If you have a pet dog, you should have known by now that dog hair loss is quite common for most breeds. A pekingese who is staying indoors, fo sure you must clean and vacuum on a regualr basis because of his sheds. It is quite normal for the dogs to shed depending on the season, however, if you are already seeing your pet’s bare skin in some parts of his body where he lost his hair, then there is wrong already.
Though no need to panic, just simply go to your vet and consult the problem. However, it is ideal that you should check your dog’s health yourself first before bringing him in for a check up.
Go grab your gloves and carefully go over the bald spots. Pet your dog and rub him gently while going over his bald spot and coat.
There are various reasons on why your pekingese is having a hair loss. Observe the hair loss, if its generalized or confined in a local area. General hair loss would mean that he has a systematic issue, like hypothyroidism. An illness such as this would involve hair loss. If you can see a pattern of this one, take your pekingese to your vet immediately.
Parasite infestation and infection also involved bold, patchy hair loss. This also requires you to consult your vet. A single, isolate bald spot would be a result from injury or trauma. Observe it first and if it is suspicious, then bring your dog to the vet.
The most common cause of hair loss in dogs is injury. Either by itself or your dog licking on that area which caused the hair loss. If that is the case, you must treat it with proper medicine and prevent your dog from licking on it. You can cover it with bandage or go get an Elizabethan collar so that he wouldn’t lick it.
Dog Hair Loss
Dog shedding is a real problem for many dog owners. To prevent a dog moulting, your dog’s hair requires a constant supply of nutrients to remain anchored in the skin. Nutrients that support healthy hair are the same as those that support healthy skin and prevent a dog’s health problems: vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
There are couple of reasons for dog shedding. It occurs in nearly all dogs and is a natural process of eliminating (shedding) dead hair. Dogs moult when hair doesn’t receive a balanced supply of nutrients, becomes dull, loosens and falls out, so it’s important to feed your dog a high quality diet to reduce moulting.
Source: Lintbells, http://www.lintbells.com/articles/how-to-reduce-dog-moulting
How to Eliminate Dog Hair Loss
- Asses your dog’s skin. This is the first and most essential step. Conduct a thorough assessment on your dog.
- Seasonal change. Know that the most common natural cause of dog shedding is climate change. Dogs normally shed in summer in order to have a thinner fur. Give him a regular brushing treatment to solve the problem, if this is the cause.
- Food Allergy. If climate change is not the culprit, then inspect your pekingese’s food intake. Food allergies and other nutritional problems can greatly affect your dog and may sometimes result in hair loss. If you think, this is the problem then go on a trip to the vet and ask for an alternative dog food. If you think your dog doesn’t have a balanced meal, then change his diet. Maybe it could help stop his hair loss. When changing his diet, results could be seen in the next 7-10 days.
- Other related illnesses. If you can see open ulcers and excessively dry skin on your dog’s skin, bring him immediately to the vet. Let your vet conduct lab tests on your dog to see if there is another underlying and more major issue causing his hair loss.
Finding the root cause of your dog hair loss is quite a tedious task and you must be vigilant to get to the bottom of it. Other owners tend to deny their pet’s excessive shedding for the fear of spending much in treating them. That is one crooked way to handle things, being a responsible owner would mean that you would take care of your pet no matter what.
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