Alopecia in Cats

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Alopecia in cats is a very technical term that is used to describe the phenomenon of baldness. Find out about alopecia in cats with help from a veterinarian with over 25 years of experience in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Kristen Nelson. I've been a veterinarian for 25 years. I've also written a book called "Coated with Fur: A Vet's Life." Today, we're at Alta Vista Veterinary Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and I'm here to discuss alopecia in cats and that's just a fancy term for baldness. Scooby has alopecia on his head. If you've noticed between his ear and his eye, there's a bald area where there is no fur whatsoever. Now, thank goodness for Scooby, it's normal. It's very common in older, more mature male cats to have a little baldness but sometimes, it can be abnormal ,and to diagnose this condition, I take hairs from the cat and I look to see if they've been broken off or if they just fell out. If they've broken off, it leaves me to diagnose it to usually parasites or bacterial infection or a fungus. If they're just falling out, especially in an older cat, I worry about cancer. So, if your cat is having areas of baldness. If it's on its face or between his ear or his eye, it's probably normal but anywhere else, I recommend bringing them in for a veterinarian examination. That's alopecia in cats. I'm Dr. Kristen Nelson for more information on myself or my book, please check out my bio.


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