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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Jan 17, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:Hello! My dog is itchy and chewing his fur in different spots on his legs and body. Is there anything you reccomend to do? The vet said it wasn't mange and just wants to keep giving steroids for the itch. My poor baby. I have switched foods to see if thay made a difference and it hasn't. Thank you, Deanna

Answer:Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Jan 16, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hair balls

Question:Hairball remedy

Answer:There are many options: foods, chews, pastes, etc. Here is one such product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Laxatone-prod1342.html

Date: Jan 14, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Maltese Shedding

Question:I have a 3 year old Maltese that I got about 5 months ago. When i got her, she was given a clean bill of health at her vet. Recently, I¿ve noticed that when I brush her, there are excessive amounts of hair that come out. She doesn¿t have any bald patches, but I am alarmed by the amount of hair she¿s losing. What could be my dog¿s issue?

Answer:Hair loss without patchy baldness, may be normal shedding - they sometimes shed more in the winter when we turn on the heat inside. There are so many causes of patchy hair loss (allergies, hypothyroidism, demodex, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc) you really need to determine an underlying cause because all of these are treated very differently. Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm

Date: Jan 6, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:I have noticed that for the past 2months my German Shepard is loosing an exaggerated amount of hair, what is going on? And what can I do? I am worried she has worms

Answer:If she does not have patchy areas of hair loss and is not itchy and she is indoor, it may be from staying in a warm environment if you are turning the heat on. If she does have patchy hair loss: There are so many causes of alopecia (allergies, hypothyroidism, demodex, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc) you really need to determine an underlying cause because all of these are treated very differently. Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm

Date: Jan 3, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Health

Question:My cat has an irritating bald spot on the back of his neck scratched all the hair off of it and I don¿t know what¿s wrong with him

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Dec 29, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: tail

Question:I can feel bare bone about 3/4 inch from my cat's tail. I know of no injury as he and I live alone. It does not appear to cause any pain. He acts normal. I am the one concerned.

Answer:I would have to examine him to really guess what is going on: old fracture that healed odd, normal anatomy and he is just skinny, cancer, etc. etc. so have your veterinarian check it out to see.

Date: Dec 4, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: 1 bold spot on the back

Question:She is 2 years 6 month. What could be the reason? It happened so suddenly, at the same time the shedding increased. I am very worried. She is not overgrooming, i watch her all the time .

Answer:There are so many causes of hair loss/alopecia (allergies, ringworm, mange, pyoderma, etc etc) you really need to determine an underlying cause because all of these are treated very differently. Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm

Date: Nov 27, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Severe loss of hair

Question:My 5 year old short haired solid black kitty has almost no hair left on her back legs and thighs and very little on her front legs. Our vet checked her for skin issues and she didn¿t see any. We think it may be stress due to the fact that my Yorkshire Terrier isn¿t very nice to her. What can we do for her?

Answer:Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm

Date: Nov 21, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy hair loss

Question:My 9 week old Shih Tzu puppy is losing the hair on the back of her ears the back of her head and all down her back what could be the cause of this?

Answer:There are so many causes of hair loss, also called alopecia (mange, ringworm, allergies, pyoderma, etc etc) you & your veterinarian really need to determine an underlying cause because all of these are treated very differently. Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm

Date: Nov 2, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat skin coming out and redness

Question:My cat has some problem of skin and skin is coming out of cat and red Puss is there the same problem is in ear

Answer:There are many things that cause skin problems like that (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Oct 31, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog is having alot of hair loss

Question:What should I use for my dog to stop his hair loss?

Answer:There are so many causes of alopecia (allergies, hypothyroidism, demodex, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc) you really need to determine an underlying cause because all of these are treated very differently. Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm

Date: Oct 21, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss and inflammation

Question:What should I do with my 4 and a half year old female dog who has lost a lot of fur? She also has inflammation on her front legs. All of the vets here don't help people with low income. I'm not sure where else to go.

Answer:There are many things that cause itching, inflammation and hair loss (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Oct 20, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Sneezing, Over-grooming, Biting

Question:We adopted our cat Octavia and her sister Alexis about a year ago (November 29th, 2018) and when we brought them home Octavia over the course of about 4-5 Months began loosing hair sneezing biting etc. We've taken her to the vet once and they gave her a steriod shot.

Answer:There are many things that cause itching and hair loss (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Oct 19, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog has hair loss

Question:My dog has been scratching in the same spots around her neck and she started bleed and has hair loss in those spots now the scratching is constant and this just started happening what can I do about this is it a serious problem ???

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Oct 19, 2019
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry patched

Question:Several different area on my dog has dry scaly spots and hair fell out

Answer:There are so many causes of hair loss/alopecia (allergies, hypothyroidism, demodex, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc) you & your veterinarian really need to determine an underlying cause because all of these are treated very differently. Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm


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