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Dog Hair Loss - information, causes, symptoms and treatment

Some breeds of dogs are prone to hair loss. Greyhounds for example. See "Daz" above. Can you see how bald he is going on the top and the inside of his back legs and his belly? He might look a bit odd but he is a happy chap and perfectly healthy. 

Whislt greyhounds are subject to hair loss, and dog can lose hair for any number of reasons. It's not uncommon, has many causes and can generally be treated. What we will take a look at on this web site are some of the causes, symptoms and treatment of dog hair loss. Please remember that this web site is for informational purposes and to ALWAYS consult a vet if you are concerned about your dog's health

A note of thanks to "Daz" for his inspiration.

Hair loss in humans is seen by some as devastating from a vanity point of view. Others, however, do not have a problem with it. For humans, hair loss is often associated with genetics and is not linked to illness – although, of course, sometimes it is. In dogs, hair loss can, indeed, be a result of poor health and can signal illness. Usually, it offers a red flag to dog owners, warning them that there is an underlying condition and that veterinary intervention is probably required.

Possible Causes of Hair Loss in Dogs:

Allergies.

These are similar to human allergy sufferers. Food, pollen and dust produce allergies that can lead to hair loss in dogs. Flea bite is another common allergy in dogs. Rather than the dog being allergic to the actual flea, it is the saliva that the dog reacts to. Food allergies are often indicated by itching, hair loss and the licking of their feet. The itching can also result in infection as a result of relentless scratching. Other allergies arise from substances in the atmosphere (such as pollen) and environment (such as household cleaning products or rubber).

Hereditary Causes.

Genetic inheritance to specific conditions can also be a cause of hair loss in dogs. Some of these conditions include Black Hair Follicular where puppies lose their dark hair. Another inherited condition that causes hair loss is Color Dilution/Mutant Alopecia. This occurs at about six months of age, and the blue and fawn colored hair is lost. Pituitary Dwarfism, a condition that interferes with the normal development of the dog, also causes hair loss.

Parasites.

Another nasty cause of hair loss in dogs is that of parasites, such as fleas or mites. Fleas enjoy moist and warm conditions and, with the use of indoor heating, the perfect environmental conditions exist for infestation. If your dog has an allergy to fleas, the symptoms can be far more problematic. There are many products on the market that interfere with the lifecycle of the flea. All bedding, floors and yards should also be treated to eradicate infestations. Mite is another parasite that causes hair loss in dogs.

Mite produces mange and three types include: Sarcoptic, Demodectic, and Cheyletiellosis. The mites responsible for Sarcoptic mange do not bury themselves as deeply under the dog’s skin as the Demodex mite, so treatment is easier. Demodectic mange is most likely in those dogs that have a low immune system. It is more difficult to rid as the mites bury themselves deeper under the skin. Hair loss, redness, scales, pustules and legions are common signs that your dog might have mange. It is necessary, however, to see a veterinarian who will use skin scrapings to confirm if it is mites.


Stress and Poor Diet.

Psychological abuse and stress can also cause hair loss in a dog, as well as poor nutrition. There are many causes of hair loss in dogs. Often the symptoms provide a way of determining what the cause might be. In some cases, it is possible to remedy the situation yourself with just diet or eradication of causation factors, such as not using household chemicals.

In other cases, it is necessary to visit your local veterinarian who can determine what the actual problem is.

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