Hi all, I am new to this forum and whilst I have an 8yr old Jack Russell, I have only belonged to a Basenji since January, so I am hoping you guys will be able to give me some advice please!
My 8 month old male puppy is healthy in all respects (activity levels, engaging in play, eating, drinking, good coat, weight, clear eyes etc) but at the beginning of July started to have small patches of hair loss on the tips of his ears. This seems to be slowly getting worse. He is treated regularly with Advocate and to my knowledge has no allergies (although I know he is only young, so this is a possibility). As well as the tips of his ears, he seemed to be scratching the backs of his ears and the hair there was getting a little thin but this could just be him losing his puppy coat (he has puppy tufts on his sides and behind his ears at the moment) and he does not seem to bed scratching nearly as much now. I wondered first of all if the ear tip hair loss was him being bitten when he goes through the fields in the long grass and crops, (which is his favourite thing to do!) but there has never been any broken skin and it seems like it's gone on too long and is too symmetrically located to be this? The other thing I wondered is if it could be where his ears touch the top of the crate in the car when he sits up. He isn't crated at home but is in the car and he goes in this at least once a day. With the ear tips being sensitive parts of the body, could this be a possibility (He began going in the crate in the car end of May but maybe grew enough now to touch the top!)?! Just a note, he was castrated a month before the problem appeared...could hormones be anything to do with it?! And finally.... I've read a lot about this problem seeming to appear in winter but this is the opposite, he was fine from January through to July, so not sure what's going on! I have attached pics taken today. He doesn't seem at all bothered by it....but I am! As you can see, I have considered lots of reasons including hyperthyroidism and am generally driving myself mad now lol! Any shared experiences would be greatly helpful! Thanks so much x