3) For severely thinning hair or bald spots
that have you baffled as to the cause, there are products that can help. Each dog is unique and therefore results will vary. Many dogs have made excellent progress.
It will take dedication on your part, and some patience since improvement can take several weeks and near or complete hair growth can take several months.
There are 3 main products for this-
DerMagic rescue lotion can be amazingly effective. This is massaged into all areas of thinning hair TWO times per day for the first week. Then, massage this into thinning areas once per day for all additional weeks.
This is used in conjunction with the next two steps, so when you start to see hair growth, do not stop the treatment. Continue on. When the coat is restored, you may then want to just keep using the next two remedies.
Specialized shampoo and conditioner:
Both the DerMagic Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner can restore damaged coats. This is also great if a Maltese was shaved too closely.
Their combined ingredients stimulate hair growth and the healing process. You will want to give your Maltese a bath with both of these products once every week or every other week for the first month, then twice per month for additional months.
The shampoo should be massaged in for 5 minutes, and the conditioner for 3 minutes. Be sure to pat your Maltese dry and never rub the towel over him.
Melatonin (1/2 to 1 mg per day) has worked for some dogs, when given in conjunction with coat treatments such as the DerMagic.
This can make a dog feel sleepy and it may interfere with any current medications, so while this is sold OTC, you will want to check with your veterinarian before giving this to your Maltese.
2) Another remedy, when used alongside other treatments, is an Omega 3, 6, 6 supplement. This is proven to help restore skin and coat help. You may want to opt for a liquid omega supplement in a handy pump, which allows you to drizzle some over each meal. This is generally well-received by most dogs.