Dog Hair Loss: Symptoms And Causes
Article by Andy Machin
Hair loss affects us all human and canine. Hair loss in dogs has various possible symptoms and causes and indeed can be a sign to the dog owner that a deeper more underlying condition can be affecting the dog possibly even needing consultation with a vet. The following paragraphs outline some of the more common symptoms and causes of hair loss in dogs.
Just like you, your dog can suffer allergic reactions to all sorts of things. And in a dog, allergies can cause hair loss. For example an allergic reaction to a flea bite is quite common in dogs. Its not a reaction to the flea itself but instead the saliva in the fleas bite. An allergy to certain food can be manifested in hair loss. Food allergies are often indicated by itching, hair loss and feet licking.
Your dog can also inherit genetic conditions from his parents which can contribute to our cause him to lose hair. Examples being Black Hair Follicular and Color Dilution/Mutant Alopecia which can affect dogs with dark coats and fawn coloured coats particularly in younger dogs and puppies.
Parasites are a known cause of hair loss in dogs. An infestation of fleas or mites will not do your dog any good. And you will not like it either. Fleas are partial to thrive in moist, warm environments so do beware as if your dog is allergic to fleas it can lead to additional problems. Flea prevention treatments are available from all good pet stores or your vet. Mites can be tougher to deal with as they can burrow in to the skin with one potential result being hair loss in your dog. If you suspect mites it is suggested you see your vet for confirmation and advice.
The above are just some examples of the symptoms and causes of dog hair loss but there are others. Some are simple to deal with and some are not. If you notice your dog losing hair or in any way distressed health wise take him to your veterinarian for diagnosis.