Posted by ron1945 | Posted in Dog Hair Loss Problems | Posted on 15-08-2010
Your Dog’s Hair Is A Barometer of Its General State of Health.
Nearly all dogs lose hair . . . one of the facts of life when caring for a dog. Hair loss in dogs is a regularly occurring circumstance. Old hair is shed and new hair grows in to replace the lost hair. This is a normal process for your dog, and you shouldn’t be overly concerned about it.
When there are tufts of hair, or your dog has patchy spots of lost hair, is when you really need to show particular concern for the problem. The normal shedding of hair is to be expected. Excessive loss or irregular patterns of loss may give rise to other health issues your dog may be experiencing. The coat, or fur, on a dog is a barometer of its health.
Grooming and hygiene are two of the most important items when dealing with normal dog hair loss or shedding. Here a few tips to help you in this area:
- Bathe your dog using shampoos approved for dogs. Too frequent bathing can be a problem itself, but regular baths are good for them.
- Try to brush your dog’s fur daily. Brush in the direction the hair lays naturally. This will remove old hair, and gives your dog some comfort. Brushing against the hair isn’t an enjoyable experience for your dog, and they may not be anxious to have this grooming done, so brush in the direction the hair lays.
- Your dogs food should be a balanced formula for them. Your veterinarian can suggest appropriate diets for your particular dog. Don’t feed them table scraps. They may like the taste of the food, but human food is not nutritionally balanced for them, and could cause more problems than help–over weight being one of them.
These tips or suggestions will help with the common and regular loss of your dog’s hair. There are conditions which cause hair loss that need attention and treatment. If your dog is losing a lot of hair, scratching or lick specific areas excessively, or the hair loss is patchy, you would be well served to visit your veterinarian for further diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Here are a few of the more common problems dogs may have which can cause hair loss. This list is not all inclusive, as there are dozens of issues which can affect a dog that can cause hair loss. First, consider some of these questions before you rush off to your vet for help. The answer to these questions can aide in the diagnosis and treatment of your dog:
- What’s my dog’s age?
- What breed is my dog?
- How long has my dog had this particular problem?
- Has my dog been treated for this problem before? If so, what was the treatment and was it effective?
- Where is the problem area located on my dog? Face? Limbs–which ones? Body?
- Is the hair loss area a single patch or multiple patches, or a large general area?
- Does the hair loss appear to come from the ailment, or from the dog scratching or licking the affect area?
- Is the affected area inflamed or raw, or is it dry and crusty?
- Is there a particular shape to the affected areas?
- What does the dog’s diet consist of?
- Does your dog indicate the web of its paws itch?
- Does your dog scoot?
- When did you last bathe your dog , and what was used to bathe the dog with?
- Have there been any significant changes in the dog recently?
- Is your dog nervous or emotional?
- Is there fleas or flea dirt present?
- What other pets do you have?
- Are you itching too?
For more information on specific causes of dog hair loss go to our article “Dog Hair Loss Overview.”
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