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Q. Vet says Alopecia but symptoms weird. Terrier hair is falling out (much) her white fluffy hair is being replaced by dark brown like choc. Lab.

A. Alopecia is just a medical term for a symptom (loss of hair), it's not a diagnosis or a disease. There could be many causes for alopecia, the most common being allergies (food, environmental) and skin parasites (mites, fleas). It could also be an hormonal disorder (endocrine disease ex. Cushing, hypothyroidism). The cause for the loss of hair must be investigated in order to try and cure it. First stage is usually skin scraping and good quality monthly flea spot on (Revolution/Advocate). Next to rule out would be allergies and endocrine diseases (might require special food and/or blood tests). Ask your vet about these possibilities.

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

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