How to Stop Dog Hair Loss

by Angela
(Ridgefield, WA, USA)

Dog Dry Flaking Skin and Hair Loss

Dog Dry Flaking Skin and Hair Loss

Dog Dry Flaking Skin and Hair Loss
Dog Skin Flakes
Dog Hair Dandruff

Reader Question: How to Stop Dog Hair Loss

'Ranger' my 9 yr old, un-neutered, Australian Shep. X has some kind of problem with his skin that has gotten worst over several months now. He gets topical flea treatments monthly. I thoroughly brush him 2 or more times weekly. He eats a quality dry dog food. He's overweight. He itchy all the time. His hair-loss when I brush him is extreme in his crusty, flaking areas. His coat looks greasy, skin has flaking/crusty patches on different parts/areas of his body. I will attach a few photos for you to see.

Please, any advice, help is appreciated.


Angela & 'Ranger'

Suggestion from our Vet: How to Diagnose Dog Hair Loss

Hello Angela,

A number of different problems could be to blame for Ranger’s hair loss, itchiness, and skin lesions. If he were my patient, this is how I would go about figuring out what was wrong.

First I’d perform a physical exam and take a thorough history. Based on your description of his symptoms, I’m a little concerned that a systemic condition like hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease might be playing a role. If that were the case, we’d need some blood work and other diagnostic tests to reach a diagnosis.

I would also look specifically at his skin using tests such as cytology to rule out yeast or bacterial infections, a fungal culture for ringworm, and skin scrapings to look for microscopic parasites. If none of this led to a diagnosis, skin biopsies or allergy testing might be necessary.

As you can see, the work-up for skin problems in dogs is often quite involved. If your veterinarian can’t help you, consider making an appointment with a veterinary dermatologist.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Aug 31, 2017
How to stop dog hair loss NEW
by: Anonymous

My golden retriever suffered this type of skin condition for years. It would come and go but the best thing that helped her the most was brewers yeast in her food every night until it cleared up. I found that it took anywhere from a week to months to go completely. However, before starting your pup on it, I think you would need to take your dog to the vet. I hope this helps :)

Apr 20, 2017
Same thing.. NEW
by: Alyssa

Don't continue going to a vet, take your dog to a dermatologist. I had an appointment with my Sasha after 4 years of taking her to a vet, but sadly had to put her down (cancer formed on her neck) 3 days before the appointment. The last year and 1/2 was the worst. I had so many tests done on her, doing the same thing day in and day out ruling out what it was. The tests all three vets I took her to couldn't figure it out. Its honestly better to take her to the vet once have them do the tests then call and go to a dermatologist. Doing the small tests at the vet will make it to where you go in the dermatologist they can start with the things the vet couldn't test for.

Please contact me if y'all ever find out the result of what your dog has, I just want some peace of mind knowing what she really had. My email is alyssahalla@gmail.com My email is open if you have any questions or results.

Apr 12, 2017
Same here NEW
by: Anonymous

Same dog, same result. My aussie-mix is black, his red/white brother doesn't have this issue. Poor lil guy has been battling this for years. It gets worse with age. He's 16 now. Apoquel worked for a bit. A steroid used to knock it out years ago when we had no other choice. Not much helps now.

Jan 20, 2017
Solution? NEW
by: Emma

Did you ever figure out what's wrong? I have a collie/aussie mix and this describes her to a T. Her coat looks flaky like that, is greasy and starts to stink very quickly. She itches ALL THE TIME.

My vet and I have tried everything under the sun. Tick/flea treatment, medicated shampoos, elimination diet, you name it. There is a drug called Apoquel that really seems to stop the immune response, so she can get some relief.

At the end of the day, I'm really thinking she's just reacted to over-vaccination :/

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