Hair Loss is one of the common problems for dogs. Sometimes hair loss is natural but sometimes it indicates that your dog is suffering from some serious disease. If your dog is suffering from hair loss, you should take an immediate action.
Hair loss shows symptoms of many serious diseases as well as infections. Generally, symmetrical hair loss shows some hormonal changes in dog while hair loss in patches shows that your dog is suffering from a disease, infection or allergy. Following are few reasons of hair loss in dogs along with their treatments:
Hotspots – Hot spots are itchy skin areas on dog’s body, which become oozing, raw and red in just hours. They start occurring on dog’s skin because of insect bite or any minor skin scratch that dog scratches or licks. If you can prevent your dog from scratching and licking, these hotspots can be recovered just in a day. The anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics are required to cure them.
Ringworm – Ringworm is the fungal infection and it does not cause itching. In this disease, fungus attacks hair shafts which lead to hair breakage and it is contagious disease. If your dog is suffering from this disease, you need to treat him with griseofulvin, itraconazole, fluconazole and topical iodine preparations.
Mange – Demodectic mange is caused by a parasites growing in skin oil glands and the hair which can result into bacterial infection causing hair loss. In sarcoptic mange, parasites starts burrowing through layers of dog’s skin, which causes extreme itching. The treatment for mange is done orally or by an ivermectin injection.
Food Allergies – Like human beings, many dogs suffer from food allergies. Many times dogs starts losing his hairs because of food allergies. As food allergies are difficult to cut off, you must adopt other options for reducing hair loss.
Hair loss can be caused by many factors; but with certain precautions, you can save your dog from losing his hairs.