Why does my dog pull his hair out?

asked 2017-04-09 16:22:31 -0600

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answered 2017-04-10 11:33:47 -0600

Dogs will often pull out their own hair when they are uncomfortable or stressed. The hair may simply be too long or matted and it's causing them to be hot. They may have a skin condition or if there have been any recent changes in their environment (new dog, baby, moved, etc.) they may be stressed. If none of these seem to be the problem consult your vet.

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answered 2017-04-10 18:01:25 -0600

The two most likely scenarios I have encountered are that the dog is stressed, either from separation or something going on in his/her life. Maybe a new puppy or construction in the neighborhood or owners taking a new job and being home less. It might be a boredom thing from a dog who is crated too much during the day. In this case, I would make sure that the dog's environment was as comfortable as possible. and watch to see what might be setting the dog off. You could try playing some classical music to mask outside sounds, diffuse lavender oil or dog appeasing pheromones to calm the dog, provide a place where the dog can get away and try to give the dog lots of stimulation, both mental and physical during the day. Second, is the dog itchy for some reason? Perhaps the dog has allergies to something in the environment or food. If this is the case, the vet can check for allergies and can lead you in treatment. Maybe the dog has fleas or mites that are causing the itching. It would be worth a visit to the vet, and I would do that to eliminate health issues first and foremost.

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