Why is my dog missing a patch of hair?

Table of contents:

  1. Why is my dog missing a patch of hair?
  2. How did my dog get folliculitis?
  3. How do you treat bacterial folliculitis in dogs?
  4. What happens if folliculitis goes untreated?
  5. Why does my dog have dry patches of skin?
  6. What can I put on my dog for hot spots?

Why is my dog missing a patch of hair?

Bald Spots in Dogs: Common Causes and Treatments. Allergies are a frequent trigger for hair loss in dogs. Like people, dogs can have an allergic reaction to foods, environmental triggers such as pollen, or to parasites like fleas or mites. Flea bites are behind most dog allergies, however.

How did my dog get folliculitis?

What causes folliculitis in dogs? Folliculitis in dogs is most commonly caused by bacteria, but other culprits include parasitism, fungal infections, systemic disease, immune system disorders, endocrine issues, and local trauma.

How do you treat bacterial folliculitis in dogs?

Treatment for Folliculitis in Dogs Your vet may recommend regular baths with a medicated shampoo. Sprays, creams, or ointments containing steroids, antibiotics, or antifungal agents are often necessary as well. Bacterial folliculitis is usually treated with oral antibiotics.

What happens if folliculitis goes untreated?

If folliculitis goes untreated it may result in serious or deep infections that may spread or cause permanent scarring, cellulitis, or even enter the bloodstream and become life-threatening. Each hair on your body grows out of a pocket in your skin called a follicle.

Why does my dog have dry patches of skin?

Food allergies, and environmental allergies and seasonal allergies, such as pollen, dust, feathers, grass, animal dander, grain, and flea saliva can cause a host of symptoms in dogs that often include dry skin.

What can I put on my dog for hot spots?

Treatment of hot spots typically involves some combination of the following:

  • Clipping the hair around the area to prevent matting.
  • Cleaning the affected area with gentle antiseptic solutions such as chlorhexidine.
  • Prescribing topical or oral antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections.