July 30, 2010
My name is Erica I have a 81/2month old brindle frenchie lately I’ve noticed around her eyes she seems to be loosing hair and today one of her eyes looks a little puffy. I use puppy wipes to clean her face but have stopped using them just in case I didn’t know if it was from the wipes or maybe her food. We use purina pro plan just wondering what I could do at home first to prevent going to the vet.
From your description & your dog’s age that sounds like an outbreak of demodectic mange or a proliferation of mites. Mites normally live peacefully on a dog’s skin but can get out of hand and start to multiply. Since they live in the base of the hair follicle they will cause the hair to fall out. Around the eyes is one of the places it shows up.
Most cases of mites will resolve themselves on their own with no treatment. It is difficult to treat by the eyes because most products should not be allowed in eyes.
Diet is important in your dog’s immune system’s ability to fight off invaders like mites. I would suggest you get a higher quality diet for your Frenchie. Go to your local specialty dog food store (not a big box store) and get a human grade food made with no corn, no wheat, no soy, no chicken. Try a lamb and rice formula I recommend in my book such as Prairie or a fish diet like Taste of the Wild.
Good luck – keep me posted.
Your Bulldog Pal,