Pet First Aid Instructor Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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Hair Loss and Skin Conditions

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Understanding Skin Conditions and Hair Loss in Pets

Overview of Skin Conditions

Skin conditions are prevalent among pets and can manifest in various ways:

  • Commonality: Skin issues are frequently encountered by general practitioner vets.
  • Diverse Causes: Skin conditions may vary in itchiness and lead to hair loss.

Major Causes of Hair Loss

Several factors contribute to hair loss in pets, including:

  • Allergies: Allergic reactions often result in self-excoriation, leading to hair loss and redness.
  • Parasitic Infestations: Itchy parasites can prompt scratching and chewing, causing hair loss.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: Conditions like Cushing's disease and hypothyroidism may lead to hair loss without itchiness.
  • Seasonal Flank Alopecia: This unexplained phenomenon primarily affects female dogs, resulting in cyclic hair loss along the flanks.
  • Skin Infections: Infections can impair skin health, leading to hair loss, often accompanied by itchiness.