Whilst there are of course numerous skin diseases that show
as hair loss, it is well recognised amongst greyhound enthusiasts that a proportion
of otherwise healthy greyhounds develop hair loss or a thinning of the hair
coat in certain regions of their body, that seems to
occur for no specific reason. When the hair loss affects the thighs, it is
often called the bald thigh syndrome, but other body regions may also be
affected. The extent of this hair loss or coat thinning can vary from mild to large
areas of obvious hair loss. In any individual dog, the hair loss may be getting
steadily better or worse, remain unchanged, or come and go.
there are numerous opinions on possible causes and treatments for this type of
baldness, really very little is known about the extent of the problem, the
cause, the heritability, the course, the prognosis or effective treatment. The
problem is also not well recognised in the veterinary profession.
As part of
a bigger study looking into this problem in different greyhound populations
(including those in training), a questionnaire survey is being launched for retired
greyhounds to find out how common hair loss/coat thinning is, which body areas
are affected, and which factors are associated with it, as a basis for further
studies. Importantly, all owners of retired
greyhounds, whether affected by hair loss or not, are asked to take part in
The questionnaire can be downloaded from http://www.rvc.ac.uk/Hospitals/QMH/Referrals/ClinicalTrials/Dermatology.cfm#alop.
The survey is carried out strictly for scientific reasons. All information
received will be treated with the strictest confidence.
investigator responsible for this study is Dr Anke Hendricks, a European and
RCVS Specialist and Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology at the