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Does Your Pet Suffer From Alopecia? Real Vet Advice For Hair Loss in Cats and Dogs

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Are You Worried About Alopecia In Pets? Get Real Vet Advice

Alopecia, or hair loss in pets, is a common disorder in both dogs and cats, which causes partial or complete hair loss. Alopecia in pets can be the result of problems with the endocrine system, lymphatic system, immune system, or parasites. Alopecia can affect dogs and cats of all ages, breeds, and gender; and can be either gradual or acute.

Once the diagnosis has been made, specific treatments will be recommended.

The symptoms of alopecia are very noticeable and can present themselves in many ways, such as bald circles, accompanied by crusting and inflammation around the area, symmetrical alopecia, patchy alopecia, or hair loss that itches and hair loss that does not itch.

Common causes of alopecia include parasites such as Demodex and other topical parasites including sarcoptic mites or fleas causing hair loss from excessive itching. Hair loss occurs when there is a disruption in the growth of hair follicles; most commonly from infection, trauma, secondary to immune disease, nutritional abnormalities, or endocrine system abnormalities, like hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease. If there are multiple missing patches of hair, it could be associated with an inflammation of the hair follicle (folliculitis).

Skin disease and alopecia can be very frustrating to deal with. Getting to the root of the problem with hair loss will help effectively treat the problem. Your veterinarian will want to do a complete physical exam, run blood tests ruling out immune-mediated, metabolic, or underlying endocrine causes of alopecia, as well as skin scrape tests and fungal testing to rule out parasites or fungus causes of alopecia. In some cases, a biopsy must be performed to get to the underlying cause of the problem.

Once the diagnosis has been made, specific treatments will be recommended. In addition to treating the underlying cause of hair loss with traditional medications, alternative therapies are highly recommended. Diet is very powerful for skin disease— a clean or home-cooked diet is recommended, and at times a hypoallergenic diet is desirable.

Melatonin has been shown to help tremendously with seasonal alopecia of boxers, 3-6 mg three times per day. However, use caution- melatonin can inhibit fertility and have adverse effects in diabetic animals.

High levels of omega-three fatty acids are recommended in the form of fish oil (NHV PetOmega-3 is a great source for this). Supplements for the immune system, such as burdock root, Oregon grape root, and licorice and bee pollen are helpful. NHV’s Alopecia Kit is a good natural supplement for hair loss in pets, as NHV Stimmune is a very powerful supplement for skin and for allergies and NHV Ouch Away spray is very effective for infections and helps with hair re-growth. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and bioflavonoids are strongly recommended. Digestive enzymes and probiotics have also been shown to help with skin disease and hair loss.

If your pet is suffering from Alopecia (hair loss), please feel free to contact our NHV Pet Experts by clicking on the button below.

Dr. Hillary Cook DVM

Dr. Hillary Cook DVM

Dr. Hillary Cook is a graduate of Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical school. She has been practicing holistic and integrative veterinary medicine for over 20 years. She certified in Veterinary acupuncture and is fully qualified in Western and Chinese herbalism. She is the owner of Animal Wellness Center, an integrative veterinary clinic in Crozet, VA. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, and chickens. When time allows, you can find her in the garden or on the tennis court!

Published: April 1, 2016

6 replies

  1. Terri McNulty says:

    I have a Chihuahua mix and he is balding in front of his ears and on his neck. There is no irritation and he is not scratching at all.

    1. Hi Terri!

      Thanks for your comment, we are happy to hear that your sweet pup is not experiencing any pain. As mentioned in the blog; High levels of Omega 3 fatty acids can be beneficial and our PetOmega 3 is a great source.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions and don’t hesitate to reach out.

      Yours in wellness,

      Team NHV Natural Pet Products

  2. Lorraine says:

    My basset hound has two patches on his back. When I
    Scratched him there the hair came out and it has little black stuff on the roots. What is this and how do I cute it?

    1. NHV Natural Pet Products says:

      Hi Lorraine,

      It’s hard to know for sure what may be causing this hairloss and scabbing on your pup. It could be something as simple as a scab from a minor wound, or it could be related to a fungal or bacterial infection. We would recommend a check with your veterinarian to diagnose exactly what is going on. Some general supplements which are helpful for the skin are Ouch Away Spray, which helps to heal and soothe the skin and promote hair re-growth. PetOmega 3 can help to keep the skin and coat healthy as well.

      Yours in wellness,
      Team NHV Natural Pet Products

  3. Claudia Hunter says:

    My dog has lost the hair on his stomach and starting to go up his sides also behind his ears. It doesnt seem to bother him and he is not scratching. Can you help?

    1. Raphael M says:

      Hi Claudia,

      We’re so sorry to hear about your furkiddo, but happy he’s not scratching and bothered by it.
      It’s difficult to know for sure what may be causing this hair loss on your pup. It could be just a simple scab from a wound, or it could be related to a fungal or bacterial infection. We suggest checking in with your veterinarian to get a better diagnose. As for supplements, we have a couple that may be helpful for the skin: Ouch Away Spray, which helps to heal and soothe the skin and promote hair re-growth. PetOmega 3 can help to keep the skin and coat healthy as well.

      Please feel free to contact us in case you have any other questions!

      Yours in wellness,
      Team NHV Natural Pet Products

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