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Why Is My Dog Losing Hair and What Should I Do About It?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He works mostly with dogs and exotic animals.

Learn the potential causes of hair loss in dogs, when you should see a vet, and what you can do at home to give your dog relief from itching.

Learn the potential causes of hair loss in dogs, when you should see a vet, and what you can do at home to give your dog relief from itching.

Most of us dog owners have had to worry about hair loss at some point. Hair loss can be normal, or it can be from itching and scratching (self-inflicted hair loss, like from sarcoptic mange, fleas, and allergies), and sometimes the hair can fall out in small patches (like ringworm), or in large areas (for example, hypothyroidism).

None of these problems are emergencies. Your dog might be uncomfortable, so you should take care of things as soon as possible, but you do not need to worry about finding a clinic in the middle of the night.

If your dog is losing hair, take a deep breath and try to figure out what is going on. Do not jump to conclusions—read through all of the conditions to see what might fit. Look at the photos and videos here, do more research on other websites, and if you need help, take your dog to your regular vet as soon as possible.

Normal shedding may be excessive in some breeds, and those dogs lose their hair in clumps.

Normal shedding may be excessive in some breeds, and those dogs lose their hair in clumps.

Normal Causes of Hair Loss in Dogs

  • Normal shedding (seasonal or year round)
  • Poor condition (starvation)
  • Parasites (like fleas, mange, ringworm, yeast, and others)
  • Allergies (can be inhalant, food, or even contact allergies)
  • Infection (hot spots, folliculitis, cellulitis, and some others)
  • Hormonal problems (hypothyroidism, Cushings, estrogen excess or deficiency)
  • Autoimmune diseases (secondary to ulcers in the skin)
  • Other uncommon diseases (like acanthosis nigrans, sebaceous adenitis, zinc responsive dermatosis, blue Doberman syndrome, black hair follicle dysplasia, and others)

What Causes Your Dog to Itch?

Sometimes a dog losing hair is just shedding. The dog will not have bald patches. If he is itching and scratching, that will help you decide what condition is causing the hair loss.

If your dog is itching, it can be:

  1. Fleas: Even if you do not see any fleas, this is a problem if you see “flea dirt”, the black specks of dried blood that you sometimes find on a dog. Take a few of the specks and put them on a wet paper towel—if the paper towel turns blood red around the specks your dog has fleas. Most readers are aware of how to get rid of fleas, either with monthly spot-on products or natural methods. Unfortunately, fleas become resistant to spot-ons and natural methods do not always work. Some dogs still have hair loss and excessive itching from fleas, especially on the back just above the tail.
  2. Allergies: The first thing many people think about after fleas is allergies. They can be caused by something in the air, something in the food, or even the food dish or a favorite blanket. Allergic dogs may have inflamed skin, red ear canals, swollen lips and red eyes, and even a runny nose. If your dog has many of these signs, and is scratching a lot, allergies are a possibility.
  3. Mange: There are two kinds of mange; sarcoptic is easy to treat, demodectic is sometimes a mild infection but if it becomes generalized will require lots of meds and many visits to your vet. Both can itch, but the sarcoptic type will drive a dog almost crazy, and demodectic mange might itch a little but can become generalized and lead to other serious health problems; if you notice the hair loss and itching the best thing you can do is take him in for a veterinary exam and skin scraping.
  4. Ringworm, yeast, or bacterial infection: You may not even notice itching with these problems, but the skin will become thickened, scaly, and the hair will fall out in an uneven pattern. Sometimes itching is the sign of a secondary infection.
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Infections That Cause Your Dog to Itch

  • Hot spots are a local infection that usually starts under a patch of thick hair. If you know what they look like, and want to take care of the infection at home, you can clip the hair, clean the skin with betadine from your first aid kit, then apply a topical antibiotic cream from your drugstore. Your vet might put your dog on oral antibiotics too, and might give him a shot of steroids to keep her from scratching the spot and making the infection even worse.
  • Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. Some dogs (like Miniature Schnauzers) can have this infection by itself but many times it is secondary to other infections like mange. The dog can be treated at home with twice daily Pyoben shampoos, but your vet may need to put him on oral antibiotics.
  • Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissue just underneath. Like with folliculitis, there is not always hair loss, but since it is painful your dog might rub it and the hair will come off. Treat it by soaking in Epsom salts (about 30 grams or ¼ cup to 1 liter of water, about 3 times a day) and keep the skin above the infection clean with betadine. If this is not enough your vet may want to treat your dog with antibiotics.

Using a Good Shampoo to Improve Infections

All skin infections can be improved through the use of a good shampoo, so if your dog it itching and you cannot figure out what is wrong, I have found that this brand helps. To use it correctly, wet your dog down thoroughly, apply the shampoo, and leave it on at least 10 minutes. That is a long time, so be sure to check your clock so that he is not let out too soon. If your dog does not like to be in the bath that long, you can massage him after applying the shampoo and the distraction will make many dogs forget the time.

What About When My Dog Is Losing Hair Without Itching?

If your dog is not itching but is not just shedding normally, the cause of hair loss can be:

  1. Hypothyroidism: Since the thyroid gland controls your dog´s metabolic rate, the first thing that some people notice is a gradual weight gain. The hair is dry, brittle, and falls out easily in an even pattern (it is the same on the left side as on the right). Since there can be many other symptoms, including aggression, the dog needs to see his vet and have a blood sample taken so this disease can be diagnosed and treated.
  2. Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushings): This disease is caused by an excess of steroids in the body and there are many clinical symptoms, but the changes in the skin are sometimes the most obvious. The skin becomes dark, the dogs lose hair all over, dogs can have blackheads on the belly, and on top of that the belly is large and swollen. Some owners will notice that the dogs are really thirsty and so have to go outside more often. These problems can sometimes be treated successfully, so, like with hypothyroidism, the dog has to be seen and diagnosed by the vet for treatment to begin.
  3. Other hormonal diseases (Estrogen excess, estrogen deficiency, growth hormone-responsive alopecia, ) If your dog has a tumor that is causing extra estrogen, his or her skin and coat will start turning dark about the belly, and then the hair will become brittle and fall out. She will need testing to determine if this is the problem, but can be treated by being spayed or neutered. If there is not enough estrogen, the hair falls out on the belly. Hormonal diseases can only be diagnosed after blood tests, so you need to take her to your vet.
  4. Autoimmune diseases: The hair loss caused by these diseases is minor compared to the skin ulcers and secondary infections. If your dog has skin ulcers, hair loss is the least of his problems; the only way to diagnose this is to have a skin biopsy sent to a laboratory.

If your dog has symptoms similar to the Tibetan Mastiff seen in this video, go ahead and take her in for an exam and blood test. There is no cure for this hormonal disease, but the medication to treat hypothyroidism is inexpensive and will make her look better and act like herself.

Traction alopecia is one of the few hair loss problems that can be avoided easily.

Traction alopecia is one of the few hair loss problems that can be avoided easily.

Uncommon Diseases That Cause Hair Loss

  • Sebaceous adenitis is an inherited skin disease. In long haired dogs (like the Akita, Samoyed, and Standard Poodle) there is hair loss on the neck, tail, and top of the head. In short haired breeds (like the Viszla) there is hair loss on the ears, legs, and head. All the breeds have scaly, greasy skin, and it has to be diagnosed by a skin biopsy and then treated by a vet.
  • Zinc-responsive dermatosis can show up in some dogs fed cheap food but in sometimes breeds like Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and Doberman Pinschers develop this even when eating enough zinc. The dogs have hair loss around the ears, eyes, and mouth, but also have crusty elbows and feet. They need zinc supplements to get better, and if it is genetic the supplements have to be given for the rest of the dog´s life.
  • Acanthosis nigrans is thick, black skin with hair loss that is found in young Dachshunds. The armpits, ears, and folds are greasy and black. There is no cure, but your vet might be able to make your dog a little better by treating with a shampoo, vitamin E, antibiotics, and melatonin.
  • Color diseases like Blue Doberman Syndrome and black hair follicular dysplasia. The Blue disease is also seen in blue Newfies, Chows, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, and other blue dogs. The hair looks healthy, but then becomes infected. Dogs suffering from the black hair disease never develop hair in the black areas. There is no cure for either disease.
  • Although there are a few even more uncommon causes of hair loss, like Alopecia X and Pattern Alopecia, the one cause of hair loss that can be dealt with is Traction Alopecia. This problem affects small dogs with their hair tied up in rubber bands and barrettes, and when they are too tight and left on too long they make the dog go bald on top of the head. The only way to cure it is by removing the bald spot—the best way to prevent it is by giving your dog a haircut that does not require a rubber band!

What Can I Do at Home?

If you cannot take your dog to the vet for some reason, the first thing to do is check for fleas. If he does not have a flea problem, and his symptoms fit some of the other diseases that I describe above, there are some other things you can try.

  • If the problem is seasonal, and you think it might be inhalant allergies, try some natural remedies like raw honey.
  • If the ears and GI tract are involved and you think it might be food-related, try a hypoallergenic diet (a new protein that the dog has never been exposed to before). A raw diet with whole natural proteins is best.
  • If the problem seems to be mainly with her feet and belly, a contact allergy might be the problem, and you can try switching the bedding.
  • If the problem is hair loss around the nose and lips, get rid of the plastic food bowl and replace it with a ceramic or stainless steel dish.
  • No matter what the cause of itching, you can provide some relief by bathing your dog in oatmeal shampoo, and many holistic veterinarians think it is helpful to rinse the dog with apple cider vinegar after bathing.

More About Your Dog's Skin

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: Both my dogs suddenly started losing fur about 1 week ago. I took them to my vet and they studied their skin and fur and found no parasites, mites, mange etc. They are not particularly itchy and seem OK other wise. Both dogs are yellow labs, ages 1 year, and 11years. We spent $300 to find to solution and they are still losing hair at alarming rates. The younger dog more dramatically. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: It certainly sounds contagious, and I would have checked for mites, fleas, etc. The only thing you can do at this point, assuming it is not seasonal shedding, is diagnostic treatment.

Question: My one-year-old German Shepherd is losing all of the hair on her abdomen, legs and now her back. She also scratches constantly, and has a rash all over, but the vet says it's not fleas. She took ten days of antibiotics, and the sores from scratching were better, but not gone. We have tried every food, shampoo, etc. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: If this were my dog, I would go ahead and give him an ivermectin injection as a diagnostic test. IF the itching improves, it is most likely caused by sarcoptic mange mites, which are very difficult to find during testing.

Has your dog been treated with steroids? If she gets better after an injection, that will lead you to consider an allergic cause.

Question: How do you use the honey to prevent hair loss in dogs?

Answer: Local honey contains some of the allergens that a dog with atopy (allergic inhalant dermatitis) can be affected by. You use it by feeding the dog about one teaspoon daily.

This only works if it is locally harvested organic honey. If it is from the grocery store and has been processed it is worthless.

Question: Why does my dog have a tiny patch of hair loss on his tail, which is not itchy? He is a Chihuahua, terrier and pug mix and is five-years-old.

Answer: It is possible that your dog has ringworm, a fungal infection. There are several ways to check if that is the case, but the tests do need to be done at your regular vet clinic.

If the patch of hair loss is due to ringworm, you should be aware that it is transmissible to humans. Get him checked out as soon as possible.

Question: My dog has a high amount of hair loss. It seems seasonal but the hair shedding is very high. What can it be, and what do I do?

Answer: I cannot tell if your dog has seasonal allergies, seasonal shedding that is normal for his breed, or even a hormonal disease. If you want to find a solution you need to take him to your local vet for an exam.

Question: My dog has redness up and down legs, belly chest, itching, and is losing hair. What causes my dog's itching and lost hair?

Answer: Any number of allergies can cause this. The symptoms you describe are usually due to inhalant allergies (outside pollens, inside molds and house dust mites).

Question: Every time I wash my dog, he loses his hair. Is that normal?

Answer: It is normal for dogs to lose a lot of hair after a bath. I brush my dogs before a bath to remove any loose hair, and that takes care of most of the hair that goes down the drain.

After bathing, put him up and groom him thoroughly. You will still get a lot of hair loss after a bath but at least you can gather it up in a brush.

Question: My seven-year-old Alaskan malamute had a clump of fur with what I thought at the time was some dirt that had gotten matted in. She had some loose bits of fur today that came out with a layer of this stuff again, I’m assuming it must be skin as you can see the hair coming through it but it’s brown and have now noticed she has a big bald patch on her leg (didn’t notice before as was hidden by her fur). Any ideas of what this could be?

Answer: Siberians and Malamutes will often develop a type of hot spot (a Staph infection) on the skin, and the pus will cause the hair to mat and fall out in a clump if it is messed with. The area has to be clipped and cleaned.

Question: I have a six to seven-year-old Siberian husky. The fur on her back is very thin. The fur starts getting thinner at her neck and down her back to about the middle and there are scabs under it all the way down! I have three Siberian huskies, and none of them have this problem. I don't know if it's because of her fur problem, but she also smells bad. We've given her baths with everything we could think of, but she still smells bad. Do you have any other ideas we could try?

Answer: The most common cause of hair loss and small scabs on the dorsal midline is flea allergy dermatitis. You may never see a flea on your Sibe because all it takes is one bite. Other dogs in the household may be bitten on occasion and be just fine.

Part the fur on the back and look for little bits of black dirt. Take the dirt and put it on a wet paper towel. If it turns red when it gets wet, that is blood.

I am not a big fan of chemical methods of flea control (I prefer natural), but your dog is a good reason to use these products. Talk to your vet and buy the most potent flea control product he or she has. Give it a month or two to see if the scabs go away; the hair loss will take a little longer.

The odor sounds like a secondary infection. If the bathing is not adequate, you need to ask your vet for antibiotics for a skin infection.

Question: Can my dog be allergic to the flea prevention solution that we use?

Answer: Some dogs are allergic to the oral flea preventatives but it is more common for a dog to be hypersensitive to the products applied to the skin. If you think this might be the case look for natural alternatives.

Question: My dog has been treated for mange, sebborhea, fleas, allergies and has been put on appaquell and is still losing hair. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: Based on these treatments, your dog has something that is causing her to itch, and since she has not responded to treatments, it is most likely food or inhalant allergies. These problems are very hard to treat. I would put her on an exclusion diet (ask your vet about setting up a diet for your dog based on what she might be allergic to) and give her at least 12 weeks before you have decided that this is not the problem.

If things are still not going well for your dog, you can ask your vet for a referral to the state veterinary college or a veterinary dermatologist.

Question: My puppy is covered in itchy bumps. What could it be?

Answer: Your pup could have mange, flea bites, or even infected skin. I cannot diagnose his problem without an exam. You should take him in to your regular vet for an exam as soon as possible, before things get worse.

Question: My dog had a hot spot on her neck, and it is healed up, but now she is losing the hair on her back and legs in patches. It is falling out in chunks. She has never shed before. Any ideas?

Answer: It depends on the breed. Since this is spring, it may be normal. You do not need to treat this as an emergency, but if it continues, be sure to take her to your regular vet for an exam. It does not sound like it has anything to do with the hot spot.

Question: My dog gets fleas at random and we also notice when he has flea bites he has rashes around the bites. Could that be an allergic reaction?

Answer: There are several possibilites to treat an allergic reaction to fleas. The best one of course is make sure the dog does not get bit anymore. I do not know what sort of flea control you are using but that would be the best thing.

Question: My 4-month-old Rottweiler is losing hair around her right eye only, but she doesn't have itching or a runny eye or nose. What can I do at home?

Answer: There is not much you can do at home without knowing what is causing the hair loss around the eye. When you take your Rott puppy in for her rabies vaccination, ask the vet to scrape the skin around the eye and look for Demodex mites.

There are many alternative treatments for demodicosis, including some topical medications that may or may not help. Do not subject your puppy to the toxic dips that are sold for mange. If you want to treat her most effectively, she can be given ivermectin orally.

If you are really strapped and cannot afford to have this diagnosed, you can sometimes treat patchy Demodex infections in Rotties and Pitbulls with "benign neglect." No treatment is used at all, and most of the puppies will just grow out of the problem as their immune systems become more competent. I am hesitant to suggest this method since I have not seen the puppy and am not even sure if this is what the problem is, so if you are worried about this you should find out what is going on before making this choice.

Question: I have an 8-year-old Pomeranian with body hair loss and blackheads on its back. Blood work has been done and shows normal range. Any ideas that I can try?

Answer: It depends on the pattern of the hair loss. If it is not itching, and thyroid hormones are normal, I would try a bath to clean the pores (flush out those blackheads). The Amazon link in the article is for a benzoyl peroxide shampoo, which may be appropriate in his case.

If this were my Pom, I would also try to moisturize the skin after the bath with coconut oil. I can provide no scientific proof for this, but have seen great results when using the product on my family´s Poms.

Question: Both my dogs have the same sore in the same spot on the tip of their nose before where their nostrils are. Should I be concerned? What exactly is it? How can I treat it?

Answer: There is a possibility that it is ringworm (which is a disease that can spread to humans; especially any children you have in the house). You should have their noses examined, then scraped and tested with a black light, for proper diagnosis. Your vet will give you medication when he or she figures out why your dogs have a sore on the nose.

Question: We have a four-year-old male Chesapeake Bay Retriever that has a dark brown curly coat; his sides and the area in front of his tail have suffered hair loss, and sometimes he has sores. He has had thyroid tests, skin scrapings, and a Cushing's test- all came back negative. Any ideas as to what is wrong with our dog?

Answer: Skin diseases are divided up into itching and non-itching types, so I really need more information. If he is itching, the most common cause of the hair loss you describe is flea allergy dermatitis. You do not always see the fleas, and some dogs are so sensitive that it only takes a single bite to cause the hair loss. If he is on good flea control, and you are sure there is not a problem with fleas, the second most common problem is allergies. If it is seasonal, it is most likely an allergy to pollens. If he is an inside dog, it can occur year round, since he can be allergic to house dust mites.

If the problem is not seasonal, then there is a possibility that he is allergic to some protein component of his food. To find this out for sure he has to be on a STRICT exclusion diet for at least two months. During this time he is to eat only one protein source, and cannot get commercial dog treats or any table scraps or leftovers. Many people will allow their dog to get into something unknown during the test and then declare that the test did not work.

If your dog is not itching at all, then the hypothyroid test should be repeated. Make sure that the TSH is measured too.

If nothing else comes up, I would suggest that you consult with a dermatologist at a local referral hospital or veterinary college.

Question: My dog has long hair a loses hair on his back, but I don't see anything wrong anywhere else. Why is he losing hair?

Answer: Your dog may have flea allergies and a flea or two that you have not found, hypothyroidism, or numerous other problems. You need to take him to your regular vet for an exam, and so that you can answer questions and find out what is wrong.

Question: Why is my old dog is developing warts on his back?

Answer: Skin changes are normal age-related changes in senior dogs. The hair becomes thinner, the skin becomes darker in some breeds, and it is very common to grow small "warts" on the back.

If any of them are growing fast or have irregular edges, they should be examined by your regular vet and possibly removed. Old dogs can develop cancer of the skin.

Question: My dog is a Weimaraner mix; she is losing long hair but has short hair (darker color) coming in where she’s losing long hair. Any idea?

Answer: There are several possibilities. If your dog is very young, this might just be a seasonal change. Nothing to worry about.

If she is older, and this is the first time this has happened, you have to decide whether she is itching or not. If not, a hormonal cause is most likely (hypothyoroidism). If she is itching, there may be a parasite problem.

This cannot be diagnoses without an exam. If this problem continues make an appointment with your regular vet and have her examined.

Question: My five-year-old Pomeranian started losing patches of hair. He just started on thyroid. It hasn't helped yet, and is getting worse. What can I do?

Answer: Hypothyroidism usually causes hair loss along the bottom of the neck, along the belly, and in a few other areas. The dog does not scratch. Is your Pom itching?

If he is not, and he really is hypothyroid, all you can do is continue the thyroid hormone treatment prescribed by your vet. Your dog may have another hormonal problem going on at the same time though so he may need to be tested for other problems, like Cushing disease.

If you are not happy with the diagnosis and treatment from your regular vet, you can ask for a referral to a dermatologist in your city or in your states vet college. It may cost more for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

Question: My six year old Pom has coarse hair and comes back differently in areas?

Answer: Have you taken your Pom to the vet so that he can have his thyroid levels checked? Are there other signs present, like a hanging belly? Your dog may have hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, or any other serious hormonal problem. This is not an emergency but get him checked out as soon as you can.

Question: My dog had puppies about four weeks ago. She's not regaining weight, and she's losing a lot of hair. What could be wrong?

Answer: You should take a stool sample to your local vet and have your dog checked for worms. If your dog is infected, which she probably is at this point, she and the puppies all need to be dewormed.

© 2014 Dr Mark

Your dog's hair loss cannot be diagnosed over the internet, but if you have any questions, I will be glad to help.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 04, 2020:

Yomaris--have you taken your Shnauzer for an exam by your local vet? It may be Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome, and he or she will diagnose it during the exam. It may be a fungal infection, local, and can be diagnosed at the exam.

Yomaris on September 02, 2020:

Hello, I have a miniature schnauzer who’s 5 years old and his back is really itchy and as result of his itching he has two patches where he has no hair, I checked for fleas and it isn’t that but one of the bald spots is becoming scaly, what can it be?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 03, 2020:

Madison, that is not enough info to diagnose the problem. She will need to go to your regular vet as it may be a fungus or many other things.

Madison butler on August 01, 2020:

My dog has a bald circle spot on her belly and she itches a lot and but if we give her tick spray and flea spray but nothing works

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 17, 2020:

Elizabeth, that cannot be over the internet. You will need to take your APBT in for an exam, check for fungus, maybe even a biopsy.

Rose Ann Hosking on April 13, 2020:

the hair loss around her bottom and back legs hae been going on for a while we take her to the vet get meds but when the meds finish the rash comes back with the itchy bum she is happy and loves walking and eating there is no fleas regards Rose Ann

Elizabeth Peraza on April 13, 2020:

my 12 yr old Albino APBT started showing hailoss issues plugg hair loss with brown like stains and moth eating hair patches on her crown, what is it

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 20, 2020:

Brett, the most common cause of hair loss at the base of the tail is fleas. Is your dog itching?

Brett on March 14, 2020:

I have a 8 year old red nose pit she is a house dog and is losing her hair on her tail what can this be

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 04, 2020:

Meghyn--that is not impossible but is very unlikely. The more common reason would be hormonal. Get your dog checked out by your regular vet and have his thyroid levels checked.

Nadine on March 04, 2020:

My sisters dog has been years with bad skin and he has no hair on all of his body. His face only has hair and front 2 legs. She will not take him to the vet grrr! What can I do to help his skin it looks so bad like it’s eczema or something? Please help

Meghyn on March 03, 2020:

My dog (a Doberman Pit mix-almost 2 y/o), is having hair thinning around his ears, elbows, eyes, head, and belly. Mostly the ears and leg joints. He is not itchy, but seems a little depressed, could hair loss be caused by emotional problems? He wasn’t recently separated from his best friend.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 09, 2020:

Wendy, focal hair loss like you are describing is pretty common after an injury. It is just scar tissue, the hair follicles do not come back and it is nothing to worry about. (My senior Pitbull has a spot like that on one of her rear legs. She was hit by a car as a puppy and the road rash area never grew back.)

Wendy on February 08, 2020:

Dr Mark, Yes the hair loss is on the knot, about an inch from the tip of the tail. there is a spot up higher on the top of tail that is bare, It's not red or itchy. So the knot is scare tissue? i was concerned about that. the knot is hard there's no hair on it. It doesn't go all the way around the tail, Its only where the injury was. doesn't seem to bother her. She still wags her tail and uses it like she always did.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 07, 2020:

Dr Golait--if the dog is not itching you need to have his thyroid levels checked. You will need to see his regular veterinarian about testing and medications if this is hypothyroidism.

Dr Rahul R Golait on February 02, 2020:

I have Tibetian mastiff loin head he is lossing his hairs there no hair left on belly elbow joint has got hard an thick skin an there white sacales in hair 2/3 red spots . what would it be probably the cause can u help me with good treatment will be great help .

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 02, 2020:

Wendy, is the hair loss just in the knot/scar tissue or the whole tail? If the whole tail is involved, it does not sound like it is secondary to the injury, but I could not be sure without looking at it.

Your vet may need to biopsy the skin. I am not sure you want to take it that far if it is very localized, and there is no redness or itching.

Wendy on January 26, 2020:

About 7 months ago, my pit bull injured her tail an inch from the tip. it healed and formed a knot around the area. its winter now and Lately I've noticed that she is balding down the top of her tail, but not all the way to the top. it stops at her butt. she isn't itching or biting at it. there are no sores or redness. could this be related to the injury?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 30, 2019:

Mel--that is not enough information to diagnose the problem. If could be fleas, hormonal, mange, food allergies, etc. You really need to take your bully into your regular vet and have his skin examined.

Mel lugo on December 27, 2019:

I have an American bully a year and seven months he has redness behind at you and is losing hair and two ball spots on his neck and it constantly shaking his head and scratching what is the cause of that ?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 05, 2019:

Laura, your dog may have a flea allergy. It only takes one, you do not need to see it. Put her on a flea control medication like Frontline.

For the dry skin problem, see https://pethelpful.com/dogs/remedy-for-dog-with-dr...

Laura on December 04, 2019:

My dog is loosing hair down her back and her tail.her skin n hair ate both very dry.she also has pimple like sores wherever shes loosing hIr.she scratches profusely. Ive found no fleas.she also has a oder.when it started she lost all of her hair e except on her head.i got that cleared up.her hair has came back very thick n pretty but its extremely dry as her ski. Is the same.she a 2 year old blue healer

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 10, 2019:

Marian, the most common cause of hair loss as you describe is demodex mange. It would need to be scraped at examination before starting treatment.

Marian Brand on November 07, 2019:

My dog had puppies about 3 weeks ago ..1 of the puppies has some hair loss on the top of her head. What could cause this? Is there any thing i can do. About it

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 04, 2019:

Anandv, what was the medicine? It may be something that your Pom needs to be on for a long time, or in the case of a hormonal problem (like hypothyroidism) for the rest of his life. You need to talk to your regular vet about the medicine and the need to continue.

Anandv on August 02, 2019:

Sir,

I have a pomeranian at home . He is 3 years old. Now he has hair loss near the chest and neck region. We have seen an vet and the medicine came to an affect but as soon as the medicine is stopped he began to loss his hairs and no indication of pest

Abigail Rush on July 28, 2019:

Yes I have a dog she’s a poodle mix and she’s 1 year old she’s loosing her hair at the top of her tail on her back what could be the problem

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 26, 2019:

Megan,this is often a lifelong problem with Schanuzers. If the skin is kind of greasy and dry, the vet has probably prescribed a benzoyl peroxide shampoo. It also helps to use a colloidal oatmeal shampoo after to make your dog more comfortable. Those are not cures, only therapies.

Just to give you an example: my Schnauzer had this problem so I had to bathe her about every two weeks. I only have to bathe my Pitbull a few times a year.

Just something we have to live with to have a great dog.

Here is some more info on using colloidal oatmeal:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/remedy-for-dog-with-dr...

Megan on June 23, 2019:

I have a two and a half year old mini schnauzer. He keeps getting skin problems, especially in hotter, drier seasons (which is a problem because we live in a tropical country). He usually has redness on his armpit area, that also sometimes forms whiteish scabs that come off if you itch them. He also has developed a small bald spot around his lower back nearing his tail. This has healed before, but it’s slowly becoming a bit bald again. My vet has given me a shampoo for skin problems to help. They often disappear after a few weeks of showers, but always end up coming back. I was wondering if there’s a way to completely make this effect go away, or if it will be something he has to deal with for the rest of his life.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 17, 2019:

Robby, hair loss is a symptom of seminomas, but I am not sure about the appetite. At this point I would be most worried that the tumor had become neoplastic and the appetite was due to metastatic cancer. Is he losing weight?

RobbyLee on June 16, 2019:

We have 2 Síberians. The eldest was adopted at almost 2 yrs, with undescended testicles. At age 6, he wasn’t himself - we eventually learned he had an enlarged testicle, which we later learned ruptured. He had surgery. Pathology showed seminoma. About 2 months after, he began shedding his undercoat in a way I’ve never seen before. He had a beautiful thick, lush coat which started coming out in clumps. There were white appearing plugs at the skin side tips, which I assumed was skin. His coat looks a bit raggedy, is very thin in comparison and seems dry and brittle. I recently had him worked up with full series of bloodwork since his appetite became rather intense but only at meal time. The constant shedding is driving me a little nuts especially given this was never an issue. Thoughts? Thank you!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 30, 2019:

Megan, in that case you should have her skin examined by your local vet.

Megan on May 30, 2019:

My one year old australian shepherd has been itching excessively all over her body. I have checked her for fleas and I haven't seen any indication of them, I also don't see any dry skin that could be the cause. Every time she scratches herself I find large chunks of her fur that have fallen out but I don't see any bald spots on her.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 28, 2019:

Ros, have you taken her to your vet? It sounds like a simple case of ringworm of demodectic mange. If so it will clear up with medication. Take her in as soon as you can.

Ros Johnson on April 28, 2019:

Our British Bulldog has started to develop small bald spots on her flanks which are getting more & more numerous

They’re not itchy & she has no parasites or fleas

She’s five years old , neutered & until recently has always had a beautiful coat

The only change in her diet has been to add Pro Fibre as she has had problems with her anal glands in the past

Any ideas what it could be please ?

Ethan on April 15, 2019:

My black lab lost hair on snout look red and blisterd

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 14, 2019:

Serdar, if it happened overnight it is usually associated with itching. Have your dog checked for mange by your vet.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 14, 2019:

Lisa, have you taken your dog to the vet to have his thyroid levels rechecked after medication. The dose may be too low. He should have stopped by now unless he is blowing his winter coat.

Is the hairloss still pattern loss only?

Lisa on April 11, 2019:

My dog has been on thyroid meds for four weeks. When will he stop losing hair?

SerdarAkkus on March 27, 2019:

My 3-year old golden retriever lost some hair around her snout area.

But it doesn't look like a patch it looks more like balding and it happened over a night.she was fine yesterday, and I've checked if there are any other spots on her, but no just the snout and it never happened before.

Any Advice?

Thanks.

Ann tongue on March 25, 2019:

My female jack skier has a thick coat in her head and body her bum end is bald. What could be cause. The vet said it’s nothing to worry about the rest of her coat is thick and curly

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 24, 2019:

Sanket, can you be more specific? Do you know what is causing the disease? What does it look like?

sanket deshmukh on March 24, 2019:

My dog get dramtic disease what is home treatment

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 05, 2019:

Dee, you really need to take him to your local vet. Based on your description he may have demodectic mange and a secondary infection. Easy to heal up if treated properly.

Dee on March 04, 2019:

Hi Dr Mark

My 8 yrs old blue nose pit

Capone has missing hair around the eye and ears and leg he is always itching and licking himself

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 13, 2019:

Shirley, have your dog examined and his thyroid checked. Hypothyroidism is a much more common cause of pattern hair loss that Cushings.

Shirley Perl on February 11, 2019:

My 4 year old Male Terrier mix has been losing hair at an alarming rate. It looks like a systematic lose as though we shaved him on his belly and underside of his neck. He has no other symptoms at all. Is on a healthy raw food diet, with supplements and fish oil. Can this be Cushings?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 23, 2019:

James, read https://pethelpful.com/dogs/dog-yeast-infection-sy...

It sounds like your dog has a chronic skin infection, probably yeast, but it is impossible to tell without an exam and a skin scraping. If this information is not helpful, and your chihuahua is still suffering, please see your local vet.

Jamesadams on January 23, 2019:

I have a blue nose chihuahua about 6 years old he has lost hair from top of head all the way down to his tail but not the tail.i have tried lucky jack and couple of different shampoos he is licking between toes and scratching especially the arm pits .i have 4 chihuahuas and he is the only one with this problem. We moved fromone part

Of Georgia to another part of Georgia for 2 months and he seemed to be improving but had to move back and now he is getting worse .any tips thanks James

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 23, 2018:

Karla, without seeing her and having more info I cannot help. You need to take her to your local vet.

Karla on November 23, 2018:

My black lady is losing hair on her left leg and neck, what should I do?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 13, 2018:

Becci, losing hair above the tail like that is usually fleas, but since your dog is bleeding and has an odor she probably has an infection. She really needs to be seen by your local vet.

Becci on November 13, 2018:

My dog has been losing hair above her tail now its bleeding and she also has a odor that smells bad what should i do

Sarah on October 11, 2018:

Thank you Dr Mark. I appreciate your input. Just trying to do all I can for my PennyLane.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 11, 2018:

Sarah, I cannot contriubute any more than you already know from your local vet. It sounds like they have done a good job looking into the problem so hopefully it will resolve with the treatment they are recommending. I hope things clear up with the hypoallergenic diet trial.

Sarah on October 11, 2018:

I am hoping you can help! My Penny Lane is an eight year old pitbull mix. Extremely healthy except for recent increase in ALT levels which we have pretty much assumed due to a change in dry food brand. So started her on a home cooked meal (white fish, egg, veg, rice) with added fish oil, yogurt and milk thistle. Dropped ALT levels by 100 points in 1 month so now only 5 points above the top of the range. Did her T test bloodwork and it is on the low end of the normal range. In the meantime out of nowhere these spots started to show up. Started in her face and head and now a few on her back and haunches. They are not itchy for her, they are not moist or weeping at all. They are however dry and some are flaky. Not contagious to our other dog, not fleas or mange. They’ve done a skin scrape (small bit of bacteria) and a cellophane test which showed the presence of neutrophils and red blood cells. At present, they are contributing it to “hotspots” and giving me supplements for her diet as well as Remend wound spray. We have started a complete hypoallergenic food to try and heal from the inside out. I am still adding fish oil, milk thistle and yogurt.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 08, 2018:

Dr. Embleton-Kane, a 9 year old Bernese Mountain Dog is already a senior. I have seen hair loss in geriatric dogs, usually diagnosed when everything else is ruled out, so it is a possibility.

If the hair loss is not growing, not causing the dog any discomfort, then you need to decide whether or not to even mess with it. You can take him to a vet with a dermatology specialty but is it worth it to the dog?

Dr.Gerald Embleton-Kane on October 07, 2018:

I have a bernese neutered male, 9 years old. He has a small patch of hair loss. No fleas, mites or scabies, the skin is not inflamed or sore. It is just there. Food is the same as it has been most of his life, so no changes in diet, he gets bathed and groomed when needed by a good dog groomer. Any ideas, If like myself he is loosing hair due to age no probs.

Tina on September 22, 2018:

I have a husky she is lost her hair and i do not know what to do i have sprays her pin and put a flea chord on her and she still lost hair i try to give her a flea bath

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 25, 2018:

ssen josexxx--I do not know where you live but you should contact a local veterinarian to see your dog. Most major metro areas now have mobile vet clinics too so if it is a problem to take your dog to the vet you can have someone come by.

ssen josexxx on August 25, 2018:

can you come and see my dog at home

Colin wynd on August 23, 2018:

I have a 6year old x husky malmute. For past 3 month my dog has a bald patch on his back were his tail sits. He don't scratch it but if u touch it it is sensitive and were hair is missing his skin is dark in color. Wat could b cause of this and wat can I do

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 09, 2018:

Hi Tex thanks but I am semi-retired and spend most of my days with my dogs, horses, sheep, etc. Have you seen a dermatologist at your state vet college? That is usually your best option if the local vets have not been able to figure out your GPs skin disease.

If you do make an appointment, make sure that you take everything that he has been on so that they will have a better idea where to start. I hope things work out for him.

Tex Waller on August 09, 2018:

How do we reach you Dr. Mark? Would like to discuss in detail about my dog's hair loss. Happily willing to pay you for your time.

We've seen many different vets and specialists for our great pyrenees who is losing hair slowly but surely. He's been on thyroid medication and supplements, homeopathic remedies, raw food diets, etc. He is still losing hair. Hoping to try something else, and would like your feedback.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 02, 2018:

Bivi, if this is not a problem for the dog I would just igore it. It may or may not go away. I have a dog with a spot of alopecia similar to this on her back secondary to a case of mange she had when I got her. The skin was damaged, the follices were destroyed. Over time it is less noticeable, may even contract like scar tissue.

Bivi on August 01, 2018:

Hi,

After a visit to the vet, my 5 month old Australian Shepard got a shot and a topical spray for two hotspots. The spot on her hip has made progress and has pretty much returned to normal, but the one on her leg still hasnt regrown any hair although she has not been licking or biting at it. Should i be concerned about this, or any recommendations for getting the hair to grow back?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 30, 2018:

Hannah, I am not sure which of those spot on products you used, but sure your dog can be allergic to the product. Unfortuately they soak in and there is no way to get it out. You can try to bathe her more frequently with a shampoo like pyoben but there might be problems from removing too many of the oils from the coat, so that is not a perfect solution.

The only thing you can do is wait for the product to disappear and then not use it again. Hopefully the hair will come back in after the product is out of her system.

Hannah E on July 29, 2018:

My dog has been itching and biting like crazy down the middle of her back and now has lost hair in a pattern that coincides exactly with where my husband applied flea drops (he for whatever reason didn’t get it behind her head , and only applied them from her mid back to her tail). We’ve only had her for a couple of months and assume she’s about four months old, but this is the first time she’s ever had flea drops. Could they be what caused this itching and her hair to fall out?? The package only states “mild itching” and says the drops were for dogs and puppies 5-14 pounds (which if anything is a little on the light side for her, so I doubt the dose was too much/or for a larger dog).

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 15, 2018:

Caleb, if he is not itching at all my first choice would be to try and treat him for dry skin. You can use the dietary changes and other supplements listed here and see how he does.

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/remedy-for-dog-with-dr...

Caleb Eastham on July 14, 2018:

My puppy is almost a year old. Mixed breed but we think he’s mix of fox hound/lab. He’s been losing excessive amounts of hair all over his body with no patterns or contentrated spots. At first I figured it was just seasonal shedding but now I’m beginning to see his skin through his coat. He is not itching or digging at his skin. I have noticed that when he gets a scratch from playing outside or with other dogs the skin around it looks flaky. His diet, energy levels, attitude, bowl movements, thirst has not changed. Any suggestions?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 13, 2018:

Courtney, do you think it is better to just let them be sick?

courtney on July 13, 2018:

I think treateing animlas is wrong

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 26, 2018:

Charlotte, you may be correct in worrying about a yeast problem but there is something else going on here. I would be most concerned about a hormonal problem, like hypothyroidism. You need to take him to see you vet to have his skin examined and have a blood test for thyroid hormones.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 26, 2018:

Shadowcat, if the itching really is intense the first thing you should think of is sarcoptic mites. They can be treated pretty easily now but you do need to take him to your regular vet for an exam first.

The scaling sounds like a secondary yeast infection but it would not cause intense itching. Get him checked out as soon as possible.

Shadowcat72 on June 26, 2018:

Hi,

My 11-year-old black lab has been having INTENSE itching on his back and tail (and a bit on hind legs). He is biting his hair out. At the site, the skin has a dry scaly brown coating. It also scabs up like big clumps of dead skin. He's on flea medication, and I use a flea comb daily to watch for signs of them; there are none. The remainder of his body looks completely healthy with plush shiny coat. Please, any ideas?

Charlotte Nguyen on June 25, 2018:

I have a Siberian Husky that has black scaly skin with loss hair on his tail and hind legs. He was shaven because he needed surgery but that was 3 years ago. It hasn't grown back and now I am seeing loose patches around his neck, under his belly and on his rear back. They look like black dots. I use to only bathe him once a month but I believe he may have a skin infection? I have just started to bathe him with antifungal shampoo to see if it's a Yeast infection 3 times a week. He doesn't scratch or bite himself at all. Any other suggestion for me would help. Thank you so much!!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 20, 2018:

Jane, the most likely cause of the situation you are describing is flea allergy dermatitis. You might not even see the fleas, but some dogs, like your Pit, are so sensitive that they will bite and chew until the skin is bleeding.

Carefully examine the skin under the hair around the tailhead. If you find a black speck of dirt, drop it onto a wet paper towel. If the towel turns red, that black speck of dirt is actually flea poo, and that red is blood from your dog.

Your pup will need to be put on a very potent flea medication. The best products are only sold through your vet. Call up the vet you visit and ask if they sell them over the counter, but if not you may need to pay for an office call.

If you do not find any flea dirt have your dog examined by the vet and checked for sarcoptic mange. That type of mange itches, a lot, and dogs are in pain.

Jane taylor on June 18, 2018:

Our dog is a 3 yr old pit. He constantly bits his tail around his tail and his back right above the tail. He bites all his hair off and bites until he has his skin bleeding and tail swolen. Now i noticed swelling in his back legs and feet. Its gotten so swolen he had problems walking.what is wrong with him and what can i do please help and hurry.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 16, 2018:

There are several possiblities with a 14 year old dog. Your vet should look at the dog since her hair loss might be in a pattern that would indicate hypothyroidism. This can be treated.

It is also possible that your dog has thinning hair as a side effect of aging. This is not definite, and you really should have her looked at before deciding that this is the problem.

Mary G. on June 15, 2018:

My rat tail/chihuahua is 14 years old. She's not scratching much but is losing clumps of hair on both sides of her body. I can see dry skin coming off with the clumps. I've bathed her with oatmeal shampoo and brush her regularly but so far no good. Can you help?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 08, 2018:

Erin, it is possible that the thinning hair is due to hookworms, but it would be from a generalized run-down condition, and all over the body. If she is losing hair only in one area, a pattern baldness, you should have her examined. (Consider hypothyroidism.) This is NOT an emergency.

If I had to guess even without looking at her I would assume it was normal hair loss. Give it time to see whether the other hair lloss stops with the seasonal change. If you are in the US it should be mild by about late July or August.

Erin S on June 08, 2018:

My dog (~1 year) has thinning hair on her stomach. She's also shedding a lot, but I'm 99% positive that's just due to seasonal changes. She doesn't seem to be itching more than normal, and she is being treated for hookworms. Could the thinning hair be a result of hookworms? Or could her stomach just be shedding faster? She's a lab mix if that helps at all, but from a shelter so we don't know what else is part of that mix.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 03, 2018:

Mike, if your dog is not itching and scratching a hormonal cause is more likely. (Hypothyroid, etc.) It could also be a mild case of demodectic mange, but most of them become infected later and tend to itch.

This problem cannot be diagnosed without an exam to determine the type of hair loss/skin changes. You need to make an appointment with your regular vet.

Mike l. on June 02, 2018:

My puppy is almost a year old. She has started to lose fur over a month ago at first it wasn't noticable just two small spots on the top of her head by her ears then she started to lose more fur by her tail. I don't see any fleas and she itches sometimes but not often at all. I would say maybe she scratches two times out of the week. I have two other dogs and nothing is wrong with them no itching no scratching no fur loss. Do you know what could possibly be causing this?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 15, 2018:

Peggy, if your dog has been diagnoses as hypothyroid and is still losing hair then the dose may be incorrect. If it is very low the clinical symptoms will continue. No, there is no shampoo that will take care of your problem.

Peggy Prater on April 14, 2018:

My dog has thyroid issues and is on meds, but is losing his hair, is there a shampoo that will help stop the hair loss?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 14, 2018:

Brenda, if your Yorkie is having those problems with the meds prescribed for her allergies you should look into some natural therapies. The first thing you shold start giving her is raw organic honey. It has to be locally produced so that the pollens are local, the ones she is having problems with. For a Yorkie try about a teaspoon twice a day. Check out this article if you need more info: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/natural-dog-health-all...

brenda boggs on March 14, 2018:

I have a 6 year old yorkie. She looses hair down her back. I have been to the vet and they put her on allergy meds which made her sck throwing up and assume diarrhea. I decided to take her off of of all meds including flea meds and it all cleared up and all her hair came back. Now it has started again

We are having terrible problem here in Florida with pollen. One of the worst in years and I'm convinced that is what it ism she does not itch. She seems fine except for biting at her feet. I just font what to do. I've changed her to a good food I use cider vinager on her skin and use medicated shampoo

What am I doing wrong

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 13, 2018:

Jidhu, have they done any diagnostics (testing) to find out Jimmy´s problem? The Flematic is just a moisturizing spray and I am not sure if he dispensed ivermectin for internal parasites or was thinking about mange. If it is mange, one dose will not be enough. How about flea allegies? Do you find any signs at all (like flea dirt)? What kind of dog is he?

Jidhu on March 13, 2018:

Hi dr . My pet Jimmy 5 years old. He is itching and pulling out his hair and some hairs are falling themselves.he has hair loss near his tail and sometimes he licks his anal area. Here doctors have prescribed Flematic ws spray and ivermectin 10mg tablets. I have given him but still its has not reduced.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 04, 2018:

jo, how do you know she does not have mange mites? Has she been examined/had her skin scraped? If that was negative, the next most likely causes are folliculitis or hypothyroidism.

jo on February 04, 2018:

my staffy is 5 years old and has just started to loose her fur on her back only she does not have fleas or mites and does not itch however her back is always hot and sweaty

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 04, 2018:

Hi Smitty are they inhalant allergies?If so, there is not a whole lot you can do. Some vets will try allergy shots instead of long term steroid use. The shots are supposed to make the dog´s immune system react differently. Allergy shots might help or might be useless.

There are also holistic alternatives. You need to find a holistic vet in your area who treats allergies. The vet would take her off steroids and might try something like native raw honey.

The only other alternative is to move to a region where the dog does not come into contact with all of the allergens. If they are things in the house, though, like dust mites, this is not a good option.

I hope you find help for her and get her off those steroids.

Smitty on February 03, 2018:

Good day. We have a female boxer of 4 years. She is losing hair and has itching. She has confirmed 18 different allergies. Currently she is on a steroid for the itching. The problem is this has been going on for a year or so and I would like to find an answer for my little girl. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 15, 2018:

Linda, it is impossible to diagnose Jack´s skin problem over the internet. Since he is itching, and you are sure it is not fleas, you need to rule out allergies, mange, and several other conditions. Can you take him to your local vet for an exam?

linda on January 15, 2018:

Jack has patches of hair loose on his back and is constantly rolling and scratching no fleas and have bathed him he is 12 can you help he is only feed on dried food

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 06, 2018:

Michelle, I have an article at

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Can-I-Control-Fleas-wi...

or just search on google and you will find lots of others.

michele on January 06, 2018:

can i please have some recommendations for natural remedies to get rid of fleas

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 24, 2017:

Surbhi, does the Pom itch and scratch? Is there a pattern to the hair loss? Does the skin look like it did before or has it changed too? there are no easy answers, and you really need to have her skin checked by your regular vet, and he may need to do a scraping, a thyroid check, etc.

Surbhi on December 24, 2017:

Hi..i have a female pomeranian dog and she is 2 years old. She is falling hairs from all over her body all the time since last 4-6 months....can you please suggest me what may be the problem