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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