Some Reasons Behind Dog Hair Loss
There are a whole host of reasons why your dog can start losing patches of his hair. Some of these things you can do absolutely nothing about, but others you can. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why dogs can suffer from hair loss.
As your dog gets older, you may notice that he has more areas of thinning hair. Some dogs just develop this as they get into their old age. It happens with plenty of people, so it’s no surprise that the same issue can effect animals too. His body is just getting a little less efficient at doing things as he gets older.
Dog mange comes in two different main forms – demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Both of these can cause hair loss that starts out as being very localized but can spread to being more widespread. Dermodex mange effects dogs from a young age and they pick up the parasitic mite that causes it from their mothers. It’s normal for puppies to get dermodex mites, but when their population spirals out of control it causes skin problems and hair loss in the dog. Treat this mange with herbal shampoo and spray. Sarcoptic mange is usually only found in dogs that are in very bad health. This is a contagious disease that will have your dog scratching so hard that he injures himself. It’s unlikely that he has sarcoptic mange unless he is in bad health and has caught it from another animal. See your vet to treat this mange.
Allergies in dogs can cause localized hair loss. Just as people can be allergic to all sorts of environmental factors, so too can dogs. This may be a specific toxic chemical or a more mundane food ingredient, but the effect can be itchy inflamed skin and hair loss. Try to track down the source of the allergy. What new things has your dog been exposed to lately?
Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that can cause localized hair loss and itching. Your dog most probably caught this fungal infection from another animal. Treat the irritated area with a herbal solution and disinfect his toys, bowls and bedding. The ringworm should disappear in no time at all.
As you can see, hair loss in dogs can be caused by a number of factors, and this list is by no means exhaustive. With some careful action, you can often get to the bottom of your dog’s hair loss quite quickly and take steps to reverse it. If in doubt, see you veterinarian.
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