Dog Hair Loss
- information, causes, symptoms and treatment
Hair Loss in Your Dog: No Itching?
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.
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.
are a number of conditions where dogs may experience hair loss without
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
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
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.
Vaccine Hair Loss.
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.
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.
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.