A well-bred Yorkshire terrier known more commonly as the Yorkie is generally a very healthy dog in a small package. However, the Yorkie can be susceptible to some health conditions such as allergies, skin problems, respiratory distress, congenital shunts, hot spots, eczema and more. As a result, many of these health issues cause a loss of hair in your Yorkie. Contact your local Rockford area Petsmart or Petco for advice and direction on how to help your Yorkie. For severe cases you may need to contact your Rockford area veterinarian.
The most common cause of hair loss on your Yorkie is due to food allergies, according to teacupyorkiedogs.com. If you have changed foods recently, it would be wise to assume your dog is allergic to ingredients in the food. It will be necessary, through trial and error, with the help of your veterinarian, to find the foods that are causing the allergic reactions and hair loss. It is best to choose natural foods with minimal ingredients and no additives or by-products.
Eczema is a dermatitis skin disorder that affects Yorkie’s which appears to look like mange or heartworm, is not a parasitic disorder, and is not contagious or infectious. If left untreated, your Yorkie will lose hair. Eczema favors the base of the tail, shoulder area and neck, though no part of the body is exempt. There are two types, one is the acute moist condition called the weeping eczema, and the most common is the chronic dry condition. Characteristics of eczema can be reddening of the skin, inflammation and skin eruptions, intense itching, scabs and hair loss.
Certain shampoos, soaps, other body products and flea powders can cause allergic reactions to your Yorkie, resulting in loss of hair. Many dogs are also allergic to sprays, disinfectants, paints and chemicals. If you have a dog that is sensitive to various grooming products, it will be necessary to use hypo-allergenic products with no perfumes.
Mites, fleas and mange will probably trigger hair loss in your dog. When your dog is infested with any parasite, it causes great discomfort. Your Yorkie will lick and scratch excessively, trying to find relief, all the while creating bald spots and open sores on the body. Brushing your dog regularly is extremely important in order to be aware of the onset of any parasites before they can do any harm to your dog.
Teacupyorkiedogs.com document that the most common cause of hair loss in Yorkie’s is their allergic reactions to foods, environment and grooming products. If allergies are a constant or seasonal problem for your particular Yorkie, your veterinarian may prescribe allergy pills or shots for your dogs comfort. Antibacterial creams and antihistamine ointments may be necessary to treat any sores or hot spots on the skin. You must be cautious as to the products you use on that delicate little pup of yours. As the condition clears up, the hair will grow back.
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