Treatment Type: Diagnostic Procedures
Rated for: American Akita
Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
Posted Jan. 28, 2019
Firstly, what is alopecia? Simply put, it is the partial or complete loss of hair. Secondly, what causes it in dogs? The cause of hair loss in dogs is many ranging from nervous disorders to infected insect bites to serious underlying disease or endocrine disorders. Some breeds are even genetically predisposed to hair loss. Chihuahuas, Whippets, and Greyhounds often have hereditary hair loss which is usually harmless to them. Thirdly, what hair loss remedies are available?
There are a host of remedies but, first and foremost, take your dog to the vet for a thorough exam at the first sign of alopecia. After all, the remedies are useless if the cause is unknown. If the physical examination doesn’t point to an obvious cause, like fleas, then the vet will take skin and blood samples in search of the cause. By testing and a process of elimination, your vet will be able to track down the cause of the dog’s distress. It is only with a proper diagnosis that an effective treatment plan can be started.