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Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats


Natura Petz supplements for hair loss in dogs and cats

Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats / Alopecia

Plant and marine nutrition to help address symptoms that cause alopecia, to help limit hair loss and to help restore hair growth and healthy coats in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin. coat, eyes, teeth and bones are related to  balanced immunity, which in turn, also impacts organs and tissue throughout the animal body. Plant botanicals and marine extracts can help delivery nutrition as well as naturally provide antibiotics, proteins, enzymes vitamins and trace minerals that nourish the skin, and help it to repair and rebuild when exposed to toxins, wounds, scars, burns, and infection related to bacteria, fungus, microorganisms and viruses. .

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a condition related to excessive hair loss in dogs and cats. Seasonal hair loss is normal, but if your pet’s hair is thinning so much that the skin becomes visible, your pet may be suffering from alopecia. Alopecia is a complicated issue and triggered by many causes.

Hair loss can be partial (or localized and restricted to an area of the body) or complete and generalized (many areas of the body) Hair loss is caused by a variety of skin problems, all of which can make an animal itch, and the incessant scratching, chewing, and licking can lead to hair loss. Alopecia is a serious problem for your pet because its skin, coat, and hair protect it from the weather, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winder. When a skin imbalance occurs, your pet is vulnerable in areas where alopecia follows.

Hair loss is commonly linked to:

Ringworm

Hot spots

Malnutrition

Demodectic mange

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

Alopecia caused by poor nutrition or malnutrition tends to be generalized, affecting the whole body of the dog or cat. New coat and skin health requires a lot of nutrients and protein to grow and replace old, dead hair. A lack of required nutrients can result in brittle and weak hair, as well as scanty hair 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.

There are also some more breed-specific skin problems that can cause hair loss, for example:

Nasal Solar Dermatitis: Commonly known as “collie nose”, this hair loss problem affects dogs with lightly pigmented noses. Dogs with this problem suffer hair loss at the junction of the nose and the muzzle.

Color Mutant Alopecia: Also known as the “blue Doberman syndrome,” this is a hereditary skin disease that occurs in fawn and blue-coated Doberman Pinschers, although some other breeds (e.g. blue Great Danes, Chow Chows, Whippets, etc.) may also have this problem. Dogs with color mutant alopecia 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. Breeds that are susceptible to this problem are the arctic or northern breeds, such as the Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.

Sebaceous Adenitis: This is an inherited skin problem that affects Standard Poodles quite frequently, although other breeds (e.g. Samoyeds, Akitas) can also develop sebaceous adenitis. Dogs suffering from this disease will have symmetrical hair loss on the muzzle, top of the head, ear flaps, and the top of the neck, trunk and tail.

Alopecia and Hormonal Problems

Alopecia caused by hormonal imbalances tends to be generalized, affecting the whole body of the dog. This type of alopecia usually occurs in middle-aged to older dogs.

Dog hair loss may also be caused by hormonal problems, such as:

hypothyroidism;

diabetes;

Cushing’s disease;

other hormonal diseases, such as imbalances in circulating amounts of sex hormones.

Alopecia and Emotional Problems

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

Besides all the hair you find in your home, you will notice that your pet's coat is thinning where you can see skin. 

For localized hair loss,  you may see bald patches on your pet's skin and it can accompany a change in skin pigmentation.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal and marine remedies are used to help provide nutritional support to improve and repair skin and coat conditions, to encourage skin, coat and hair regrowth, to help strengthen hair follicles and to help create healthy skin and coat conditions to encourage hair growth; to help cleanse and detoxify the blood of toxins, to help hair loss and to reduce stress and to help reduce relax dogs and cats who suffer from stress related hair loss in dogs and cats.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps repair cellular dysfunction related to the liver; helps facilitate renal and digestive excretions,; helps provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food; helps relieve symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

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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