Q: Will my dog's hair grow back?

June 27, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2042 days ago

Mary T.

Why does my husky still have a bald spot where she was shaved for a blood sample?

Chosen Answer

For certain breeds of dog, hair will grow back slowly. Ironically, breeds that need a furry coat the most (Siberian Husky dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Keeshonds and Chow Chows) are especially prone to the so-called post-clipping alopecia.

That very slow regrowth of hair (months and months and months) might occur because the cold-weather dogs’ bodies automatically restrict blood flow to the vessels near the hair follicles under the shaved skin — a kind of adaptive trait to minimize heat loss during cold winters. Normally, guard hairs begin to regrow first, then the dog’s regular fur in six to 12 months. Sometimes the new fur is pointed (darker) where the skin was shaved.

Take a cue from balding men, and give that husky a comb-over.

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