I’m sure that some of you have noticed the bald spot on my right hip. I’m glad no one has asked about it because, frankly, it’s a bit embarrassing. When I was at the vet clinic in AUGUST 2011 (!!!) I thrashed a bit under anesthesia and my butt hit the wall. Here is a photo of my recovery from The Theft and you can see my fur is a tad thin by the right hipbone.
Four months later, it is still a bit thin over my hipbone, but it didn’t look like a big deal.
It has been one year, now. It’s late summer in the front yard, and I don’t care about my bald spot. The weather is nice and life is good!
I’m a little pouffy here, which always makes me look bald: you can see straight through to my skin…or leather. You can really see through in the bald areas.
This is October, 2012, which would be a really great time for new fur to fill in. It has now been over a year, so I am good and ready to get some nice coverage for winter!
But here it is mid-November and…nothing.
In February I am really wishing I had a butt-hat or something for that spot!
It’s time to face the fact: I am actually getting balder! Where is my beautiful fur going?
Let’s take a good close look. Capybaras that don’t swim much can get skin problems like bad dandruff. My skin looks healthy and clean, though. I even have lots of short fur in that area. It just isn’t growing long.
In fact, I am still shedding. I can see that I am losing a lot of fur because it is all over my green blanket! But not so much on the not-green blankets, hmmmm.
The fur is missing right around the hip bone. My hips kind of stick out.
My fur is very coarse, like coconut fibers, not entirely uniform in thickness, and it is a little bit barbed. It really gets stuck in that green blanket!
In March I am even more bald, and I am still shedding! It has been 1-1/2 years since I bumped that wall at the vet clinic! Does this have anything at all to do with that incident? Maybe my hip bones just stick out and fur rubs off. I’m doomed.
I think something is rubbing the fur off! The green blanket! I pull it up over my head every night! Could it be the culprit? Is the green blanket- the one that always seems to be covered with fur- actually breaking my fur off? Or pulling it out? The photo below was taken April 8, and the green blanket is gone. It’s an experiment.
The last photo is April 18, yesterday. I am probably imagining it, but I think some hairs are beginning to grow out! Let’s see what happens! I’ll keep you posted!
[originally published April 19, 2013]