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DateJul 26, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicParasite
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Question:

My hamster has been itching frequently for the past week and I notice a bald spot and hair loss all around the hind end does she have mites?

Answer:

I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your hamster. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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DateJul 25, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicLosing hair and sores
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Question:

Our cat is losing hair and scratching, causing open sores. Could this be due to fleas. It's always bad in the summer.

Answer:

Possibly, but there are many things that cause hair loss and sores 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

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DateJun 19, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicHair pulling
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Question:

My 8 year old cat has pulled a huge bald spot in her hair..i treat her every month with flea meds and she is an indoor cat .what can I do to stop this?

Answer:

There are many things that cause hair loss 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

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DateJun 7, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicRed spot
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Question:

My Dalmatian, Siren, has a red patch on her throat and she is losing her hair. I took her collar off and only put it in her when she walks, but looks like it is spreading and losing her hair in that spot. Can you tell me what this is?

Answer:

There are so many causes of alopecia/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

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DateMay 5, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
Topicweight loss
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My cat is active and has normal behavior. Eats both dry and pate food...seems to have an above average appetite. Might have ear mites...sheds or pulls hair and is skinny.

Answer:

With weight loss as the only clinical sign, it is hard for me to start guessing what might be going on - basically "anything that makes a cat sick", so start by having your veterinarian run some blood work and analyze a fecal sample. Take a fecal sample with you to give them a better sample size and to save the cat from the rod up the rear. It may be as simple of intestinal parasites. If seeing your veterinarian just isn't an option at all, try a broad spectrum dewormer like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateMay 4, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
Topicgrowing patch of hair loss. Has never occured before.
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Question:

Could this be mites or fungal? Have two other cats that are fine, Adultsin the home get frequent fungal infections. Woulda medicated shampo help?

Answer:

There are many things that cause hair loss 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

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DateMay 3, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicFeathers
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Question:

My lovebird keeps itching her head feathers out. I have several other birds that are great but this one I can’t get to stop her from itching out her feathers. Please help

Answer:

I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your bird. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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DateMar 31, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicHair loss
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Question:

What does hair loss mean for a 6 year old dog

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There are so many causes of 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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DateMar 17, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicPlease Help
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I have a almost 14-year-old for baby, who has a lot of non-benign tumors in his body. He has had Removal surgery, but they have came back. He still runs around like he is five years old, although he is extremely overweight. I can tell that these tumors hurt him, but they’re not unbearable. Recently, I started giving him salmon oil, and he received that for a few months. I’ve noticed a bald spot on the back of him near his upper tail. It is about the size of A half dollar. It is completely bald, but he has a lot of dandruff. This has never happened before. You can tell that his skin, is irritating him. He constantly sheds, but he’s never had a bald spot. What do I do? I also wanted to see about getting him some type of pain reliever for his tumors, and his joints. He loves to go swimming, and I can’t keep him out of the lake. However, when he paddles, his biggest humor which is almost the size of a basketball is right beside his right leg, on his chest. So he rubs it back-and-forth, and you can tell that it hurts him. He can still hear, and is very energetic sometimes. But, he doesn’t even hear me when I come in the door anymore if he is sleeping. So my initial question is what can I do for his hair loss, irritated skin, joint pain, and tumor pain?

Answer:

There are many things that cause hair loss & irritated skin (allergies, mange, ringworm, hypothyroidism, 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 There are many treatment options for pain, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm Losing weight will help the pain and will shrink the fatty tumors a little, so definitely start working on that.

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DateMar 14, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
Topicpulling her fur out
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My 7yr old silver tabby is constantly pulling her fur out, I have given her over the counter drops of skin and itch, its heart breaking to see all the fur she pulls out. Have any suggestions ? Thank You in advance.

Answer:

There are many things that cause hair loss like that (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Allergies are the most common - 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 Be sure she is on good flea control like Revolution or Bravecto.

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DateMar 3, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicFrontline flea useage
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Question:

My cat had hair loss at site where flea meds applied. Russian Blue 4/years old.

Answer:

This is fairly common - contact the manufacturer about how to keep this from happening in the future - their hotline experts are usually very helpful. Switching to Revolution or Bravecto may be more effective against the fleas and not cause the hair loss.

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DateMar 3, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicHair loss on tail
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I Have two pit bulls who have been eating dry Canadae dog food since birth. They are losing the hair on their tails. any recommendations?

Answer:

There is so much competition in pet food nowadays, our pets eat much healthier than we do, for sure, so there are many options. The big 4 food companies police each other so carefully, I lean toward their food because I know it has been heavily scrutinized: Royal Canin, Science Diet, Purina, and Blue Buffalo. And then I'm proud of Petco for recently banning all foods that have artificial ingredients, so walk into your local Petco and pick from one of the brands above. Then add some fatty acids to help that hair regrow as well, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Welactin+Omega+3+Canine-prod11837.html Consult your veterinarian for further testing if it doesn't improve or continues to worsen to look for an underlying cause - there are many possibilities.

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DateMar 2, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicBad grooming job
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Question:

My cat when to the groomers and have patches in her fur is their any thing I could use to get it to grow back faster?

Answer:

Good quality food and essential fatty acids may help, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Free+Form-prod11678.html

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DateFeb 28, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicHair loss how to help
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Question:

Our 12 yr old cat started losing hair on her stomach and legs. This started a month or two after we got a new kitten. Is this anxiety related? Is there something we can do for her? We've made sure to make her her own safe space the new kitten doesn't go. We give them both the same affection and food so neither feels neglected or favored. I'm not sure what else we can do.

Answer:

There are many things that cause hair loss like that (allergies, ringworm, mange, 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

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DateFeb 17, 2021
CategoryHair Loss
Pet Typenull
TopicScotiches fold
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Question:

..My 6 year old cat is pulling his hair to where it bleeds in some spots..sometimes its from scratching... I chanced his food..helped for while but now he is back doing again....help please!

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 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 that article but here it starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" which is key to long term success in treating allergies.

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