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Patchy Hair Loss on Dogs

Why is my dog losing hair? If your dog is losing patches of hair or you’ve noticed your dog has a bald spot, Dr. Marty Greer, Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services, talks about common causes of patchy hair loss on dogs and why a visit to your vet may be needed.

Bald Patches on Dog

Dog Losing Fur

What does it mean if my dog is losing his hair in patches? Mites that live on or in the skin of your dog can lead to patches of hair loss. These can be associated with a secondary bacterial disease or can be caused by allergies. A visit to your dog’s veterinarian for testing for mites, culturing for ringworm, and evaluation for allergies can lead to a diagnosis and specific treatment. You and your pet will be relieved and much more comfortable.

If you have more questions on why your dog has patchy hair loss or need help, call us at 800.786.4751.

Written by: Marty Greer, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.