Have you seen any bald spots on your pet? How about any areas that seem “patchy”? Or maybe some areas where you know they had hair there before but it’s thinned out or just isn’t there at all?
Medically, this is called alopecia. Hair loss can occur for many reasons. To handle it, we need to know the source of the condition.
Listed below are a few reasons why alopecia, or hair loss, can exist for your pet.
Certain dog breeds just lose hair. It’s common for their breed. This is by no means a complete list, but some common breeds with this issue are Chihuahuas, Dachshunds and Dobermans. They can be given extra supplements to help prevent fast hair loss, amongst other things.
It is very common for any dog with hair loss to have some type of allergy. This could be from something outdoors, (parasites, fleas, etc.) or could even be a food allergy. It’s important to get your pup tested. Symptoms of an allergy can also include biting at their own skin, excessive scratching, redness on their skin, and obviously hair loss or thinning-hair where they are itching a lot at. Treatment is available.
Hair loss can be a symptom of a malfunction from inside your dog’s body. These could be the thyroid, adrenals, liver, kidneys, ovaries or testicles. If your pet is experiencing this, he may also be exhibiting:
- weight loss or gain
- drinking more water than usual
- increased urination
- behavior changes
Something can be done about it and we are here to help. Let us know if your dog is experiencing hair loss. It could be as simple as changing his diet! Bring your dog in and our vets will give a thorough examination to figure it out.