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Traction Alopecia

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Condition Overview

This is hair loss with baldness, either temporary or permanent.

Symptoms

A bald patch where rubber bands, barrettes, or other hair ties were used.

Causes

Hair loss with baldness occurs in dogs who have had barrettes, rubber bands, and other devices used to tie up their hair. When these accessories are applied too tightly for too long a time, traction on the hair effects the hair follicles, causing the roots to stop growing.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by physical exam.

Treatment

The only treatment for a permanent bald spot is to remove it surgically. This would be done only for cosmetic reasons.

Prevention

Alopecia can be prevented by using hair ties loosely and for short periods, or preferably, not using them at all.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you think your pet may have this condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +

Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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