Top 10 Reasons for Hair Loss in Dogs

As much as we love your cherished canine companions we hate to see them suffer from diseases or irregular condition leaving them troubled. One of the most common problems we find about your dogs is their hair loss. It is  frustrating and untidy when your dogs sheds hair all over the house but apart from it being seasonal and natural in normal cases, dogs are much more in trouble and uneasiness than you are when this is caused unnaturally. Here is the list of  top 10 reasons that cause hair fall in your beloved pet.

10. Allergies

One of the common causes for hair loss in canine is allergies. Dogs can have allergic reactions due to some foods, parasites like fleas and mites or environmental triggers such as pollent or dirt. Just like some people are allergic to dogs or cats, your canine companion could be allergic to them as well. People give out allergens like cats do, some more than others which fortunately can be cured with allergy shots. Some particular dog breeds are more prone to allergies so it would be best to consult a vet for your suitable growth of your best friend.

9. Seborrhea Dermatitis

One of the most common condition in both human and canine which is similar to heavy dandruffs. You can be mostly sure of this condition in your dog when you cannnot get rid of its smell. The problem with dogs and skin infections is that they do not know when to stop scratching which makes it worse in matter of days. It originates around large oil glands around face, scalp and ears. It is mostly either genetic or a sign of malnutrition. As it is common, it is equally curable as well with use of special shampoos or vitamin supplement. A local pet store can fill you in on these measures.

8. Fungal Infection

Another common cause for hair loss in dogs is fungal infection. Dogs with ringworms tend to have bad circular patches around eyes, mouth or elsewhere marked by red lesions. If the problem is severe use of antifungal shampoos and powder can be a good solution in consultance with your vet.

7. Cushing’s syndrome

Exposure to excessive hormonal cortisol and steroid is the cause for this disease. Apart from hair loss and baldness its symptoms include rapid weight gain, frequent drinking and urinating, eye bruising and dryness. Cushing’s syndrome results in a tumor of the pituitary gland which is a common problem among dogs. You can consult your vet and use medication or perhaps surgery for its cure.

6. Hypothyroidism

It is a genetic condition related with thyroid gland not being able to produce enough thyroid hormone. It is the most common reason for hair loss in dogs without itching. It can be cause for skin related problems as well. Fortunately enough T-4 form of l-thyroxine form of inexpensive tablets are easily available but the dose is custom tailored by your vet suiting the individual need of the canine.

5. Color Mutant-Alopecia

Genetics and heredity is another prominet reason for hair loss over dogs. Some diseases like Color Mutant-Alopecia are inherited from their parents resulting in hair loss all over the body with postules appearing in the bald areas. This is common in some breeds such as doberman pinscher, chihuahua, great dane and many other northern breeds. It is also commonly known as Blue Doberman Syndrome. It can be diagnosed with series of careful investigation by your vet which latter is a simple process involving anesthetics.

4. Demodicosis (Demodectic Mange)

As also called Red Mange is caused by sensitivity to Demodix Canis or sensitivity to it. In simple words it is caused by tiny mite and is regarded normal till abnormal immune system allows their number to get out of control. It occurs primarily in puppies and adult dogs with lower immunity resulting in hair loss around eye lids, lips and corner of mouths occasionally on legs and trunk with a moth-eaten look. Dogs under one year with this condition are likely to show spontaneous improvement with or without medical help while older dogs make slow progress even with it. However, owners are required to spend enough time and expense to help their loved ones get over it.

3. Emotional State

Yes! dogs are very emotional as well. Anxiety, boredom or stress can cause your dog to scratch and lick itself unneccessarily to the point of self-mutilation. The only way to prevent and cure such is to make certain you give your faithful companion enough time and company to help them snap out of it and regain their lively self once more. Pregnancy or medications can also be resposible for your canines to feel down. Consult your vet regarding these.

2. Zinc Responsive Dermatosis

It is a common ailment among sled dogs fed on complete food rather than raw diet. It is not a complete lack in zinc but inability ti process zinc in regular form leading to hair loss and bald patches. It can be easily eliminated with controlled zinc supplements but on the long run, fresh fish and fish oil supplements in your dog’s diet is beneficial.

1. Black Hair Follicle Dysplyasia

It is the rarest of all conditions causing hair loss on dogs. Multi-coated dogs in particular are found to be susceptible to this rare disorder. It is a hereditary disorder carried through recessive genes. This condition causes black and dark haired portions to fall out when the dog is still young leaving bald skin or covered with lesions. Terriers, Bassett Hounds, Curly-Coated Retriever, English Bulldogs, Irish Water Spaniel, Malamutes, Papillons, Portuguese Water Dogs, Schipperkes, Siberian Huskies, and Staffordshire Terriers are the most often affected breeds. DNA tests can identify the dogs with such genes to prevent from spreading into new generation. This condition is permanent as no cure has ever been found. Shampoos or fatty acid supplements are helpful to treat dry skin and antibiotics treatment for skin infections.

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