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6 reasons why your dog loses hair

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Posted on July 02 2018

Seeing a puppy lose his hair can be very difficult to witness. However, the most important thing when it comes to alopecia (as it is known medically to hair loss) is to identify the cause why you are losing it in order to elaborate proper treatment plan run.

There are 6 common reasons why your dog can lose their hair, same that we will enlist next.

1. Pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores or decubitus ulcers, are lesions located on the elbows of dogs or other bone pressure points (hips, hocks, etc.) that are in contact with hard surfaces regularly. This constant pressure and friction generates a callus on the skin, later tends to lose the hair of that area and sometimes to crack and bleed. Pressure ulcers are more common in senior dogs, especially large or heavy breeds.



2. Infection or infestation

An infestation with parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites can result in alopecia. It can also bring about hair loss around the ears, eyes, abdomen and chest, itching and redness. Bacterial or fungal infections, such as in the case of ringworm (which is actually a fungus), can also be attributed to hair loss in dogs. Symptoms of ringworm include circular or irregular hair loss, inflammation and infected crusts.



3. Food allergy

Food allergies are another possible cause of hair loss. Typical symptoms of an adverse allergic reaction include itching that results in excessive scratching, biting, and, of course, hair loss.



4. Environmental allergies

Allergies are a frequent cause of hair loss in dogs. This may be due to environmental triggers such as pollen, mold and dust mites, or due to triggers such as parasites, fleas or mites.



5. Cushing's Disease

Hyperadrenocorticism, also known as Cushing's disease, is a condition caused by a chronic elevation of glucocorticoids in the body. It is the most common hormonal alteration (endocrinopathy) in adult dogs, over 10 years old, although numerous cases have been described in dogs from 6 years of age.



There are some dog breeds that are more genetically prone to hair loss than others. First of all are the hairless dogs that have been bred for the attribute such as the Chinese Crested, the Xolo, and the American Hairless Terrier. Other dog breeds, such as Doberman Pinscher, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Italian Greyhound and Whippet, occasionally suffer from irregular baldness in the outer ear, chest, back, thigh, or lower neck.

6. Genetic



There are some dog breeds that are more genetically prone to hair loss than others. First of all are the hairless dogs that have been bred for the attribute such as the Chinese Crested, the Xolo, and the American Hairless Terrier. Other dog breeds, such as Doberman Pinscher, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Italian Greyhound and Whippet, occasionally suffer from irregular baldness in the outer ear, chest, back, thigh, or lower neck.

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