Why do dogs have hair loss?
The loss of hair in dogs can be caused by various health conditions. Dogs can even cause this condition unto themselves by licking, gnawing and even scratching excessively. These are usually attributed to severe itch. Fleas, mange and skin infections are the possible causes of itch and hair loss in dogs. In rare cases however, hair loss may occur on any part of the dog’s body.
Cushing's disease which is a hormonal disease can also cause hair loss. Other causes may include feminization and hypothyroidism. With these, symmetrical hair loss can occur and also on the flanks yet the dog rarely itches. Hair loss in dogs may also be a sign of a serious disease and it may not always be linked directly to the skin. It can be an internal problem nonetheless.
There is a number of reasons that causes dogs to lose hair although they tend to happen rarely. On top of which, tests are normally done to determine whatever is the cause of hair loss. Skin scraps are also necessary and vital to determine the loss of hair. Blood tests too can be performed. You must readily consult a vet if your dog loses hair often.
In most cases, excessive biting may be the leading cause of hair loss in dogs. The dog may have begun to bite itself due to some itch on the skin. It may seem that the dog is playing with himself but eventually he may be caught in a very serious problem. The ticks and fleas are the usual instigators that cause excessive biting among dogs. You may begin to notice that your dog continually bites itself till he bleeds. Certainly, when your dog begins to bite his skin you must carefully uncover the reason why he’s doing such behavior. He may have come across something bad that is causing the itchiness or sometimes it may be an allergy. If the dog is allergic to something, he may begin to develop a rash that can bring about to the loss of too much hair.
Old age in dogs, as in humans, can also lead to hair loss. You need not be alarmed of this incident for it is a normal occurrence. Although this is true, you still need to take your dog to the vet for confirmation. You may be thinking that your dog is already old when he is actually having an infection or disease. For the best diagnosis of any problem faced by your dog, take him to your most trusted veterinary clinic.
Moreover, malnutrition can also lead to hair loss among dogs. This may signal that your pet lacks some vital nutrients. If your dog’s diet is lacking calcium and essential vitamins then this problem may arise. The simple cure for such is to ensure that the canine takes in a balanced meal. Exercise and good health will also ensure that the dog does not lose too much of his hair.
In conclusion, exercise, diet, proper cleaning and regular vet checkups will ensure that your dog does not lose hair unnecessarily.
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If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.