Dog Lost Hair After Chemo Treatment?

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Certain forms of chemotherapy will cause the patient, whether human or canine, to lose their hair. Once the treatment is complete the pet's hair will grow back in time. This is a page about what to do if your dog lost its hair after chemo treatment.


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March 2, 2017

My toy Poodle recently underwent one treatment of chemo, but then immediately after that she got parvo. She is cured now from parvo, but has gone almost completely bald. Is there a treatment to help her get her hair back?

Some people have suggested folic acid, or Scott emulsions, but I don't know what can work. It has been 15 days since chemo and she is almost completely bald.


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March 6, 20170 found this helpful
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Your dog's hair will grow back. Since dogs shed at regular intervals, you probably just need to wait until the summer coat starts coming in. When we have had to shave our dog, it takes a full year before she is back to normal. I'm sure you will start seeing some growth as we get warmer weather.


You might consider getting your dog a coat or sweater to keep warm. When my chow chow Honey had very bad mats, we had to shave her entirely at the coldest time of the year. We picked up a bargain vest jacket (in pink) at the pet store. She loved wearing it!

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

According to this website: "For all pets, the hair that is lost due to chemotherapy will grow back after the course of chemotherapy has been completed or once treatments are given less frequently. Sometimes hair may grow back a slightly different color."


I would not give the dog any other treatment without the approval of the vet.

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

is she cancer-free now? if she's going to get more chemo look into forms that won't cause the hair-loss in the first place. if she is done let her heal before you worry about it, the stress is bad for both of you and we all know stress causes hair-loss

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

it will come back, but may take several months.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

Seems like you have had your share of worries with a "baby" you undoubtedly care about so try not to look for more and just love her more and tell her how pretty she is and just wait for her hair to grow back.


Please follow your vet's advice and also ask questions - such as when will her hair grow back - not if - when.
I agree with Jess that she may need to wear a coat/sweater - even in the house as this is a complete change for her.
Again - dogs respond to compliments just like people - keep telling her how pretty she. From someone who has been there/done that and as is sometimes said - this too shall pass.

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