Dog losing hair in patches and scabs

Dog losing hair in patches and scabs

Dog losing hair in patches and scabs on his back is not an uncommon thing, even for a Lab. My friend got a patch on his back in the late 1990’s that had hairs coming out of it. It took almost a year to get it all gone. But it eventually did.

There are many different causes for dog losing hair.


Depending on what is causing your Lab to lose hair and how serious the problem is, treatment will be different.

If your dog is losing hair because he is overweight, he needs to get thinner. I cannot stress that enough. My dog got really overweight after I adopted him. I tried very hard to lose his weight because I knew it was affecting him. His hair was falling out like crazy. He was also having very bad skin issues. By the time I got him to a weight where I thought he was too thin, I had lost him to thyroid issues. So I had to put him on thyroid meds for a year and he was very lethargic and I had to housebreak him as he wasn’t walking or playing. He’s a little bit of a lazy boy.

If your dog is losing hair because of stress, find him a dog friendly environment.

If your dog is losing hair due to over-vaccinating and being exposed to vaccines that your vet doesn’t recommend, he needs to get vaccines that are recommended. My Lab now has a booster shot every year.

If your dog is losing hair due to environmental toxins, he needs to be bathed, and to use an enzyme shampoo and conditioner that are specifically designed to remove toxic chemicals from your dog’s coat. This is a great option for my Lab who is sensitive to toxins.

What to do when your Lab starts losing hair

When your dog starts losing hair, he will usually look for a comfortable place to sit down and relax. It is the nature of dogs to want to have a quiet place where they can decompress. That being said, dogs who lose hair because of environmental toxins can have an unpleasant odor.

If your dog is losing his hair, make sure that he has a good place to relax and recuperate. As I said, he will probably seek out a quiet and safe place for his downtime. Give him lots of love and give him lots of treats to help with his recovery.

As I mentioned earlier, if your Lab loses hair and is losing it like crazy, be careful. He may be having problems with his thyroid and it’s best to get him to the vet right away. The best case scenario is that he is having thyroid issues due to the fact that his thyroid is under-active. Thyroid dysfunction can lead to a host of issues. He’ll need to be on thyroid meds and he’ll need to have his hair clipped regularly so that his hair can be monitored for growth. His hair should grow back as soon as possible.

Dogs can have thyroid issues because of environmental toxins. The thyroid is a vital part of your dog’s body and it’s best to get it checked out if your dog starts losing his hair.

How do I know if my dog is losing his hair due to environmental toxins?

The easiest way to know is to check out the label on his shampoo or the ingredients in the shampoo you use. There are a lot of shampoos on the market today and we should all be conscious of what we are putting in our dogs’ fur.

Some ingredients in common shampoos are:






Parabens are a big problem for dogs and people alike. There is a lot of data that is readily available on this compound. The most common parabens are Paraben-1, Paraben-2 and Paraben-3. You can Google “paraben ingredients” and you’ll see a plethora of research articles on parabens. They are linked to breast cancer, birth defects, diabetes, reproductive issues, even skin irritation. If your dog or cat is in the habit of licking himself constantly, you may want to start using shampoos that are paraben free.

Dogs and cats that have an overactive immune system will develop ear infections. In some cases, the dog will be shedding in his ears. In some cases, you may have noticed white crusty ear wax on your dog’s ear. There are natural remedies that you can use that help with this. It will improve your dog’s immune system, stop the shedding in his ears and help with his ear issues.

It’s time to start treating our furry friends like the amazing animals that they are! They deserve to live long, healthy and happy lives.

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