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Is he scratching it out or is it falling out?

Is the hair falling out from infection or demodicosis?

Are the hair follicles no longer cycling?

What conditions are associated with the hair cycle abnormalities?

What is Alopecia X?

How is Alopecia X diagnosed?

How do we treat Alopecia X?

What do we know about the hair cycle in dogs?

Dr. Linda A. Frank
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4544
Tel: (865) 974-8387 (ET) Email: LFrank@utk.edu

 

     

Is the hair falling out from infection or demodicosis?

 

If the dog is not scratching at the areas of hair loss, then the hair is probably falling out. The hair may be falling out in patches because of infections such as pyoderma (bacterial skin infection)

or dermatophytosis (fungal infection)

or because of demodicosis, a disease caused by an increase in the number of Demodex mites within the hair follicles.

Your veterinarian can diagnose these conditions through simple tests that can be done in the veterinary clinic.

 

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