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Alopecia in Dogs and Cats

Alopecia / Hair Loss
Pet supplements to help treat alopecia in dogs and cats.

Herbal and marine remedies to address symptoms that cause alopecia, to limit hair loss and to restore hair growth in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body and herbal and marine extracts provide natural antibiotics, proteins, co-enzymes and trace minerals that provide skin support, help to maintain the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, pathogens, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial fungal and viral.

The immune system is a complex army of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

Immunity is the single most important thing you can support in your pet, aside from quality food and water. The immune system is tasked with supporting normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease.  

Alopecia is the technical terms for excessive hair loss in dogs and cats. While seasonal hair loss or shedding is normal, alopecia is a condition in which hair loss is so dramatic, you can see the skin. A variety of reasons may cause alopecia and your pet will likely itch, scratch, chew and lick incessantly. 

Hair loss can be localized and affect a few parts of the body or generalized over many areas of the body. For localized hair loss in dogs, you will see bald patches in your dog’s skin. Some cases of hair loss are accompanied by a change in skin pigmentation.

An animal’s hair protects the skin from the weather, providing warmth in cold months and preventing warm air from reaching the skin in warm months. In cases of alopecia, an animal becomes vulnerable to the elements.

Common causes of alopecia include:

Allergies (atopic dermatitis, fleabite allergies, or food allergies)


Hot spots


Demodectic mange



Cushing’s disease


Hormonal diseases, such as imbalances in circulating proper amounts of sex hormones.

Alopecia caused by poor nutrition tends to be generalized or spread around multiple areas of the body. New coat and skin repair require substantial nutrition and protein to replace old, dead hair. A lack of required nutrients can result in brittle,weak hair with little growth. Poor nutrition can be caused by low-quality foods which contain corn, wheat, soy, preservatives and chemical additives as well as poor absorption of nutrients, or internal parasites such as worms.

Some pets may experience hair loss when they are under stress, or when they have anxiety. Usually a stressed or anxious dog will scratch and lick himself excessively, sometimes to the point of wounding and bleeding.

There are also some more breed-specific skin problems that can cause alopecia. 

Nasal Solar Dermatitis: Also called “collie nose”, this type of hair loss occurs around the nose and muzzle and affects dogs with lightly pigmented noses. 

Color Mutant Alopecia: Also called the “blue Doberman syndrome,” and is a hereditary skin disease affecting fawn and blue-coated Doberman Pinschers. Blue Great Danes, Chow Chows and Whippets can also be affected. In this condition, dogs suffer hair loss over the whole body with pustules appearing in the areas of hair loss.

Zinc-responsive Dermatosis: Caused by a deficiency of zinc, this problem results in hair loss over the face, nose, elbows and hocks. Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are most susceptible.

Sebaceous Adenitis:  Affecting Standard Poodles, Samoyeds and Akitas, this condition will present with symmetrical hair loss on the muzzle, top of the head, ear flaps, top of the neck, trunk and tail.

Helpful suggestions:

Some pets need regular bathing while others may need it only periodically. Check with your vet on which routine is best, and pay attention to how your pet’s coat reacts to washing. Customize your bathing routine to suit your animal.

Comb/brush your pet's coat before bathing to work out tangles and matting. 

Rinse shampoo and conditioners out thoroughly. If you don't, the residue can irritate your pet's skin, and can get trapped in the folds of the skin, causing itching and even infection. 

Use pet formulated shampoos for dogs and cats, since they have differing coat needs.


Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal treatments may help to heal and soothe skin infections, to promote healthy and strong skin, bones, claws, fur and hair follicle health and shiny, glossy coats, to soothe inflamed and irritated skin, to help support healthy cellular and immune response, to help keep levels of dermal fungus in the normal range to maintain skin health, to provide symptomatic relief for itchiness, scratching, redness and burning of the skin, to relieve skin allergies and irritations, plus soothes itchy skin on cats and dogs, to provide first aid antiseptic for cleaning wounds, cuts, bites and bee stings in cats and dogs.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) support the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

Body Bliss – (learn more) is used holistically as a plant based, full spectrum Omega 3; for its anti-inflammatory, auto-immune, antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventive) actions; for its heart and brain healthy effects; as a potential heart and blood vessel disease preventive; for its essential fatty acid content which may help to prevent blood clots (thrombus) and may provide critical neuro support for brain health; to help address myocardial infraction and cerebral apoplexy; for its effects to lubricate mucous membranes found throughout the body; may help address symptoms of Crohn’s disease, disseminated sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize skin; for its nutritional value to help protect and promote bone, eye, teeth, joint, ligaments and connective tissue health while keeping your pet's coat healthy and glowing, from the inside out.

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bites, infections, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial, fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to help support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to help support and tone the lymphatic system, to help balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, including HPA function (Hypothalamic, Pituitary and Adrenal) including T3 and T4 production, to help support and maintain healthy thyroid function, to help soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, to help soothe joints and cartilage, to help address histamine and mast cell response related to allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), and may help stimulate tissue repair and may help provide palliative support for all types of arthritis.

Conventional Remedies:

The most important thing to remember is that hair loss in dogs is an indication that the dog is likely to be suffering from some health problem. It is therefore essential to get your dog to the veterinarian for a check-up to identify the underlying cause, so that appropriate treatment can be given.


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