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Ask the Vet About Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats

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Ask the Vet About Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Mar 13, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Hamster hair loss

Question:Hi my short haired Syrian hamster has some hair loss on her front part of her face and I was wondering what caused it please let me know soon as possible thank you in advance

Answer:I am pretty exclusively small animal (dogs and cats) so I don't know much about hamsters. I would recommend contacting whomever you purchased the hamster from - they would also know if other hamsters that had been around your hamster had the same problem to know if it might be contagious (like ringworm, etc). Another option is a veterinarian near you that specializes in "exotic" medicine - believe it or not, we call hamsters "exotic" lol. Most veterinary schools have an exotics department and you can call them as well to see if you can leave a message for someone.

Date: Feb 28, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss but no irritation

Question:I have 2 Airedale terriers and one of them ( the male, younger one) has one patch of hair missing and thinning on both sides. I think it might of been the weeds that grew in the yard that he ran up against, I recently cut them down, but I want to try to thicken his coat back up. The patch doesn't irritate him and he acts perfectly fine.

Answer:A lot of conditions can cause hair loss in dogs - most of the time there is underlying irritation but if there is none and especially if he is under a year of age, I would have him checked for Demodectic mange. They can check him for other things while you are there. If it was from the weeds, it should steadily regrow. Be sure he is eating a proven good quality, well-balanced diet. Proven is a key word here because foods can make all kinds of good-sounding claims without having good quality food. Omega 3 Fatty acids may help as well, like this product: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+Soft+Chews-prod11379.html

Date: Feb 23, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Guinea pig

Question:My guinea pig has a rash above its left eye. Does not look like ring worm. Wondering what else it might be. We just got her yesterday

Answer:A rash can be just about anything - including ringworm because it isn't always just circular hair loss. If it doesn't steadily improve, you may want someone to take a look at it, even if it's the pet store where you got her. Call them to see if others are having problems that she was housed with. Don't put any human medications that you haven't ok'ed with a veterinarian because their stomachs can be sensitive to even Neosporin, like a rabbits.

Date: Feb 22, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Shedding

Question:I love my little guy but I don't love the amount of hair that he sheds. I keep a lint brush at home, in my car, at work because I find hair everywhere. I use a FURminator which does help some. I end up with a huge ball of hair. I tried the Super Pure Omega 3 Soft Chews. At first he loved them but I noticed they started to make him vomit and he started just leaving them on the floor. Is their anything that I can try that won't upset his stomach? He is 8 years old, so he is a little old man set in his ways! Thanks!

Answer:Clients have been asking me this for 22 years and I always say that I actually like when I hear you say this, because it means he's healthy and on a good, quality diet, but I'm not going to be able to help you much. When the Furminator came along, that really does help. Another thing that helps with hair all over the house is to shave them down pretty close - this is what I do to my own dogs. Mine are spoiled rotten indoor dogs in Georgia - you would need to be careful if you are in a colder climate.

Date: Feb 22, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  hair loss of my dog

Question:blueheeler cross english short haired pointer. blueheeler colours with a small blanket of black over her back. she has lost a lot of the white hair and virtually all the black hair off around 80% of her body. She is still fit and healthy and does not urinate excessively. She is 1.8 years old and has a beautiful nature but she is nearly completely bald

Answer:Many things can cause generalized, extensive hair loss like that. You definitely want your veterinarian to check her for the most common cause: hypothyroidism - it's an easy, quick blood test. They can screen her for some of the others with blood work (Cushings disease, etc). I'm assuming she isn't itchy - but if she is, that adds allergies to the top of the list. Once you and your veterinarian have ruled out all the diseases, there are rare baldness/alopecia disorders that certain dogs get that don't really affect their general health (kind of like male pattern baldness in people).

Date: Feb 7, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:My cavalier is loosing hair rapidly in patches in the last three days. There is no redness or signs of rashes where she is loosing her hair. She has had a skin scrape, no mites were found. She is on bravecto. I feed her royal canin dermatology food. Her paws are red and irritated since 30/11/17 and I have been given cortavance cutaneous spray for her paws there is A slight improvement for her paws. Any help or advice I can suggest to my vet would be appreciated.

Answer:Skin rashes can be caused by a variety of problems such as contact, environmental, and food allergies. I recommend having this issue looked at by a veterinarian. You can book a vet house call at http://bit.ly/2k0cWop Shanna Harris, Veterinary Technician

Date: Feb 6, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Losing fur on back by tail

Question:Is it skin mites or dandruff. I did put advantage on him two days ago

Answer:Hair loss over their tail often means they are allergic to fleas so I'm glad that you put the Advantage on him. Sometimes you won't even see the fleas but one flea bite can cause significant scratching and hair loss if they are allergic to fleas. If he doesn't improve after you are sure all the fleas are gone, then you would want to consider other things: allergy to other things, mites, ringworm, etc.

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Thinning fur

Question:I have about a year and a half year old American bull dog mix. As of recently he has been shedding and now it's gotten to where his fur is just thinning out in patches. He doesn't scratch or bite at himself. I'm. It sure if it's an allergy or mange?

Answer:Hi, Skin rashes can be caused by a variety of problems such as contact, environmental, and food allergies. You should consult a veterinarian to have it looked at. Shanna Harris, Veterinary Technician

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss on tail

Question:Hi my dog has had hair loss on his tail for about a year now! He always biting it so it's caused all the hair to fall off.. he had fleas in summer time due to being in backyard but I haven't seen any well my question is what can I get to help regrow the hair? The tail is the only place it's gone from!

Answer:Hi Ranisha, Skin rashes can be caused by a variety of problems such as contact, environmental, and food allergies. You should consult a veterinarian to have it looked at. Shanna Harris, Veterinary Technician

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: chews

Question:Hi my dog had a skin rash and his hair is still not coming back. My question is what kind of chews should I use for my small dog.

Answer:Dog's hair grows in cycles like ours does, so just waiting is an option as long as he isn't itching and doesn't still have skin lesions (even flaking can be a sign that the skin infection hasn't fully resolved and you may need to go with medicated shampoos.) There are a lot of good chews out on the market that may help. This is a good one that we carry: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+Soft+Chews-prod11379.html If his hair seems like it is really taking an extremely long time, he may have an underlying condition like hypothyroidism, so have him rechecked by your veterinarian.

Date: Jan 27, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair coming out on back of legs

Question:Hello on my dogs back legs at the top, his hair has turned a whitey colour and is comming out quite a bit on a patch either side. There are no bald patches and he doesnt seem to have fleas?

Answer:Hi Katie, The hair turning white is a little odd - since he has it on both sides it makes me think he is rubbing up against something. Watch how he lays down and see if he rubs up against the rough ground right there. Chronic trauma can cause the hair to turn white. It's hard for me to say though without seeing it.

Date: Jan 25, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shampoo

Question:I have a dog that had sarcoptic mange and was wondering what shampoo I should use to get his hair to start coming back. The mange is gone but his hair is not growing back very good

Answer:Hi Cathy, There isn't a specific shampoo that really (actually) stimulates hair regrowth. If he still has scabs, pimples, pustules or even flaky skin he may still have a low grade skin infection that is preventing his hair from regrowing. There are many really good medicated shampoos out there that may help with that: ones with benzoyl peroxide, Chlorhexidine and/or ketoconazole seem to work well. Which ever one you choose - they all seem to work better if you soap up your dog and let the shampoo sit on him for about 10 minutes, then rinse it off. If he doesn't have a secondary skin infection, just give it some time. If his hair takes a REALLY long time to grow back, have them recheck him - I have seen some dogs with other/additional skin issues like Demodectic mange in addition to Sarcoptic that might require a little more treatment. Be sure he is on a good, high quality diet as well for his hair to grow back quickly. Good Luck!

Date: Jan 14, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: is it demodex

Question:Yes my dog daisy is a dashador I have had her to the Dr they gave her a shot it helped some but she's scratching and biting and losing her hair on tail and back they said she was allergic to fleas I think she has demodex what is the best treatment to heal her and get her fur back

Answer:I would NOT assume it is demodex mange mites, as most of time in adult pets, allergies and secondary yeast and/or bacterial infections are more likely involved. A vet exam and allergy assessment is needed as well as whether infections need to be addressed. You can try oral benardryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily, as well as add fatty acid like Be WEll from 1800petmeds to meals. Ask vet about newer drugs called Apoquel and cytopoint, which are both prescriptions

Date: Jan 11, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:I have a 12 year old Schnoodle who is losing hair on his neck, the front of his legs and a spot on his side. The vet has tested him for Cushings disease and thyroid issues both were negative. His skin is healthy. No itching redness or inflammation. Are there any supplements that might help him regrow hair?

Answer:He may have atypical Cushings Disease or another condition called alopecia x. You can try supplements like melatonin and lignans, which are also used in dogs with Cushings. See lignans for pets website which you can google on line

Date: Jan 4, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:Hi my dog alfie is a 7 year old beagle. 12 months ago he was put on anti seizure tablets and steroids. I've just noticed under his hair at the bottom was a crust and skin really red. When I touched it all the area hair fell out. Could u please explain why this may occur.

Answer:Hard to say without examining dog. See vet for exam, skin scrape and/or possibly fungal or bacterial culture for proper diagnosis and treatment


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