stool.
What are causes & treatment?

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Dr. Mason

Hello! I understand that you're concerned about your two-month-old male puppy, Kami, who seems to be experiencing hair loss on his tail.

Hair loss on the tail, known as stud tail, is a condition that primarily affects intact male dogs and is typically caused by the overproduction of oils from the tail's sebaceous glands. This excess oil can lead to hair loss, inflammation, and the formation of crusty or greasy patches on the tail. To determine the exact cause of Kami's hair loss, a thorough physical examination by a veterinarian is necessary.

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do at home to help manage Kami's condition. Firstly, ensure that you keep the affected area clean and dry. You can gently wash the tail with a mild, pet-safe shampoo designed for sensitive skin. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or human shampoos, as they can further irritate the skin. Additionally, discourage your puppy from excessively licking or chewing at the tail, as this can worsen the condition.

And blood in the stool, known as hematochezia, can have various causes, including dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, gastrointestinal infections, or even more serious conditions like inflammatory bowel disease. If Kazee is otherwise active, eating well, and not showing any signs of discomfort or distress, you can try a few home care measures initially.

Ensure that Kazee has access to clean, fresh water at all times to stay hydrated. If her stools are loose or if she's experiencing diarrhea, you can try feeding her a bland diet consisting of boiled chicken and rice for a couple of days to see if it improves the situation. However, if the blood in her stool persists, if she becomes lethargic, refuses to eat, or shows any signs of pain or discomfort, it's crucial to seek veterinary attention promptly.

The safest thing to do is to get him to the hospital as soon as possible.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.