Reasons For Dog Hair Loss
There are a whole host of reasons why your dog can start losing patches of his hair or what we called dog hair loss. Some of these things you can do absolutely nothing about, but others you can. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why dogs can suffer from hair loss.
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As your dog gets older, you may notice that he has more areas of thinning hair. Some dogs just develop hair loss as they get into their old age. Hair Loss happens with plenty of people, so it’s no surprise that the same issue can effect animals too. His body is just getting a little less efficient at doing things as he gets older.
Dog mange comes in two different main forms – demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Both of these can cause hair loss that starts out as being very localized but can spread to being more widespread. Dermodex mange effects dogs from a young age and they pick up the parasitic mite that causes it from their mothers and cause hair loss. It’s normal for puppies to get dermodex mites, but when their population spirals out of control it causes skin problems and hair loss in the dog. Treat this mange with herbal shampoo and spray. Sarcoptic mange is usually only found in dogs that are in very bad health. This is a contagious disease that will have your dog scratching so hard that he injures himself. It’s unlikely that he has sarcoptic mange unless he is in bad health and has caught it from another animal. See your vet to treat this mange that causes hair loss.
Allergies in dogs can cause localized hair loss. Just as people can be allergic to all sorts of environmental factors, so too can dogs. This may be a specific toxic chemical or a more mundane food ingredient, but the effect can be itchy inflamed skin and hair loss. Try to track down the source of the allergy that causes hair loss. What new things has your dog been exposed to lately?
Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that can cause localized hair loss and itching. Your dog most probably caught this fungal infection from another animal. Treat the irritated area with a herbal solution and disinfect his toys, bowls and bedding to prevent hair loss. The ringworm should disappear in no time at all.
As you can see, hair loss in dogs can be caused by a number of factors, and this list is by no means exhaustive. With some careful action, you can often get to the bottom of your dog’s hair loss quite quickly and take steps to reverse it. If in doubt, see you veterinarian.
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www.doghealthproblemsadvice.com – Dr Sam Meisler, a small animal veterinarian, discusses dog mange caused by scabies (sarcoptes scabei) and hair loss. Mange in dogs can be an intensely itchy skin issue that is also highly contagious to other pets and also the human members of the household.
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Scratching is a common symptom in dogs, and a whole range of underlying causes can be responsible. If your dog is scratching, it is advisable to seek treatment as soon as possible, as self trauma can cause secondary injuries that may extend the duration, and cost, of treatment. So, if you have noticed your dog scratching, what should you do about it?
Firstly, ask yourself when was the last time I put anti-flea medication on him/her? Most spot-on flea products only provide protection for a month, so if it has been longer than this then you should re-apply the medication. Be aware that anti-flea products that are on sale in supermarkets and pet shops are general sales list products, and are not as effective as the products available from your veterinarian. However, Frontline® has recently been made available on general sale and so can be purchased without a prescription.
If flea treatment is up to date, with a reputable product, the next step is to rule out mites. Most anti-flea products do not kill mites. The most common type of mite infection in dogs is sarcoptic mange, also known as scabies. This mite causes an intensely itchy dermatitis that can also be transmitted to humans. It is often spread by foxes, so if you have many foxes in your area, this is one to be especially aware of. This is one you have to approach your veterinarian for. Scabies is diagnosed either by doing skin scrapes (using a scalpel blade to scrape debris from one of the affected areas, placing it on a microscope slide, staining it and examining it under a microscope) or via a blood test. Many vets though will choose to simply apply the appropriate drug and if the itchiness stops, a presumptive diagnosis is made. If your dog does have scabies, your vet might give a one off steroid injection to alleviate the itchiness in the short term until the anti-parasitic drug kicks in.
If external parasites have been ruled out, the next step is to rule out a bacterial infection, a yeast infection or ringworm. Of these, only ringworm is potentially transmissible to humans. Ringworm is not actually a worm, but a type of fungus. It is usually tested for by examining the affected area with an ultraviolet light, which causes a certain type of ringworm spore to glow green. If ringworm is diagnosed, your vet will dispense either oral or topical medication to cure it. Bacterial infections are treated with a 2-3 week course of antibiotics, whereas yeast infections are usually treated with a medicated shampoo.
If parasites, bacteria, yeasts and ringworm have all been ruled out then your pet probably has an allergy. This could be a food allergy, a contact allergy or an environmental (e.g. pollen) allergy. For further information on allergies in dogs, see my next article: “The Itchy Dog: is it an Allergy?”
My dog has some balding and she bites on her back close to her tail,shes lost hair and her skin is black and rough.
Sarcoptic mange is very contagious to humans and other animals, but it sounds like your dog has a flea allergy and possibly other allergies as well. dogs with fleas will typically chew at the base of their tail and dogs with chronic allergies will typically develop black skin. SEE YOUR VET!
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