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Whisker Loss
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cwallis posted:
I started to notice recently that she has, what seems to be, losing hair at the base of one of her whiskers. I thought her whisker got pulled out somehow but it seems unlikly. I'm not sure if I should be worried that she's sick and it might be symptoms of something else. Is whisker loss something I should worry about?
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Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi Cwallis,

I am not so worried about whisker loss as I would be about the hair at the base of her whiskers. Is it red? Is she scratching?

I generally do not see medical problems with the whiskers or that area of the face so I wouldn't worry overly. But if you start seeing redness, swelling, scratching, etc. consult with your veterinarian.

Hair loss in general can be seen as a sign of disease but not so much whisker loss. If she is eating, drinking, feeling fine, I wouldn't overly worry. Just keep an eye on the area.

Dr. Sandy


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