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5 causes of dog hair loss

Is your dog shedding hair? It could be normal physiological hair loss, nothing to worry about. However, when the dog has abnormal hair loss such as excessive shedding, falling out in patches or both shedding and itching… then it is most likely to have a health problem.

At that time, what you should do is find the cause of hair loss and choose the most appropriate treatment. Here are the most common causes of pathological hair loss for your reference.

1. Hair loss due to allergies

Allergies are a common cause of hair loss in dogs. Allergies can be caused by the environment, such as the dog’s exposure to pollen, mold, and dust mites while playing. Or caused by parasites such as fleas and ticks. In addition, allergies can also be caused by food.

Typical symptoms when a dog has an allergy is often itching that leads to scratching more than usual, biting around and of course, the dog’s hair loss. In the case of a flea allergy, it is recommended that you take preventive measures in the first place to minimize the threat. Avoid the spread of fleas throughout the body, which adversely affects the health of the dog.

2. Hair loss due to infection, parasitic infection

Ticks, fleas … are all the main causes of your dog’s hair loss. Along with hair loss around the ears, eyes, belly, chest. Dogs can also have inflammation, itching, red swollen skin … when there are signs of tick or flea infection. In addition to signs of hair loss in a circle or free hair loss. They also have inflammation of the skin and infected layers of the skin, even forming hard scabs.

3. Hair loss due to cushing’s disease

Cushing’s disease is a disease caused by the body producing too much of the hormone cortisol than normal. This disease often causes symptoms that cause dogs to lose hair, tan skin, bloated belly, muscle atrophy, and muscle weakness. Dogs always crave food, always drink clean water in the bowl… The disease usually occurs in the “middle-aged” age and on old dogs. In addition, the disease can also occur in dogs that abuse too much corticosteroid medication.

4. Dogs have genetic hair loss

For some breeds, shedding occurs more frequently and more than others because of the crossbreeding process. Because people want to create a breed of dog with a certain priority characteristic (for example: good sled, fast, or smart …) that people have inadvertently created undesirable characteristics, which include excessive shedding, or even “baldness,” patchy, patterned hair loss on the ears, chest, back, thighs, or under the neck.

For example, some breeds have a lot of genetic shedding such as: Chinese Crested, Mexican hairless (Xolo), American Terrier hairless or Doberman Pinscher, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Italian Greyhound and Whippet.

5. Hair loss in areas subject to frequent frictional pressure

Often areas under pressure such as elbows, hips, etc. are areas that are frequently exposed to hard surfaces. These areas often have scarring, hair loss and even cracked skin, bleeding. This is often seen on older dogs as well as large breeds.

Thus, knowing the common causes above will help you no longer be embarrassed when you see your dog losing too much hair. You will even be able to come up with appropriate plans to avoid the above causes to help your dog have a better health.

Charlie Rosales
Charlie Rosales
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