Why Is My Dog Losing Hair?

Why Is My Dog Losing Hair?



Dogs lose hair for many reasons. Some of these reasons are temporary, like shedding due to seasonal changes or hormonal changes in the body. Other times, there may be a medical reason which necessitates an appointment with your vet.


Some common causes of hair loss in dogs include poor nutrition, parasites, allergies, skin conditions, neurological problems, or even age-related changes. Dogs can also suffer from alopecia (a type of hair loss) which is more severe than just regular hair shedding and can be an illness in itself.


The following article will explore some of the most common reasons why your dog might be losing hair and what you can do to help them get back on track!


Section 1: Why is my dog losing hair? Section 2: What causes dog hair loss? Section 3: How do I know if my dog needs medical attention? Section 4: Is there anything I can do to help my dog stop losing hair? Section 5: Conclusion

Why is my dog losing hair?


Short answer – there are a couple of different reasons.


1. Poor diet If your dog is eating a diet high in carbohydrates, he is likely to suffer from hair loss. Fibre is essential for hair growth, and dogs often are given too much of this nutrient. Feeding a high protein diet does not produce hair shedding.


2. Low protein diet A low protein diet can cause or worsen hair loss in dogs. Low protein diets are the body’s way of letting you know that there is a lack of nutrients, so it tries to make up for the lack by destroying your hair.


3. Parasites Parasites can cause hair loss in dogs as a result of their appetite for your dog’s hair. Cats, for example, can have hair loss when a parasite such as feline scabies has taken over their skin.


What causes dog hair loss?


There are many different causes of hair loss in dogs. Here are just some of the most common reasons your dog may lose their hair.


Loss of hair around the face This is caused by a systemic disease. This can be due to the gradual loss of hair around the dog's mouth, lips, gums, and chin.


This may be due to a build-up of hair around the mouth, as this may also be covered in dandruff.


However, this disease can also result in hair loss in the dog's entire body. Possible causes include:


Cushing's disease: The most common cause of hair loss in dogs is the accumulation of body fat in the dog's abdomen, which then builds up on the skin and makes the dog susceptible to allergic reactions.


Alopecia: Alopecia is a common condition in dogs, but there are several different forms.


How do I know if my dog needs medical attention?


When a dog loses a lot of hair, it’s a good sign that it’s probably not doing well in one way or another. Unfortunately, it’s also a bad sign if your dog suddenly starts shedding more than usual because it’s in pain.


If your dog is losing lots of hair or its coat is thinning, then you might want to make an appointment with your veterinarian.


Many issues are related to diet, nutrition, exercise, and other external factors that need to be addressed before any underlying medical condition can be determined.


If your dog is gaining weight, has kidney or liver problems, or has a compromised immune system, then you should take your pet to the vet right away.


Is there anything I can do to help my dog stop losing hair?


Regular grooming Maintaining a healthy, well-groomed dog should be a major priority in the dog owner’s daily routine. If your dog’s grooming is sporadic and ad-hoc, it may be a sign of a lack of attention to detail.


Of course, the grooming itself is not a significant cause of shedding but should be thought of as an important way to minimize the overall shedding rate. Keeping your dog’s hair cut regularly should help them shed less often.


Not all dogs can keep up with a regular groom, but if your dog has an active lifestyle, it’s important that you choose an environment that keeps your dog’s hair long, healthy and fluffy, regardless of how they groom themselves.


Conclusion


A healthy dog's body is able to regenerate hair and even regrow it once the loss has started. However, you should be able to observe the regrowth of your dog's hair once the regrowth of the hair has occurred.


Please keep in mind that hair loss and regrowth in dogs can be subjective so it's important that you don't take anything to be definite just yet.


Remember that all dogs are unique and all dogs react differently to changes in their environments.