Last Modified on Apr 21, 2014
Fur loss or hair loss in pets can be an indication of parasites or of any number of other general health conditions in your dog, cat, or other pet. Beyond impairing your pet's appearance, it can also indicate nutritional deficiencies or overall immune deficiencies that can lead to more serious health problems, so fur loss should be taken seriously.
Natural Pet Cures: The first place to look for the cause of your pet's hair loss or fur loss is with regards to any change in its diet or environment. New food may improve a fur loss condition. Addition of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to food or water may help, as may a diluted ACV spray for its coat.
If your animal is losing fur, the most common cause I have seen is one of two things:
1. Diet - make sure your pet is on a good brand of pet food or a raw food diet. A "Good" brand includes something that has NO corn, wheat, soy, or animal by-products. To go a step further without going raw, try a good grain-free diet.
2. Thyroid problems - have a blood panel done to see if your pet's thyroid is functioning properly. I have seen many bald dogs that are all suffering from an under-active Thyroid. After determining if this is the problem, refer to remedies for Thyroid.
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Billings, Mt, Usa
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Elkhorn, Ne, USA
I have a Brittany Spaniel dog who is two and a half years old. For a year he has been getting the same allergy i.e. loses his fur around the corner of his eyes and itches. The vet has prescribed steroids several time. The allergy goes but comes back 3 weeks after the treatment is stopped. I hate giving all these pills to my dog. Currently I am giving my dog Science Plan food.
I'm desperate to find a remedy which is natural and healthy without involving any medicine and pills and whatsoever.
I have a cat that is pulling her hair out. My vet says it's because she's an older cat and does this instead of cleaning herself. I find it hard to believe as she runs around the house like a kitten. Does anyone have an idea what could be causeing this? Thank you for reading.
My four year old yorkie lost all his hair in the back and legs, only has hair on his head and ears. Have seen two specialist vets: dermatologist, and internist and three other regular vets. Prescribed expensive shampoos, including one with lyme. My dog is so skinny its only the bones covered with a very dry black skin with scabs. Diagnosis ringworm ( never had ringworm symptoms ; ie reddish skin round scab - no never, his skin just got black, lost some of his nails, but all these vets insist it is ringworm. Have been given antibiotics also. Very expensive powder for immune system. I have sprayed him with the apple cider vinegar, used aloe plants and coconut oil and one of my creams of ketoconazole. I am desperate, because he also doesn't like to eat. I would like to try the betadine, lamisil and tea tree oil. Where else can I go? I have spent lots of money in five vets, and my dog is worse. please help if you know a similar case.
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Hope, Bc, Canada