A. I strongly recommend a full health check and skin examination to investigate exactly what is going on here as even with flea and tick infestations, hair should not fall out that easily and there may be other infections or mange underlying this and he may also need fatty acid and a vitamin/mineral tonic in order to improve his skin barrier. There are a number of effective flea/tick products available, depending on his age and weight and your vets office can advise on the most appropriate; I would recommend an oral product if he is old enough as this will not be affected by any topical shampoos of lotions which may need to be applied. You will also need to treat all bedding and any areas of the house where he has been with a household flea product in order to kill any eggs or larvae which may be present in the environment at the same time you treat him in order to break the flea life cycle
DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.
Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.
User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.
petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.
Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.
Your account has been reactivated.