I just got back from the veterinarian’s office. I thought that my dog had symptoms of mange so I took him to the doctor to see why his fur was falling out. After the scrape/blood tests came back negative, the vet questioned me about when I first noticed the symptoms so that she could determine what else it could be. The only thing I could think of was that last week I bathed my dog and it was a bit weird that once his coat dried, he was excessively itchy. His skin was crawling and he also made a lot of whining noises. I thought that perhaps the shampoo was a little strong and that it dried out his skin a bit. Two days later my boxer’s hair was falling out in tufts. I did not attribute this new problem of bald spots with the use of the new shampoo I used on my dog. Instead I suspected it was mange. I thought that it had to be mange because fur does not just fall away like this. After the veterinarian determined that it was not mange, she said that it sounded to her like De Niro was having an allergic reaction. She asked me what brand of shampoo I had used and I told her that I used Hartz – Groomer’s Best Oatmeal Shampoo. At hearing me say that, she slapped her forehead and advised me that Hartz has a long history of denying that their products have caused pets to die. She told me to never, EVER, use Hartz products ever again. My poor doggy. I’m sorry that I didn’t know that before I used Hartz on him.