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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: Jul 31, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Back hair loss

Question:My dog has lost hair mainly on spin started at top going along to tail has been in hot weather it's small patchies

Answer:Just hair loss without any other information could be so many different things (allergies, mange, bacterial infection, fungal infection, ringworm, hypothyroidism, other endocrine disorders, etc etc). Have your veterinarian check him/her and run some tests to determine the cause and the best treatment.

Date: Jul 28, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:I bought some topical flea and tick treatment from the vet for my pit bull and she has experienced massive hair loss. She is an outside dog and plays in the rain. It rained the evening I put it on her and I feel as if that's why the medicine spread to other parts of her body. She doesn't seem annoyed by it but it looks awful. I was wondering how long it would take to clear up and if there was anything I could do to help her out. She is taking Benadryl but I was wondering if there was any type of hydrocortisone shampoo that would help. Thanks for your time!!

Answer:I would really need to know the type/active ingredient of the topical flea & tick treatment. They are not typically know to cause "massive hair loss". Many people apply them when their dog starts scratching because of allergies, then the allergies worsen and the people can sometimes think it was the flea treatment. If you really think it was the flea treatment, call the 1-800 number on the packaging and see what they recommend - they will, of course, know their active ingredient.

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin problems severe itching. Odor

Question:My male dog is approx 5 yrs old he is has hair loss, constantly itching, flakey. Patches all over and has a horrible odor even shortly after i bathe him. I have 2. Dogs and the other is not affected. What can i try very very little money

Answer:You ideally need a diagnosis - there are many underlying possible causes and they are treated differently (mange vs allergies, for instance). It sounds like he definitely has a secondary skin infection so using a good medicated shampoo like Malaseb or Malapet every 2-3 days is an option. Soap him up and let it sit for 5-10 minutes to really let it penetrate. Keep all fleas off of him and try a hypoallergenic diet. Try to get him to your veterinarian as soon as you can for a diagnosis so you can really get to the bottom of it. Here is a link to Malapet shampoo if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Malapet+Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html

Date: Jul 6, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Very thin coat on back

Question:While I was deployed my dog started losing his hair on his back. My wife asked the vet what was happening and she told her that it was due to him being stressed with me being gone. However, his hair on his back has never fully recovered and it's very very thin. He's an American Staffordshire Terrier and is blue and he's so beautiful but could be even prettier if his hair on his back was there. I just want him to have all that he's supposed to have and want to know how to help him. Are there home remedies or do we need to take him to his vet for a prescription that will help him get it back? Thank you in advance!

Answer:You can try fatty acid supplements - I will put a link at the end of this to read about our Omega 3 Fatty Acids. If he continues to lose hair or gradually gets more sparse, have your veterinarian check his thyroid - it's an easy blood draw to screen for hypothyroidism. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+-prod10910.html

Date: Jul 4, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unsure what's happening.

Question:Can you tell me what this is? Tried to add a pic but it wouldnt let me. My puppy has little circle patches all over. Mostly on the underside of his body. Many are red and look irritated.

Answer:I wish I could see that picture but further tests would probably need to be done because it could be a lot of things. Puppy pyoderma is probably the most common condition on puppy ventrums. Other possibilities like ringworm and mange would need to be ruled out with tests.

Date: Jun 30, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: vaccine

Question:I just recently adopted 1 year male cat .He Is not vaccinated or dewormed and he is losing his little amount of hair daily .He is healthy but he vomit his own hairball sometime r mostly he suffered from constipation. I will visit vet for this purpose but I need to know is this condition dangerous for him?

Answer:He may have allergies which makes him itchy and makes him over-groom causing hairloss and hairballs. Get rid of all fleas - one flea can make an allergic cat miserable. If he has never been vaccinated or dewormed, he definitely needs both - the latter may help with the vomiting (and possibly the hairloss). Your veterinarian can check him for other causes of hairloss like ringworm and mange.

Date: Jun 26, 2017
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hair loss problem

Question:My hafe simese have blue gray cat has been pulling his hair out on his belly only why is he doing this my female cat doesn't ​do this only ​my male

Answer:Have your veterinarian check him for allergies - this is probably the most common reason. They can rule out other conditions that are more rare like ringworm, behavioral reasons, etc. as well.

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.


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