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Dog Hair Loss - information, causes, symptoms and treatment

Hair Loss in Your Dog: No Itching?

Hair loss in dogs is not an unusual occurrence. It is only natural. However, when the pattern of hair loss in your dog becomes abnormal, it is time to take action. We are instantly alerted to the constant scratching. It is a sign telling us something is wrong.

For our dog, incessant itching can signify a number of serious and not so serious conditions. In contrast to abnormal levels of itching, the dog may experience hair loss without scratching. We might just one day notice unusual patterns of hair loss. Unlike the relentless itching, which is like a flashing red light to warn the pet owner, hair loss without the scratching can be unexpected and come as quite a shock.

There are a number of conditions where dogs may experience hair loss without scratching.

Localized Demodectic Mange.

In this condition, hair loss is not associated with itching. It mostly occurs in puppies; is often seen around the face and front leg area; and often rights itself within the first eight weeks. Sometimes, however, it does not rectify itself, and the localized type turns into the generalized type of demodectic manage. It can spread over the body and, in such instances; there is a propensity towards bacterial infection.

Fungal Infection.

Ringworm, a type of fungus, does not make the dog itch, but it does cause hair loss in the affected area. The fungus deteriorates the hair shaft and consequently the hair snaps. Ringworm is spread through contract with another animal or object that has also been in contact with an infected animal.

Alopecia Areata.

There is no itching associated with this condition. The patterns of hair loss occur mostly around the head, neck and body. There is a single patch of hair loss. It can be reversible or permanent. Parts of the hair follicle are attacked and the dog’s hair shaft is destroyed.

Rabies Vaccine Hair Loss.

This condition is occasionally experienced in small breeds of dogs (mostly). Changes in pigmentation, as well as hair loss, can also occur. The symptoms often appear within six months of vaccination. It can right itself or can spread throughout the body.

Excessive scratching in dogs can tell us that something is wrong. Often this scratching leads to hair loss and possible secondary infection. Sometimes, however, the dog does not experience itching and hair loss can occur anyway. At times owners can diagnose by sight (e.g. ringworm) or by having background knowledge of the dog (e.g. recently vaccinated). Other times, however, it remains a mystery.


It is necessary to consult your local veterinarian as soon as possible in all cases. Hair loss in dogs can signal serious illness or can spread to create further conditions. 

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