The dog or cat experiences a patchy hair loss, an increased loss of fur and/or bald spots on the skin. Hair loss is often caused by a mite, although it can be caused by an infection, trauma, or immune disease. Hair loss can often be treated by a topical shampoo or antibiotics. Consult a veterinarian to determine the cause and the treatment.
How to Recognize
While all pets shed, if your pet has excessive hair loss and/or noticeable bald spots, it could be a sign something is wrong.
While it is normal for all dogs to shed, bald spots are not normal. Allergies could be the cause of hair loss in your pet. If this is the case, the hair loss will commonly be accompanied by itching and/or redness. Hair loss could also be due to sores, parasites, or stress. Diseases such as Cushing\'s disease, which is the overproduction of cortisol, can also be associated with hair loss.
You should seek veterinary care for your pet if they are shedding excessively. If your pet is suffering from allergies, your veterinarian will provide your pet with medication.
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