Alopecia in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $55 to $105

What is Alopecia in Dogs?

Alopecia is a lack of hair in areas of the body where hair normally would grow. The common condition can erupt as a primary problem or as a secondary issue resulting from asthma, thyroid abnormalities or other underlying conditions.

The condition is not life-threatening, although dog owners should take care to limit sun exposure and apply sunscreen to the hairless areas to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Canine Alopecia Treatment

Depending on its severity, the condition can often be alleviated or managed through

  • topical applications
  • medication
  • dietary changes

Although alopecia is more unsightly than deadly, underlying illnesses that may be contributing to the disease can be costly to treat.

Pet insurance may cover diagnostic and treatment expenses for Canine Alopecia and many other health problems in dogs. Pet insurance reimburses up to 90% of the cost of veterinary care and you can get a quote in about 2 minutes.

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    Danny 10/29/2016 at 3:00 pm

    Aha! My neighbor walks his dog all the time and I was always wondering why it had those areas with no hair. I thought maybe it was shaved for fleas or something, but it’s probably alopecia now that I’ve read more about it and looked at photos. My neighbor is a pretty good guy, so I’m glad to know that his dog isn’t undergoing something that would be painful.

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