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Part or our physical reaction to stress means our bodies go into a sort of primitive ‘survival mode’ – several hormones including cortisol and adrenalin are released which cause our blood pressure and heart rate to rise, our digestive activity to be suspended and blood to be diverted to our muscles and skin. Our body is preparing us for fight or flight!

Cats can also have contact allergies. These are reactions caused by the cat physically touching an allergen and having a reaction to it. Household cleaners, plants, and the dusts of some materials are commonly the problem. Some cats can also be allergic to fibers such as wool, cotton, and various different synthetic fibers however.

Besides really annoying your dog, fleas can also cause an allergic reaction called flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) which leads to hair loss, skin inflammation and irritation. For severe cases, your pet can experience anemia due to blood loss. This can be fatal if your pet is young or debilitated. Also, fleas are carriers of common tapeworms, which can cause cramping and gas.

Sarcoptic mange mites affect dogs of all ages, during any time of the year. Sarcoptic mange mites are highly contagious to other dogs and may be passed by close contact with infested animals. These mites burrow through the top layer of the dog’s skin and cause intense itching. Signs of Sarcoptic mange mites include generalized hair loss, skin rash and crusting. See your veterinarian for medication to kill the Sarcoptic manage mites.

A regular massage to the hair roots encourages hair growth. In aromatherapy, special essential oils like rosemary and lavender are used, which not only prevent hair loss but also make the hair shiny and strong. Herbs like nettle root and saw palmetto are also said to prevent hair loss. You can remove the extract of these herbs at home, or bring ready-made nettle root and saw palmetto extracts. These are herbal remedies and hence have no side-effects.