Is there a bald spot on your pet's head? Take it seriously.
Alopecia affects cats and dogs in the same way as it affects humans, resulting in full fur loss. It's reversible in some circumstances. So don't dismiss it.
Buzo, a one-year-old boxer, was fully bald when I first met him. On his body, not a single strand of hair could be seen. He was itchy and uncomfortable because his skin had turned grey and stiffened. His parents were heartbroken because their pet had gone fully bald at such a young age. Buzo had been gradually losing his fur for a few months before his folks brought him to me.
Alopecia was the condition that Buzo was suffering from. The term may ring a bell because actor Will Smith's wife, Jada Smith, suffers from alopecia, which generated quite a fuss at this year's Academy Awards. Alopecia is not a condition that only affects humans; it also affects pets. The illness affects both dogs and cats, and it can strike at any age and in any breed.
Infections, autoimmune disorders, hormone imbalances, allergies, and parasitic infestations are all possible causes of alopecia in your pet. The loss of a cat's beautiful fur can be quite upsetting for both the pet and the pet parent.
By evaluating a small sample of Buzo's skin, we were able to determine that he had mange. Mange is a parasitic infection caused by parasitic mites that are tiny. These tiny insects burrow into your pet's epidermis and wreak havoc on his or her hair follicles. Fur begins to come out, and the pet eventually develops full-blown alopecia. We saw small tufts of fur growing on Buzo's skin after he was administered an oral medication. Buzo was entirely transformed into a new dog with a shiny brown coat within a month.
When germs, such as mites, enter the skin, they proliferate beneath the surface and destroy the hair follicles. Fungi-caused infections have the same impact. It produces patches of alopecia, as well as itching and crusty skin. Alopecia induced by yeast infection is accompanied by an unpleasant odor on the skin, making both the pet and the pet parent uncomfortable. Yeast infections are extremely common in German Shepherds.
Barney, a five-year-old fat Labrador Retriever, and I recently met. He was virtually completely bare of fur on his tail and back. A hormonal imbalance was the reason of his baldness. Barney suffers from hypothyroidism, an endocrine condition marked by a reduction in thyroid hormone production. Alopecia is caused by a number of endocrine problems. As a result, it isn't always a problem that is simply apparent on the surface.
Are you stressed out?
Akira's baldness was a little unusual. Her parents had recently adopted a younger cat, and they began seeing the three-year-old feline shedding fur on its back and sides. They worried if she had contracted an infection from the younger cat, who seemed to be in good health. Cats, on the other hand, can be picky. When they are anxious, they have a tendency to over-groom. Akira had been doing exactly that; she was suffering from psychogenic baldness. Since the advent of the younger cat in her realm, she had been grooming herself excessively to relieve the stress. Cats are prone to this type of behavior.
We had to administer anxiolytics like imipramine to assist her cope with the newcomer. The two cats were gradually introduced, and after a few months, Akira stopped grooming herself and her alopecia was reversed.
Tick and flea bite allergies, as well as allergies to certain foods, are other causes of alopecia in pets. One of the most prevalent allergies I've seen is an allergy to chicken meat.
Infections and parasites, for example, can induce alopecia. When it's caused by hormone imbalances, allergies, or stress, however, it may take a longer time of therapy before you see any results. In summary, your pet's alopecia can be distressing. As soon as you see a bald area on your pet, you should take them to the veterinarian.