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Q: Shorty's Mohawk?

December 5, 2011 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 954 days ago

Ches21

I heard that Shorty's mohawk could be from his steriod shots that the hair could be longer in certian areas cause my uncles dog Daisy gets the steriod shots and her fur grows longer because of this and she gets tufts of fur in between her toes from it too Could this be why Shorty has the mohawk?

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Kelly
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Dec 06, 2011

My Smokey has gotten regular steroid injections for years and his hair is still uniform in length and doesn't stick up. A lot of short-haired cats can get that look because the undercoat doesn't grow as long as the top coat or guard hairs. I have an orange tabby who has a little bit of that down his back and he's never had a steroid shot in his life. Corticosteroids retard hair growth, so if they're going to have any effect on the hair, they would typically cause hair loss rather than hair growth.

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Jillian
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Dec 06, 2011

It's possible. Steroids are given for hair loss and in some cases, can help the hair grow. When Whisper was losing all that fur earlier this year, which we now know was due to stress, my vet gave her a steroid shot and told us to wait two weeks. It did ease up a little, but her hair didn't start growing b/c of it. This is more typically seen in people who are losing their hair from stress or various illnesses, but I don't see why it wouldn't share that reaction in some animals.

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