PetMeds® Hair Loss in Pets

hair-loss-dogs-cats One of the most common complaints of animal guardians is when their pets are losing hair.  Hair loss can have many possible causes in dogs and cats, and differential diagnoses will include the question as to whether the pet is itching/pulling the hair out or whether the hair is falling out on its own. For example, in young dogs that lose patches of hair on their face, ears, trunk or legs, demodectic mange and fungal ringworm should be ruled out as a possibility.

In many cases these puppies are not itchy. Hair loss is also commonly caused by allergies in all aged dogs, whether from food allergies, flea bite allergies and/or inhalant/contact allergies. Some pets can have various combinations of these allergies as well as secondary bacterial or yeast infections that need veterinary attention. In itchy pets, many times clients can try using antihistamines like Chlorpheniramine, Clemastine, or Diphenhydramine (Generic Benadryl).  Shampoo therapy with products like chlorihexiderm shampoo, 1800PetMeds Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Shampoo or Keto chlor shampoo may help as well if there are infections involved.  In those pets that have allergies, adding supplements like Brite Coat XS or Super Pure Omega 3 can also help when mixed in with food. Shed Terminator is a nice product for those nonspecific shedders of hair.

Dietary quality can also play a role in hair loss in pets, and sometimes just changing to an all natural diet like Natures Variety or Halo can help with nonspecific hair loss. Certainly pets that are uncomfortable or have chronic or relapsing hair loss should have a full veterinary workup to sort out possible underlying causes so the best treatment plan can be instituted.

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  3. Hi
    please help. My pomeranian had her first litter 8 week’s ago.. she is scratching and pulling out her hair around her back tail area.. it is very sensitive … what can I do ?

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Pups should be weaned off of mother by this age, so you can give mother antihistamine like benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily, however likely stronger prescription meds and/or antibiotics are needed in mom, so should have vet exam.

  5. Catherine hernandezMarch 17, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Help my cat is 8 months old I used human shampoo and a cheap version of frontline on him not sure if either of these or the food he eats or maybe none of these but he’s pulling out huge chunks of hair he grand his skin with his teeth and yanks it a few inches until a clump comes out could this be an allergy?

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Food allergies are possible in a pet this age, as are other external skin parasites, etc. Environmental allergies or atopy is also possible in a pet this age, as well as nervous hair pulling. Best to see vet for exam and allergy workup. Try antihistamine at dose of chlorphenirimine at dose of 2 mg twice daily until vet exam

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