Hair loss in pets can be really nasty. You’ll have hair all over your house and your pet won’t look as dolled up as before. But hair loss could be a sign of much graver illnesses.
There are many reasons that attribute to hair loss in pets. Allergy is one of them. The bite of a flea can cause allergic dermatitis in pets. This reaction can lead to itching, and eventually hair loss. Allergy to food has the same effect. Dogs are usually chicken, dairy, soy, corn and other ingredients. Allergy to any material can cause discomfort in your pets. Treat the problem at the onset. Do not let it escalate into something more severe.
Fungus and other bacterial or viral infections can cause your pet to shed its hair excessively. It can be acquired from getting in contact with infected animals. Ringworm is caused by a fungus that attacks the hair shafts, making it loose and easily breakable. Mange, on the other hand, is caused by a parasite that dwells in the sebaceous glands of the skin. Both conditions can be treated with topical treatments like creams or antibiotics.
The most severe cases of hair loss in pets would involve diseases. In dogs, hypothyroidism (decreased activity of thyroid hormone) is the most common hair loss causing disease in dogs. The dog will grow bloated with its hair dry and easily breakable. Excess in cortisone, a condition called Cushing syndrome, can cause hair loss on the trunk of the dog. In spayed females, estrogen deficiency will make hair thin, with the skin smooth and soft. In such cases, it is best to see a veterinarian to properly diagnose the problem. There could be underlying problems related to these occurrences which only a veterinarian can verify.
These conditions can also appear on cats, but there are conditions unique to cats. Indolent ulcer is characterized by red patches of hairless skin. It’s is relatively harmless. Stud tail refers to the greasy, smelly waxy material at the top of the tail. The area infected is without hair. Feline endocrine alopecia is the thinning of hair on the inside portion of the rear legs, lower abdomen and genitals. It occurs in neutered males and spayed females.
It is very helpful to keep your pet’s hygiene in check. Do not let them mingle with dogs that aren’t healthy or don’t seem to have been given proper care by its owner. Bath your dog regularly and check their coat for infestations or infections. Apply proper shampoo that can get rid of the dirt and germs. Never apply something strong unless prescribed by the veterinarian. Take your dog to visit the veterinarian. Let the doctor have a personal look at the dog so that it can analyze its statistics in case of any premature disorders.
Hair loss in pets might seem like an ordinary occurrence, but really they aren’t. It’s a sign of a health issue that needs to be attended to. Who likes seeing their hair fall like that? Your furry friend is going to be really miserable if it isn’t helped. Keep your pet happy and he will make you twice as happy in return.