If you found your dog’s hairs start falling, it is very important to recognize reason behind hair falling before consulting Vet. Hair loss in dogs can be due to various reasons.
Dog’s hair loss damaged dogs beauty and can create more problems for a dog if you don’t identify the main reason of hair loss of your dog. Identification of hair falling is also important for cure because every reason is different and it’s cure is also different.
1) Skin Allergies
Allergy is one of the most common cause of hair loss in dogs. Due to environmental triggers such as pollen, molds and dust mites, or due to parasitic triggers like fleas or mites dogs hair start falling. Food allergies are another possible cause of hair loss.
Typical symptoms of an adverse allergic reaction include itchiness resulting in excess scratching, biting and of course, hair loss. In the case of flea allergies it is recommended that dogs take flea preventatives as a way to minimize threats of a full blown flea infections.
2) Skin Infection
hair loss around the ears, eyes, abdomen, and chest, signs your dog may have mites or fleas/ticks include inflammation, itching and redness. An infestation with parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites (scabies, mange) is another source canine alopecia.
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Bacterial or fungal infections, such as in the case of ringworm can also be attributed to hair loss in dogs. Symptoms of ringworm include circular or irregular hair loss, inflammation, and infected crusts.
3) Cushing’s Disease
Cushing’s disease also known as Hyperadrenocorticism is a condition caused by the prolonged exposure of the body’s tissue to excessive levels of the hormone cortisol.
Symptoms of Cushing’s disease darkening of the skin, hair loss and the development of a pot-bellied abdomen. Cushing’s disease commonly occurs in middle aged to senior dogs. It can also affect dogs that overuse corticosteroid drugs.
4) Pressure Sores
Pressure sores, also called decubital, bedsores or ulcers, are localized injuries where the dog elbows or other bony pressure points hips, hocks, etc come into contact with hard surfaces regularly.
This constant pressure and friction causes the skin to callus lose hair and sometimes crack and bleed. Pressure sores are more common older dogs especially large or heavy breeds.
Some breeds of dog that are more genetically prone to baldness than others. First there are the hairless dogs that have been bred for the attribute such as the Chinese Crested, Mexican Hairless (Xolo), and American Hairless Terrier.
Other dog bree, such as the Doberman Pinscher, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Italian Greyhound and Whippet, sometimes suffer from patchy or pattern baldness on the outer ear, chest, back, thigh, or lower neck.