FAQ's: Chemotherapy and Hair Loss

Will my dog lose their hair from chemotherapy?

In people, hair grows continually throughout their lives and since chemotherapy drugs usually target rapidly dividing cells, hair loss is common in people undergoing chemo.  But in most dogs, the bulk of their fur is not continually growing, so the vast majority of breeds are not affected significantly by this side effect.  Exceptions to this are the few breeds that do have continual hair growth such as Poodles and Old English Sheepdogs.  So, while you may notice some thinning of your dog's coat, loss of whiskers, and possibly a change in the texture of your dog's coat, it is unlikely that they will lose much, if any, of their fur.

This website is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinary professional, and is for informational purposes only.   Please seek the advice of your veterinarian or a veterinary specialist before giving your dog any supplements or pursuing any alternative cancer therapies. 

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