The effect of body region on the canine hair cycle as defined by unit area trichogram

Sandra F. Diaz, Sheila M.F. Torres, Robert W. Dunstan, Carl R. Jessen

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Abstract

The impact of anatomic location on trichogram analysis of the hair cycle phases was evaluated in 15 clinically normal dogs. The purposes of this study were to determine if the number of hairs in anagen and telogen vary among anatomic sites within a dog and to see whether there is an optimal region to sample hairs for canine trichogram evaluation of the hair cycle phases. In each dog eight sites were sampled. Four (26.7%) of the 15 dogs had no significant differences in the number of hairs in anagen and telogen among the eight body sites examined. Nine (81.8%) of the remaining 11 dogs had only one site that revealed significant differences in the number of hairs in anagen or telogen. In seven (77.8%) of these dogs only the anagen differed significantly, and in two (22.2%) dogs both phases differed significantly. Two (18.2%) dogs revealed two sites with significant differences in the number of hairs in anagen. The number of hairs in anagen and telogen in the shoulder area did not vary significantly in any of the dogs. This observation, coupled with the ease of sampling at this site, indicates that the shoulder is the site of choice when studying variations in ratios of hair cycle phases using unit area trichogram. Our results also suggest that numbers of telogen and anagen hairs from body regions with different hair shaft lengths do not vary significantly, and the occasional inconsistent results noted at some body sites might be due to sample collection technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Dermatology
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004

Keywords

  • Anagen
  • Body location
  • Canine
  • Hair cycle
  • Telogen
  • Unit area trichogram

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