Hair loss during flea infestation
Flea infestation is a common problem in domesticated pets, such as dogs and cats. Flea infestation can be serious and lead to severe symptoms, including hair loss. Hair loss in dogs—also called alopecia is a common effect of allergic reaction to flea and mites. Any dog breeds at any age can be susceptible to flea infestation and thus, alopecia. This affects not only the dog’s skin, but also its endocrine, lymphatic, and immune system. Hence, acute mite infestation can possibly be life-threatening for dogs. Despite this, flea infestation is curable and treatable. Immediate treatments are recommended, as this will help get rid of fleas, as well as its nymphs and eggs.
During flea infestation, dogs are suffering from itching and discomfort. This infestation affects the skin and the tissues underneath. As a result, inflammation occurs, in which dog’s endocrine and immune systems are affected. Disruption of these systems lead to disruption in the growth of hair follicles. Inflamed hair follicle will cause hair thinning that eventually leads to hair loss. In more severe mite infestation, there can be more than one areas of the skin affected by the inflammation and hair loss. Hence, bald patches or Christmas tree-formed patches on skin are visible.
Will the hair grow back?
Mite or mange infestation can be very severe that it causes serious hair loss in dogs. In addition to this hair loss, some hot spots—the area where the itching and pain is the most serious—may also be visible. Dogs may also develop crusty area on the affected skin area, which heals slowly. Some mite infestation and its effects are severe that some dog owners think their dog’s hair is not going to grow back.
In most cases, hair loss in dogs is going to improve as soon as the causal factor, such as the mites, scabies, or mange is properly treated. When mites are not entirely eliminated, it is possible that re-infestation occurs, causing other bald patches. On the other hand, when fleas are gone, there is always a chance for these bald patches to improve. As long as the allergies are under control, your pet’s hair should grow back within weeks or months. As to hair that grow after certain infestation, infection, or allergies, color differentiation may occur. Commonly, “new” hair tend to be darker. However, this should not raise any concerns.
Why my dog’s hair does not grow back?
Despite the severity of mite infestations in dogs, hair loss condition should improve after healing. If your dog’s hair does not grow back after the wound heals and the fleas are believed to be gone, it is possible that your dog is still undergoing uncontrolled problems related to skin infections. These problems might not let the endocrine and immune system work properly to improve damaged hair loss. As a result, the hair grows back very slowly or does not grow back at all.
If you meet this condition, it is essential to scrutinize the underlying causes of the allergies, so that proper treatments can be performed. These allergic reactions may not only come from mite or scab infestation, but also from unbalanced diet your dog is given. Improving their diet will surely help improving the skin conditions and trigger hair growth.