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We have a one year old Pug when he was a pup he was diagnosed

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We have a one year old Pug when he was a pup he was diagnosed with Mites which he has been cured of, but our concern now, is he is shedding like crazy. He is scratching quite a bit and also shakes a lot and his hair just flys from his coat. We know Pugs are prone to
shedding but this seems very extreme any ideas?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 6 years ago.
HI there.

From what you have told me, it appears that your dog is suffering from some type of allergic reaction. This could be due to anything such as dust, pollen, fleas. The constant scratching can cause a secondary pyoderma or skin infection and this will irritate the hair follicles and cause excessive hair loss. The first thing to do is to give your dog Benadryl that can be purchased over the counter at any pharmacy. Give your dog Benadryl at 1 mg per pound of weight given twice a day for 1 week.

If there is no response in a week’s time, you will have to have your vet examine your dog to see if we have missed something such as parasites or other infections. Excessive shedding can be due to stress or a fever as well as scratching. Be sure he is clear of infections or parasites. Mites are unlikely because this at his age will have a specific distribution such as around his eyes and face. This should, however, be ruled out if he has not responded to the Benadryl..

Good Luck!!!

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