If your furry friend has developed bald spots, she is not alone. Many conditions can lead to dog fur loss, often called “alopecia.” Allergies to pests and environmental agents are prime culprits though disease, infections and poor nutrition can result in dog fur loss too.
Wheat, beef, soy and corn are among the ingredients that may cause food allergic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction to environmental agents, commonly dust mites and pollen. Both types can lead to dog fur loss.
Shedding is normal but excessive dog fur loss is not. It may be a sign of a serious condition. You should talk to your veterinarian about excessive dog fur loss when it occurs.
Potential Causes for Dog Fur Loss
Parasites, allergies and even stress may cause dog fur loss. Your dog may have developed a reaction to fleabites, or started compulsively chewing on herself out of anxiety or boredom. If left untreated, a red, swollen, irritated “hot spot” can turn into a hard to treat “lick granuloma.”
Dog fur loss is sometimes associated with an unbalanced diet. In the wild, animals feed on fresh, raw foods. Commercially produced dog foods are highly processed, created by methods that destroy essential fatty acids and phytonutrients. Ask your veterinarian about your pets nutrition when discussing dog fur loss.
The Potential Impact of Nutrition On Dog Fur Loss
Diet may impact dog fur loss. A dog’s body does not produce essential fatty acids. Dogs must get them from the foods they eat. Dietary fats are necessary for growth and support normal functioning of cells throughout the body, including cells that strengthen hair follicles.
A balanced mixture of Omega 3 and Omega 6 has been shown to help maintain a healthy skin and coat in some studies.
A dog suffering from fur loss may be lacking in nutrients that are vital for skin and coat health, but you’ll need to talk to your veterinarian to be sure.