Q. My pet is losing hair I have taken him to vet to be seen. Prescribed antibiotics and antihistamine one month later still losing hair what should I do?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. I recommend you get an in depth skin examination or referral to a dermatologist if he is not responding to treatment. Skin infections from bacteria or yeast can be treated with medicated shampoos and parasites such as mites require specific treatments depending on type and location of problem. Allergies and adverse food reactions can also cause prolonged itching in apparently 'healthy' skin; a hydrolyzed diet trial for 8 weeks (no treats, flavored tablets etc only water and specific diet) will investigate the impact of food triggers in his itching. Some severe allergies require long term medical management prescribed by your vet in order to manage the itch-scratch cycle and prevent trauma to the skin