Recently I noticed my 22 month old Irish Setter has
bald patches on both hips--almost idential on each side. He still seems to be active, but doesn't seem to have the stamina he used to have. I took him for a complete blood workup and it came back that his cholestrol was high and his blood platelets on the low side (128,000) My vet is concerned
of a possible Auto immune disorder. We are going to repeat the tests in a few weeks--do you have any other input on this. I read about a
disorder common to Irish Setters called Immune Thyroiditis--that can eventually lead to Hypothyroid--but so far his
thyroid is showing ok--could this still be the problem?
Bilateral symetrical alopecia which is the hair loss you are describing can mean many things. It could be a primary edocrine disorder such as diabetes, cushings, hypothyroid. Other possibilities are hormonal imbalances or autoimmune disorders. The fact that his plateletts are low worries me. I would have them checked again soon to rule out an autoimmune thrombocytopenia but hairloss if not often seen with an a autoimmune thrombocytopenia. Good luck, vetcare