If your dog is losing hair in a large amount and in an abnormal way, you should quickly worry, because it is likely that this symptom is hiding diseases or infections.
Severe alopecia requires the intervention of a veterinarian for in-depth examinations and appropriate treatment.
Knowing how to recognize normal hair loss from abnormal alopecia
Before you worry about your dog’s hair loss, first make sure that it is not a natural and normal occurrence. Know that in the female, the hair follicles have a regulated life cycle.
During spring and autumn for example, it is possible that doggie is affected by a seasonal moult which will allow the hairs to be renewed and to adapt to the season.
Hormones also play a major role in hair loss. During the mating season, the fur sometimes changes, hence the phenomenon of alopecia. Another thing: some breeds are more predisposed to hair loss, especially those with a well-supplied undercoat. This is the case of the Labrador, the Akita Inu as well as the Husky.
On the other hand, there are certain situations where the loss becomes abnormal and requires rapid management.
This is the case when the falling hairs are too abundant while being dry and dull with dandruff. If the fall is in patches, the animal is scratching constantly, and the skin is irritated, you should also be concerned.
What are the main causes of hair loss?
One of the main causes of canine alopecia concerns diet. The animal may suffer from skin conditions due to food intolerance or lack of protein.
Deficiencies are also one of the major reasons for this pathology. The synthesis of keratin requires a sufficient supply of amino acids, otherwise hair disorders are inevitable.
Another reason often cited by veterinarians is stress and anxiety. It happens very often that in case of chronic stress, the animal loses its hair follicles in large patches.
This phenomenon can be accompanied by other symptoms which attest to a significant stress such as compulsive licking and scratching.
In addition, it is likely that the animal is infested by parasites such as ticks, fleas or ringworm. A possible parasitic disease such as leishmaniasis, causing significant skin lesions, should not be ruled out either.
Genetic diseases are also considered likely factors. Among them, we can quote the congenital pathology called diluted alopecia of the dresses. The animal can also be affected by endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism in dogs.
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How to fight against hair loss?
To avoid weakening your pet’s fur, consider providing them with the best quality foods that are rich in minerals and nutrients.
Go for premium kibbles which contain a lot of fish-based proteins, otherwise do not hesitate to provide natural food supplements such as brewer’s yeast or salmon oil.
If despite your best efforts, nothing helps, then go to your veterinarian for examinations and analyzes.
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