There are a number of reasons why your hair will lose its hair and more alarmingly, why it will not grow back.
Sometimes when you get your dog’s haircut, their growth cycle does is not for another few months and the hair will grow very slowly or patchy. When dog’s get older they can also suffer from alopecia the same as humans get when they age. People mistakenly sometimes blame their dog groomer for their dog’s hair not growing back when in fact, the groomer does not make the hair grow back, they just cut the hair that is already there.
Above reasons are not to be worried about, however, it is advisable to go and visit the vet to rule out a more serious disease called Cushing’s Disease.
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What is Cushing’s Disease?
Cushing’s Disease is a condition mainly found in older dogs. It is an endocrine disease. It affects one of the hormonal glands. hormonal glands are needed to help the body regulate its chemicals. With Cushing’s, the hormone affected is cortisol. A dog suffering from Cushings Disease produces too much cortisol. It is quite an uncommon disease and the conditions are very often mistaken for the aging process that happens in older dogs. The good news is that though it is not curable, it is treatable and it is possible to have a result that will leave your dog happier and will help extend their life.
SYMPTOMS of the disease
- Drinking a lot more water
- going to the toilet a lot more
- toilet accidents in the house
- excessive appetite
- pot-belly appearance
- excessive panting
- general weakness
- slow regrowth of hair after clipping
- unhealthy coat (dry, dull,)
- regular skin and urinary infections
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The management of the disease will reduce the risk of your dog developing other related conditions such as diabetes, inflammation of the pancreas and blood clots in the lungs.
Within two weeks you should see an improvement of the lethargy and excessive eating and drinking. Within three to six months of starting medication, you will see a dramatic improvement in your dog’s hair loss, skin, and potbelly appearance.
What is the prognosis for dogs with Cushing’s Disease?
You will have to realize that you cannot stop the treatment for your dog, he or she will have to take the medication that your vet prescribe for the rest of their lives. However, the good news is that within three to six months of starting the treatment, symptoms will resolve and your dog will be a lot more comfortable and happier with a much better quality of life.
It is important then to remember: it is a disease that is managed, not cured. It will require an ongoing commitment from your side.
Left untreated, your dog will progress to becoming iller. An excess of cortisol, the hormone produced in overload in a dog with Cushing’s Disease, suppresses the immune system leaving your dog open to any infection on the go. They will also develop diabetes, seizures, problems with their pancreas, and eventually heart failure.