Charlotte Writes: "One of my cats pulls his hair, from the tail to the middle of the back. He has been doing this for the past two years that we have had him. Each time we go to the vet they say there is nothing wrong with the skin and that it is OCD. The hair in this area feels dry. We have gone through the process of determining if he is allergic to the food and no matter what food he eats he still pulls hair. Any suggestions?"
Amy Shojai, CABC, responds with her typical thoroughness. This form of OCD is called psychogenic alopecia. However, before diagnosing psychogenic alopecia, veterinarians must first rule out other causes, including allergies, arthritis-related pain, and stress-related grooming. The treatments are as varied as the causes. Read the complete details in this helpful Ask Amy feature for more information.