My Golden Retriever is 1.5 yrs old. He lost his fur in the back and tail recently, and vet suggested it might be bacterial infection. For a week we gave anti-bacterial medication and looks like the shedding slowed down.

Now his tail looks like a Labrador. Will it grow back to golden style?

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    All I can say is "probably". If the follicles (the cells that produce hair) are not destroyed, they will continnue producing hair. But there is not enough information to be sure.
    – Elmy
    Aug 16, 2018 at 18:22

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Often if a dog gets shaved for surgery or something like that, the hair won't grow back until the next "shedding cycle" (I'm sure there is a more scientific word for that). I think this is only for dogs like retrievers that have fur, compared to something such as poodle that has to get hair cuts all the time. I would be patient and I am hopeful it will grow back for your pup!

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    Thanks Selene. Yes, now my Golden has fur back as normal. I also give him skin and fur supplement which could also be the reason.
    – Selva
    Nov 26, 2018 at 3:08
  • Glad to hear it, Selva! I give my lab a fish oil supplement every day and it really seems to help keep her fur soft and healthy. I'm sure your supplement helped as well.
    – selene
    Nov 26, 2018 at 15:15

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