Akita - hair/fur loss

Akita - hair/fur loss

Tony
Tony

May 8th, 2010, 1:18 pm #1

I have a 11 year old male akita. It started to experience hairloss (fur). This is NOT the typical semi-annual shedding of the undercoat. The skin would start to flake and the fur would just fall off leaving a bald dry skin. I continue to give the dog regular baths with moisturizer to in hopes of addressing the dry skin issue. The vet has rulled-out mange and started to treat it as an allergy. I'm concerned, it's been a year now and no sign of progress. Has anyone experienced this with their pet? Is this common to older Akitas? Any suggested remedy?
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May 10th, 2010, 6:03 pm #2

LOW thyroid will often cause hair loss.
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May 11th, 2010, 12:12 am #3

I have a 11 year old male akita. It started to experience hairloss (fur). This is NOT the typical semi-annual shedding of the undercoat. The skin would start to flake and the fur would just fall off leaving a bald dry skin. I continue to give the dog regular baths with moisturizer to in hopes of addressing the dry skin issue. The vet has rulled-out mange and started to treat it as an allergy. I'm concerned, it's been a year now and no sign of progress. Has anyone experienced this with their pet? Is this common to older Akitas? Any suggested remedy?
does he have any sores or just the hair loss and flaking skin? It could be allergies but the skin is usually very irritated if its allergies so I like Candi said low thyroid is also possible.
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Kathy
Kathy

May 17th, 2010, 8:31 pm #4

I have a 11 year old male akita. It started to experience hairloss (fur). This is NOT the typical semi-annual shedding of the undercoat. The skin would start to flake and the fur would just fall off leaving a bald dry skin. I continue to give the dog regular baths with moisturizer to in hopes of addressing the dry skin issue. The vet has rulled-out mange and started to treat it as an allergy. I'm concerned, it's been a year now and no sign of progress. Has anyone experienced this with their pet? Is this common to older Akitas? Any suggested remedy?
I have had two Akitas now with thyroid problems and both akitas experienced hair loss. My last akita lost all the hair on her tail and my current female who recently got diagnosed with Hyperthyroid had no issues with hair loss actually till we put her on the thyroid medication and now she is losing the hair on her tail as well.

I would surely get the thyroid tested but it can be an old age thing as well. I would cut back on the baths though because bathing actually contributes to dry skin problems even if your using a moisturizing shampoo.

Big hugs to your keeter:)

Kathy
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Tony
Tony

May 17th, 2010, 11:36 pm #5

I have a 11 year old male akita. It started to experience hairloss (fur). This is NOT the typical semi-annual shedding of the undercoat. The skin would start to flake and the fur would just fall off leaving a bald dry skin. I continue to give the dog regular baths with moisturizer to in hopes of addressing the dry skin issue. The vet has rulled-out mange and started to treat it as an allergy. I'm concerned, it's been a year now and no sign of progress. Has anyone experienced this with their pet? Is this common to older Akitas? Any suggested remedy?
Thanks everyone for your response. The vet performed thyroid tests and still waiting for the results. I was also forewarned that the dog is old it will limit the effectiveness of thyroid therapy.
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Jullie
Jullie

March 29th, 2012, 8:34 pm #6

does he have any sores or just the hair loss and flaking skin? It could be allergies but the skin is usually very irritated if its allergies so I like Candi said low thyroid is also possible.
She has red flaky scabs on her back. Her legs and around her but look like dried leather.
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