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Hair Loss in Dogs

Hair loss can be caused by anything from allergies to an infestation of external parasites, and even excessive self-grooming. Thanks to this wide variety of possible causes, it's always best to seek advice from your vet if your dog does start losing hair unexpectedly.

A proper diagnosis isn't just important for your dog. Some parasites, allergies and infections are transferable to people, so it's even more vital you receive professional advice as soon as you notice the problem.

  • External parasites, such as fleas, lice and ticks, can cause bald patches to appear, particularly where your dog has been scratching. These are some of the most likely causes of hair loss, so carefully check for any signs of an infestation and, if in doubt, contact your vet.
  • Grooming issues range from the ineffective grooming of obese Dogs, to the excessive preening and licking often seen in nervous animals. In some cases, this self-grooming can reach extremes. Extreme self-grooming in Dogs results in skin problems such as acral lick granuloma - a raised, bald sore found typically on the wrist or hock of the limbs. The problem of extreme self-grooming appears to be rooted in anxiety, with treatment aimed towards reduction of stress. If you do notice that your pet seems to be taking grooming to an extreme, see your vet for advice and treatment.

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