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Is my Dog Pulling Out Hair, or is it Simply Falling Out?

I have a 2 year old Golden, Amber. She is in the house all day except for walks. At night she sleeps in her kennel....

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  May 8th 2010


I have a 2 year old Golden, Amber. She is in the house all day except for walks. At night she sleeps in her kennel. Both of her hind legs are losing coat. We never see her biting her legs so she must be doing it in her kennel at night. We see no loose hair in the kennel so she must be swallowing it.

She is on Advantage heart worm meds and we see no fleas. I see some hair in her stool.

Can you advise what she is lacking or the cause of this problem? She didn’t do this as a puppy. She started it about when she was a year old. Any advise would be welcome.

Thank you,

Jerry
Blanco, Tx-USA

People whose pets have bald areas often assume that the pet is pulling or chewing out the hair. But as almost every middle-aged man on earth can attest, one needn’t pull out one’s hair in order to lose it.

Jerry, based on your description (no itching, no hair in the crate, absence of massive quantities of hair in the stool), it sounds likely that Amber is not pulling out her hair. That means it is falling out more rapidly than it grows.

There are many things that cause dogs to lose hair. Common causes of baldness include allergies, autoimmune problems, parasites, and glandular disorders. As always when you have a question, I recommend that you take a look at my web site. Click below for a link that discusses hair loss in pets.

http://www.drbarchas.com/alopecia

I recommend that you take Amber to the vet. That is the best (and probably the only) way to get to the bottom of this problem.