by P. Gough on June 6th, 2011 at 7:00 am
You may be tired of sweeping up dog fur from your floors or running after the tufts of hair as they float around your home, but what do you do when your pet’s hair loss is beyond the annoyance of “normal”?
There are plenty of causes of hair loss in pets (also known as alopecia); some of which are preventable, while others may be difficult to control or indicate a serious illness.
- Excessive Licking – Can be a symptom of another physical illness (allergies) or a behavior problem (stress or separation anxiety).
- Medication Side Effects – Prescription drugs like prednisone can cause significant thinning of the coat in cats and dogs when used on an ongoing basis.
- Flea Bite Dermatitis – Not only are fleas annoying to your pet but they can also be allergic to the flea bites and that can cause hair loss.
- Allergies (Inhalant and Contact varieties) – Excessive skin irritation can cause hair loss, as can the itching and scratching that result from the allergies .
- Demodectic Mange – When your pet’s immune system is unable to keep demodex canis mites under control and becomes sensitivity to the overpopulation of these mites, resulting in redness, scaliness and sores.
- Sarcoptic Mange – Results from highly contagious infestation of Sarcoptes scabiei canis, also known as the burrowing mite. Hair loss is common, as is crusting of the ears and elbows, intense itching and scratching, and secondary infections.
- Diabetes – Diabetic pets are less resistant to infection and other skin conditions, including hair loss, due to their abnormal immunity.
- Hypothyroidism – This is the most common hormonal disease affecting the skin and coat in dogs. It is noted by the decreased production of thyroid hormone, hair loss, dry coat, skin pigmentation, along with other physical symptoms.
- Cushing’s Disease – Caused by an increase in your pet’s corticosteroid level because of naturally increased production or as a side effect of high doses or prolonged corticosteroid therapy
Please Note: The above causes of hair loss lists only some of the possible reason your pet has excessive fur loss and is not exhaustive.
Quick Tips for Helping Excessive Hair Loss in Pets
- High Quality Foods
- Enough Essential Oils
- Bathing Frequency
- Natural Shampoos, and Skin & Coat Products
- Strengthen the Immune System
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