- Alopecia is the partial or complete lack of hairs in areas where hair is normally present.
- There are many different causes of alopecia including hives, allergies, post-clipping, genetics, infection, to hypothyroidism.
- Unfortunately, there is no cure for alopecia. Vets must treat the underlying cause first in order to potentially prevent future hair loss.
One of dogs most notable traits is their fur. Some have long fluffy hair, while others have short wiry fur. They also come in all different colors and beautiful shades, especially depending on the breed or mix of breeds. While they are all different, for the most part dogs are covered in it — head to toe!
Any pet owner knows that dogs love to be pet, stroked, and scratched. It’s also common knowledge that dogs will lose some fur, either due to normal shedding or seasonal hair loss. But what happens when a dog experiences unexpected hair loss? It can be quite alarming for owners. Here’s a look into the common symptoms, causes, and treatment options for dogs with alopecia…
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia (also known as hair loss) in dogs is the same as it is in humans, it’s the partial or complete lack of hairs in areas where hair normal is present. Unfortunately, PetMD notes it a common condition in dogs. Don’t confuse this hair loss with normal shedding or seasonal hair loss — both of which are normal parts of certain dog breeds hair growth cycle.
When alopecia occurs, it will look much different and is often more noticeable. It’s the thinning of hair or spots of hair loss (bald spots), says PetMD. The reasoning behind this hair loss can vary. There are many different causes behind alopecia or hair loss in dogs, which we will explore next.