My 5 1/2 y/o Summer had a tumor removed and a complete hysterectomy Dec. 19th. Recently we noticed her fur is falling out a lot. When you pet her you end up with a bunch of fur in your hand.
When I had surgery last year. Afterwords, a few months out my hair started falling out in large clumps. I was told the human hair cycle reflects a few months prior and that my hair loss was my body's reaction to the anaesthesia.
Could this be happening in Summer? What could be the causes for a g.p. fur falling out?
She does not look bald but there is fur loss.
Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Now she is like majorly shedding in her fur loss. Every part of her body fur is just clumping off. No real bald spots yet.
I just noticed tonight scab type wounds on both her back under paw areas which I put some ointment on. I don't know if these two things are related or not.
We are still using a towel as her cage liner, so nothing sharp in the cage. She does move her x-large plastic iglo several times a day across her cage to be up over her food dish in the corner. I will move it back across her cage and she moves it right back. That physical exertion might cause scabs on her paws...maybe?
Thank you for the links. I will try vit. c supplementation. Is their a brand or type of supplement you recommend?
Her fur is growing back on her surgical site and she is eating and acting quite well... However, this amount of fur loss is not normal I think.
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Tumor felt in uterus of 5 1/2 yr. old piggie
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Summer is 5 1/2. This past December 19th (2016) we had a very large tumor removed from her uterus and a complete hysterectomy.
Dr. Palomar found her uterus to be stuck to her bladder but was able to carefully remove it. She recovered very well from her surgery. She did however, pull out her stitches on two separate occasions. She also had orange urine for almost 2 weeks after her surgery but that too cleared up. The vet thought that might be some old surgical blood discharge.
Summer has been energetic with a good appetite. She has been on her fortified pellets w/a variety of veggies, greens, timothy hay and a little fruit. We have kept her bedding as towels which are changed daily.
Skip ahead 2 1/2 weeks to current issue:
Summer now has extreme shedding type of fur loss and bilateral scabs on the underside of her rear paws. I have started putting antibacterial ointment on her paws 2x/day as well as changing her bedding now 2x/day.
We made a vet appointment for Monday. Any suggestions on questions to ask?
I started Epsom soaks after reading this. I found the page very informative and have taken notes to discuss with the vet tomorrow.
Frustrating part is Summer has been on towel bedding changed daily (only 1 g.p.). Can towels be too abrasive?