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9 year old mongrel dog losing lots of hair

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9 year old mongrel dog losing lots of hair
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 years ago.

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

Dr. Altman :

So sorry to hear Zack is losing so much hair!

Dr. Altman :

There can be many causes for this condition in a dog his age

Dr. Altman :

Primarily ruling out an endocrine issue such as hypothyroidism or low thyroid would be advised

Dr. Altman :

This is a blood test by your veterinarian

Dr. Altman :

Other causes include: stress, diet (either is not well rounded or a low quality), other metabolic causes such as liver, kidney, or gi issues

Dr. Altman :

You can definitely try supplementing with a fish oil supplement that needs to have 750 mg EPA & DHA daily but this will take 2-4 weeks to see a significant improvement

Dr. Altman :

A high quality organic diet with little or no by-products

Dr. Altman :

But if this continues I would advise a veterinary examination and some basic bloodwork to rule out metabolic or endocrine causes since these are treatable to return his coat to a previously healthy state

Dr. Altman :

Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with today!