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Ask the Vet About Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats

Hair Loss
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Ask the Vet About Hair Loss (Alopecia) 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: Jun 12, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair breaking

Question:Hi, I have a rott wieller 7-8months who is losing her fur, it is just like when u bath her, the way the fur break due to water and soap on her fur. She is losing the hair all over not on a particular sport,. What can u give to her, thanks

Answer:You need a diagnosis first before I can recommend anything - hair loss can be caused by many things: infection, mange (both sarcoptic and demodectic), ringworm, allergies, etc. At her age, if she's not itchy, Demodectic mange is probably the most common cause - there are a few different treatment options but they are all prescription so contact your veterinarian, get a diagnosis and they will recommend a treatment.

Date: Jun 9, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair lose

Question:What can I do for my dog to help her form itching and she has white dandruff she had a c-section 2 months ago

Answer:First you will need a diagnosis - many different skin conditions can cause itching and dandruff and they are all treated differently (mange, allergies, pyoderma, etc). A medicated shampoo, like Malaseb or Malaket or Malapet, would probably help, but again, it depends on why she is itching. Here is a link to one medicated shampoo: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Malapet+Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html

Date: Jun 7, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bluetick Coonhound Hair

Question:Good Morning! I have a 10 week old Coonhound puppy that has been staying in a kennel in which I kept my 2 year old Male Doberman (we had to put him to sleep in January). He had Demodex but we got it under control with Bravecto. Our puppy is itching and starting to lose her hair. My husband is worried that she now has mange from being in the kennel. She dug in the dirt. I thought maybe she has an allergy to the cedar chips. Is it possible to contract mange in this way?...can they lay dormant in dirt! Thank you!

Answer:Demodectic mange is not contagious. Sarcoptic mange is contagious, so if that's what your Doberman had, yes, the Sarcoptic mange mite can live off the animal in cedar chips or bedding or even dirt for a while.

Date: Jun 2, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: hair loss on my puppies head

Question:Hello i have chiwawa puppies that are 1 month and couples of days old i've noticed that they are losing there hair, they have bald spots on there head some puppies bigger than the others ( 6 puppies ) i don't know what can be the cause of there hair loss Can you guys please help me !! i'm desperate can you tell me what should i do, what should i use ? any specific treament please? thx advance

Answer:You need a diagnosis first before we can recommend treatment. A lot of things can cause hair loss (ringworm, mange, nutritional deficiencies, etc). Go ahead and deworm them at a minimum.

Date: May 26, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Patch of hair loss

Question:Hello my English bulldog has a patch of dry skin with hair loss on the side of his cheek. He doesn't itch it, what can I give him to treat it and grow his fur back?

Answer:I would recommend first a veterinary exam to make sure mange mites by doing skin scrape or possibly doing fungal culture to rule out ringworm. Allergic dermatitis also possible with secondary yeast and/or bacterial infection so vet exam and evaluation needed to sort these out

Date: May 22, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Will dogs hair grow back?

Question:My family just adopted a couple rescued dogs, that came from a really bad flea infestated home. Both dogs are older, a Pomeranian male 8yrs, with hair missing on back near tail, and a few patches behind ears. The other I'd a 5yr Australian Shepard female, with a lot of hair missing around tail and parts of tail all her under neck and chest. And bits on her legs. Before adoption they were taken to a vet by shelter and treated for the fleas, and ear mites. I was wondering if that hair will grow back, if there is anything we can do to help, and or if the dogs mostly aussie will need extra protection from the sun or other elements and what and how to do so.

Answer:If you have gotten rid of the fleas and they stay gone and they are otherwise pretty healthy, the hair should definitely grow back on it's own. It should grow back quickly enough to where a sunburn shouldn't be an issue - just avoid direct sunlight for extended periods of time until they have a little hair growth. If they aren't regrowing their hair, have them checked by your veterinarian - there are a few (kind of rare, like hypothyroidism) conditions that keep them from regrowing their hair.

Date: May 17, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hair loss

Question:My cat had ringworm and is currently on medication from the vet. The ringworm is clearing up nicely, but now I noticed she is losing hair around her neck and head. What could be causing this? It doesn't seem to be bothering her.

Answer:It may be from the resolving ringworm but she may have another problem like allergies, etc - have your veterinarian recheck her if it continues to worsen.

Date: May 14, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lab

Question: noticed a couple of days ago what looked like mud behind her ears, now it's bloody and looks like something is eating away at her ears. She's not shedding, her hair is falling out. Help...!

Answer:It sounds like she might have a hot spot behind her ear. They will get hot spots for a variety of reasons but when they are right behind their ears, often something is going on inside their ear canal that is itchy, like ear mites or an ear infection - both are usually pretty easy to treat. Have your veterinarian make a diagnosis before you squirt anything down in there - you want to make sure her ear drum is intact, make sure it's nothing like a foreign body or mass and there is nothing more painful than an ear infection so you don't want to squirt medication in her ear canals for ear mites if she doesn't have them.

Date: May 9, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: long hair cat

Question:why does my cat get thick hair balls in her fur. she has many, what can I do to keep her from getting them.and how do you get them out ? Thanks

Answer:Certain cats just genetically have haircoats that matt easier than others. Having a groomer shave them down once or twice a year helps. Once you have her shaved, regular brushing helps keep them out.

Date: May 2, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: inside kitty has developed matted fur.

Question:what could cause this, and what to do about it? will not allow brushing. cat, 6 yrs old, this is new.

Answer:This can be a sign that s/he just doesn't feel well enough to groom like she used to. That is a really broad/general clinical sign, so I would have your veterinarian check her out - (we see this sometimes in our diabetic patients). Once they get really matted, you need to have her shaved by a groomer or your veterinarian - it becomes almost impossible to brush the mats out and scissors are a really bad idea (I have sewn up many lacerations caused this way).

Date: May 1, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: hair fall of dog

Question:Two years old my dog which breed is PUG ,It's hair fall to much ,please advise me a treatment and medicine .

Answer:There are many reasons a dog's hair will fall out: allergies, mange, hypothyroidism, superficial skin infection (bacterial and fungal), ringworm, etc. They are all treated differently. Your veterinarian can determine which problem your dog has and what the best course of treatment is by examining your dog and running a couple easy tests.

Date: Apr 27, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Causes

Question:Tethered out regularly short duration, has non bio siblings ok no hair loss. Subject Jack Russell middle age. Treatment options. Thk U.

Answer:From what I can piece together about your question, you have a middle aged Jack Russell with hair loss - another dog in the house that isn't related, has a normal hair coat. The first question I always have is: is he itchy? Itchy hair loss points more towards allergies (and a couple other things). Non-itchy hair loss points more toward endocrine problems like hypothyroidism. They are treated entirely differently, so I would need a lot more information to make treatment recommendations for you.

Date: Apr 16, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss on End of tail

Question:I have a seven year old rescue long haired dachshund, who was very thin haired when I got her. She will never grow long hair due to the massive stress she had been under before rescue. But I recently noticed after a grooming that she is getting the rat tail on the end of her tail and thinning even more going up, is there anything I can apply or wash her in to help growth. She is currently only gets all natural baths.

Answer:I just had this question the other day (about a Dachsund, because they are predisposed to endocrine problems) so I'm copy and pasting my answer: Just hair loss with no itching suggests an endocrine problem so topical medicine probably wont help. Have your veterinarian check her for things like hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, etc. These sound scary but are often quite treatable.

Date: Apr 13, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss from the tail

Question:My pet Dashound 12 years old is suffering from hail loss from his tail. There is no itching neither he chew his tail but hail fall is severe and his skin is visible. Please advice which medicine or ointment is to be applied. Thanks.

Answer:Just hair loss with no itching suggests an endocrine problem so topical medicine probably wont help. Have your veterinarian check him for things like hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, etc. These sound scary but are often quite treatable.

Date: Apr 1, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pulling out hair.

Question:Our cat, Moky, started pulling out her hair on her tail & hip while we were away for Thanhsgiving last fall. She is 4 yrs old & has always been an indoor cat. We treat her monthly with Advantage 11. We have taken her to our Vet in Dec. & again in March of this year. Our Vet checked her skin for mites & flea and found none. The Vet also checked her stool sample for worms, etc. but found nothing. Our Vet thought maybe she had been bitten by a random flea which turned on Moky's immune system. The Vet put Moky on steroid pills to subdue her immune system but she started vomiting after only a few days on the pills & developed an intestinal blockage which took other medication to relieve it. We had to stop the steroid medication. Since then, Moky has continued to pull out hair on both sides of her body from her rear hips almost to her front hips. We have increased our interaction with her & even tried a 'calming collar' but nothing seems to help or stop her ' hair pulling habit'. We would like to know if you are familiar with similar cases & any suggestions you might have to help Moky stop. She does not seem to be hurting in any way, plays regularly, sleeps normally & has normal litter routines. The hair pulling is affecting my wife & me more than it is Moky. Any inputs you can give us will be greatly appreciated including any suggested test. Thank you in advance for your help. Harold Fletcher

Answer:If Micky cant tolorate steroids, then you could try oral chlorphenirimine as an antihistamine, which may help if the hair pulling is due to environmental, airborne, allergies which can cause this. You could also ask vet about prescription medicine called Amitryptylline, which not only has antihistamine like effect, but also can help if any anxiety component to this symptom. Finally, food allergies and/or food hypersensitivity may be involved here, so you could speak with vet about prescription novel protein diets or what are called Hydrolyzed protein diets.


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