Causes of Hair Loss in Dogs
Because we love our furry friends, we want to talk about their causes of hair loss.
Hair loss (alopecia) is a common disorder in dogs which causes the animal to have partial or complete hair loss. It can affect a dog’s skin, its endocrine system, its lymphatic system, and its immune systems. Alopecia can affect dogs of all ages, breed and gender, and is either gradual or acute.
Alopecia, on your dog, is as noticeable as it is on humans, if not more so. It may appear as round bald spots, crusting and/or swelling of the area. Some dogs suffering from alopecia have scaling of the skin or persistent itching.
One of the most common causes of hair loss in a dog is mange, which caused by the mite Demodex. Hair loss can also occur when there is a disruption in the growth of hair follicles, often from infection, trauma, an immune disease, or system abnormalities. Hair loss can also be associated with inflammation of the hair follicle. A more widespread area of hair loss may be able to indicate a more specific disease pattern.
Ringworm and bacterial infections are also generally associated with hair loss. Another common cause includes scleroderma, a skin condition that develops from scar tissue or as a result of a recent vaccination.
If you suspect your pet is losing an excessive amount of hair its important to take them to the vet right away.