Ask the Vet About Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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 17, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fur sheds
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Question:Hello dr I have 11 months old German shephard and he is shedding hair pl advice me what’s the reason Sam Thanks

Answer:Could be normal shedding. If there is patchy hair loss though: There are so many causes of alopecia (allergies, hypothyroidism, demodex, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc) you & your veterinarian 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: Jun 3, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 4
Topic: Pulling fur and washing
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Question:Hi, my name is Jaidyn and I have two rabbits named momo and robin. We got them spayed And nurtured a month ago and they have been living together For a few days and everything is fine except the male won?t stop pulling fur from my females head. Robin my female is losing all her fur because he keeps pulling it out. Why is he pulling her fur out and how can I help him stop? Robin doesn?t seem bothered but it looks terrible and it?s just not good. Also, can I give my rabbits a bath? And if I can what soap should I use?

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

Date: May 28, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Bald spots
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Question:Hi.This is a female stray cat.She?s generally healthy and active cat..Lately I?ve noticed few hairless spots on the back of her neck.One of the bald spots also has a small scratch in it and I think they are itchy as well because she rubs her head against the things..what is the cause of these hairless patches?Is it a contagious disease?Can the stress be the cause of it since there is another stray cat in the area that she doesn?t get along with and she also got in a fight with another cat..

Answer:There are many things that cause this (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: May 17, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 2
Topic: One spot gradual hair loss over months
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Question:About three inches. Photo? Black lab

Answer:There are so many causes of hair loss/alopecia (allergies, hypothyroidism, demodex, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc) you and 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: May 14, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Skin / Hair Loss
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Question:Cat is loosing hair and scratching herself raw

Answer:There are many things that cause itching and 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

Date: May 14, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Over Grooming?
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Question:5 years ago I rescued a 3 year old cat. When I got her 2/3 of the hair on her tail was gone. I was told it was her diet. She came from a home that had several small yappy dogs and I wondered if it was stress. After her hair grew back in she did well for a year, then I went away for a week and had someone come in twice a day to feed everyone and clean the litter boxes. When I came home 1/3 of her whole body hair was gone. It's been 2 years since then and 2 weeks ago I noticed that hair is missing on her hind legs and abdomen. Is there an OTC product that would help with over grooming? I am a retired widow, and home 90% of the time. They are fed Blue Buffalo for sensitive stomachs. With 4 cats am reluctant to put anything on the food or in the water.

Answer:There are many things that cause hair loss this this (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: May 12, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Chelytiella Revolution Plus
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Question:I feed a furry feral cat who has chelytiela. Can I purchase Revolution plus without a prescription? Hair loss is getting bigger.

Answer:It requires a prescription from someone who has met you and the cat in person - try a local mobile veterinarian.

Date: May 8, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Over grooming cat
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Question:My cat is licking her fur off. I took her to the vet and after a lot of blood work there was no medical reason for it so they started her on fluoxetine. That just made it worse. Is there something else I could try? She is a 2 year old black domestic shorthair. Thank you.

Answer:There are many things that cause itching like this (allergies, mange, ringworm, behavioral, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some more 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: May 5, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Losing Hair, red irritated skin.
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Question:Dog is non stop digging and it?s just red and irritated on his butt and back is losing hair as well.

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: May 5, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Chihuahua
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Question:He is almost 11 years old in December he has lost almost all of his fur and he digs so bad that he bleeds what can I do for him he has a very very bad odor on his skin as well

Answer:There are many things that cause this (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: Apr 13, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 4
Topic: Guinea pig hair loss
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Question:I have a guinea pig named Milo and he is under a year old. He is starting to have a bald white patch on his face. I don?t know what it could be. I recently (about a week ago) tried to bond him and my other one year old male Walter together. And there was some chasing but no teeth chattering or biting. I left them alone for a little while after watching them for awhile and I suspected the balding might be walter taking chunks of milos fur but there was no fur in the cage.

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

Date: Apr 11, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Scar and hair loss
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Question:Hi. My cat has a scar on her back with a small patch of lost hair. Not sure how she got it. For context, my cat and I are originally from Seattle. I adopted her in February. However during the covid crisis I relocated to Chicago to be with my fianc? who is based there. This house contains four people (myself, my fianc?, and her roommates) in addition to another cat. My cat (cookie) doesn?t particularly get a long with the other. The other cat has been attempting to use her litter box and eat her food (to be fair cookie eats the other cats food too). Can?t tell if the hair loss is stress related or something else. Please advise

Answer:There are so many causes of alopecia (allergies, ringworm, demodex, 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: Apr 9, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Massive shedding with severe hair loss
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Question:Our 15 month old English Bulldog sheds. However since moving to Belize in February, shedding has become worse. Prior to moving from California, we treated with monthly topical K9 Advantix 2 with no adverse reaction. Once in Belize we added Heartguard Plus chewable (2 doses so far). His shedding increased and thinning started. March 27th he received annual rabies, and DLAPP vaccines. Now he has massive hair loss from back of neck to tail and both hips. He is on limited ingredient food as well.

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

Date: Apr 6, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 3
Topic: Skin disorders
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Question:My horse keeps losing her hair, we have treated her for rain rot last year and she got her hair back but when I quit putting organic iodine in her food she started losing her hair again

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

Date: Apr 2, 2020
Category: Hair Loss
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Hair loss
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Question:My two dogs have lost a line of hair down their back and tgeyre scalp is dry i bathe them twice a mont but hairs not growing what would help it

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

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