[ Home  |  FAQ-Related Q&As  |  General Q&As  |  Answered Questions ]

    Search the Q&A Archives

We have a cairn terrier 3 years old who is losing his hair...

<< Back to: rec.pets.dogs: Cairn Terriers Breed-FAQ

Question by Gerry
Submitted on 1/1/2004
Related FAQ: rec.pets.dogs: Cairn Terriers Breed-FAQ
Rating: Rate this question: Vote
We have a cairn terrier 3 years old who is losing his hair very fast. Does itch some but not a whole lot. We bathe him weekly with shampoo that has oatmeal in it plus a conditioner. He was eating alpo canned food plus some dry, we now have him on pedigree for both. I have been giving him Premium Skin and coat Food supplement for about 2 to 3 weeks now and he is still losing his hair.He is beginning to look very straggly. He had a beautiful coat 6 wees ago. Please help..

Answer by ryan
Submitted on 3/2/2004
Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: Vote


Answer by lou
Submitted on 4/21/2004
Rating:  Rate this answer: Vote
Are you trimming his hair?  This can ruin the coat. cairns need to be hand stripped every six to eight months.  This is a process of plucking the old dead hair out that doesn't fall out on its own.  You can get lots of info on how to do it from many websites.


Answer by Westiemom
Submitted on 5/26/2004
Rating:  Rate this answer: Vote
Your dog might have allergies or hypothyroidism, both common in this breed.  My Westie had the same problem, and was easily treated with thyroid supplement, special food for dogs w/allergies, and a 25mg. tablet of Benadryl twice/day.  You need to let your dog's vet evaluate him and make a proper diagnosis.  Your little friend deserves this and no more guessing!


Answer by Cairn Foster Mom
Submitted on 4/6/2006
Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: Vote
This is more than likely allergies.  Cairn's are highly allergic to foods.  They should never get canned food, which is like the equivalent of McDonald's for them.  Cairn's often have wheat and whey allergies, so any treats or people food they get should avoid this if the dog is showing signs of allergies (licking paws, hair loss, etc.).  For the itching use Rescue Remedy (found a GNC), clears it up pretty quickly and wont make the dog sick if they lick it.


Your answer will be published for anyone to see and rate.  Your answer will not be displayed immediately.  If you'd like to get expert points and benefit from positive ratings, please create a new account or login into an existing account below.

Your name or nickname:
If you'd like to create a new account or access your existing account, put in your password here:
Your answer:

FAQS.ORG reserves the right to edit your answer as to improve its clarity.  By submitting your answer you authorize FAQS.ORG to publish your answer on the WWW without any restrictions. You agree to hold harmless and indemnify FAQS.ORG against any claims, costs, or damages resulting from publishing your answer.


FAQS.ORG makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the posts. Each post is the personal opinion of the poster. These posts are not intended to substitute for medical, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. FAQS.ORG does not endorse any opinion or any product or service mentioned mentioned in these posts.


<< Back to: rec.pets.dogs: Cairn Terriers Breed-FAQ

[ Home  |  FAQ-Related Q&As  |  General Q&As  |  Answered Questions ]

© 2008 FAQS.ORG. All rights reserved.