Some Causes Of Hair Loss In Dogs And Cats
Allergies : They’re the top cause of hair loss.
Like people, your cat or dog can be allergic to food, insect bites, medicines, dust, or pollen.
To ease the itch, she’ll lick her fur until there are bald spots.
It’s simple to treat, but you might have to give her medicine for the rest of her life.
Parasites : Fleas, mites, lice, and ticks can make them scratch and lick, too, causing bald spots and even sores.
Treatment is usually quick and easy.
Ask your vet which medicine you should use.
Ringworm infection : No, it’s not a worm.
It’s a fungal infection.
And a scaly ring of missing hair is a sign.
Your vet can tell you for sure and prescribe antifungal creams or ointments, medicated baths, or even oral meds..
Stress and anxiety: When a cat or dog is stressed and obsessively licks and scratches, they can lose hair.
Vets call this “psychogenic alopecia.”
Cats that have it tend to pick at their belly, sides, and legs.
It’s most common in female purebreds with nervous personalities.
Treat her wounds, and ask your vet if she needs an antidepressant or changes in her environment, like putting up high perches or keeping dogs away.
Pain: Cats and dogs with arthritis may lick themselves at the site of the pain.