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Noticing hair loss on your cat or dog can be distressing, but it’s important to know that alopecia is a fairly common problem in cats and dogs, and is very treatable. However, there is often more than one cause of the condition, which can make diagnosis frustrating for owners. In this factsheet we go over everything you need to know about alopecia in cats and dogs, and hope to make the diagnostic process a little easier.
What Causes Alopecia in Cats & Dogs
There are a number of factors and other conditions that can cause or contribute to alopecia developing in cats and dogs, and in most cases, more than one factor will be responsible.
Symptoms of Alopecia in Cats & Dogs
Often, the symptoms of alopecia in cats and dogs depend on underlying causes. Below we have outlined some common symptoms of alopecia in cats and dogs, however it is important to remember that the condition will present differently from case to case.
How We Diagnose Alopecia in Cats & Dogs
Vets must take appropriate steps to identify the cause(s) of alopecia in cats and dogs, and will first take a detailed medical history to check for any obvious factors. Your vet will then perform a physical examination, followed by other diagnostic tests such as:
- Wood’s lamp (to detect Ringworm)
- Fungal culture
- Cytology (including skin scrapings and biopsies)
- Blood, faecal, and urine tests
- Allergy testing
- Food trials
You can learn more about diagnostic tests for pets in our recent blog.