My foster dog Charlie went to the vet to get checked out for some missing hair, and we learned he has demodex mange. This is not contagious to other dogs, but it will require several months of treatment. So in addition to medicine for the mange and medicine for secondary skin infections, Charlie will also be receiving weekly baths. Poor guy is not very happy with me right now!
Charlie's not the only hairless dog around here though. Meet Bogey, a Shar-Pei mix. He's missing a lot more hair than Charlie, but he doesn't have mange or any other skin conditions that the vet can find. They're doing some tests to try to determine the problem, but it may just be that Bogey is going to always be mostly hairless.
Bogey came to my house after escaping his previous foster home and going on the run for a week. He had countless volunteers out looking for him and was spotted several times but was too shy to approach anyone. Eventually he was caught in a live trap and came here. He used to be best friends with Charlie at the shelter they both lived at, so I thought they might like seeing each other again. However Charlie seems to think that since he was here first, he should get all the attention and he's not making Bogey feel welcome. Poor Bogey is very afraid of me, doesn't want to play with the other dogs, and just looks really sad all the time.
He's also getting medicine for ear infections and an injury he received while on the run, so I'm playing doctor a lot these days. Hopefully Bogey will start to settle in soon and feel better.