Alopecia - Donkey

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Alopecia (Image courtesy of The Donkey Sanctuary)

Most ‘alopecic’ cases are the result of self-trauma or nutritional neglect. Parasitic infestation and fungal skin infections are also a common cause of alopecia that can be localised or extensive. Both fungal and parasitic disease often have prominent scaling. Alopecia can arise also from irritant contact including iatrogenic applications of inappropriate chemicals or from wound exudate. There is invariably some component of scaling and/or crusting in these cases. Localised ‘hair breakage’, as a result of rubbing (either tack or self-trauma), is not classified as true alopecia.


  • Knottenbelt, D. (2008) Skin disorders In Svendsen, E.D., Duncan, J. and Hadrill, D. (2008) The Professional Handbook of the Donkey, 4th edition, Whittet Books, Chapter 8
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