Hair problems in dogs

Posted on October 09 2018

Hair problems in dogs

Your dog's hair is often the measuring tool to check the health of your pet. A brittle, dry or falling hair requires a lot of attention and can be a harbinger of a health problem.

The normal fall of hair in dogs

The season seasonal moulting involves a great loss of hair in your dog. Do not panic, these are the cycles of development of your companion and it is quite natural. The coat of a dog is constantly renewed (in spring and autumn) to cope with the thermal conditions of each season.

The most abundant losses concern in particular dogs with medium or long hairs. Finally, another case of normal fall of the hair affects bitches in full gestation or who have just given birth.

Loss of dog hair due to diseases

If you do not always get alarmed by falling hair in a dog, this loss can result from a parasitic or hormonal disease.

Concerning parasitic diseases or mycoses, there are:

  • Scabies . Provoked by a mite, it affects the flanks, ears, upper limbs and is manifested by itching.
  • The ringworm . It is a mushroom that feeds on hair (specifically keratin). Result: you will see depilation especially on the head, thighs or rump. It does not cause itching, but this disease remains contagious to humans and other animals.
  • Flea Bites Dermatitis (DAPP). This is an allergy due to flea bites (as the name suggests) and especially to their saliva. These allergies cause large hair loss due to excessive scratching of the dog.
  • Demodecia . This disease takes its name from the mite "Demodex". Not very stinging, it stains the area of ​​the muzzle and eyes that can cause infections. This disease is usually found on puppies or weak dogs.
There are also hormonal diseases that can cause hair loss, such as:

  • Hypothyroidism . The dog is weak and limp. This disease is manifested by the appearance of dark spots and thickening of the skin.
  • Diabetes mellitus . Insulin deficiency causes the dog to drink more and urinate more often. Very dangerous, this disease requires immediate medical treatment and is often accompanied by obesity in dogs .
  • The syndrome of "Cushing" (says: hypercorticism) . The dog eats and drinks a lot.
  • Hyperoestrogenism. It is an ovarian cyst that affects unsterilized females or a testicular tumor in the male.

Finally, excessive licking of certain parts of the body can also cause hair loss to these parts of the body. This may be due to behavioral problems such as stress or hypersensitivity.

Food and hair loss

Although some foods can cause depilation or red patches , some nutrients are still essential for the coat of your dog.

Protein, vitamin A or polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential for the health and coat of your dog.

Medications and allergies

Poor dosage of veterinary cutter medications can also explain hair loss in your pet. Respect the indications at the risk of causing reactions in your dog.

Like humans, some allergens such as pollen, dust, mold, feathers or herbs are harmful to the dog's health . And precisely, this can result in the appearance of itching and red patches.

To conclude, make a habit of meticulously inspecting the coat of your dog to check his health. Notify your veterinarian of any abnormalities so you have a clear and rapid diagnosis and effective treatment.

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