Hair loss (alopecia) in dogs is, unfortunately, quite common. Whether it is partial or total hair loss, it can have effects on your pup.
Symptoms of hair loss are quite evident. However, in some cases you may see that there are patches of hair missing which may accompany inflammation and some crusting-like features. If any of these are present on your dog, you should bring him or her into the pet hospital so one of our vets can take a look.
The most common reason for hair loss is what is called mange. Mange is a form of skin disease caused by mite bites. We will test for mange to rule out that factor. If that is the cause, there is treatment for it.
Allergies to food or anything from the outdoors can also help create hair loss. Intense scratching and/or chewing can create hair loss for your dog. If you see your pup scratching a lot or “for no reason,” please bring your dog into us. Tests need to be administered.
The more usual treatment for hair loss is giving you medicated shampoos to use or antibiotics. When other tests are run and they find something else (allergies, etc.) then a treatment plan will be formulated and gone over with you.
If it is found there is a cancer growth on your dog’s skin, this will have to be surgically removed.
Come see us at Day and Evening Pet Hospital! We look forward to helping you and your dog to live a healthier and happier life!