Why your dog shedding hair?
Dogs naturally lose old or damaged hair by shedding. Although shedding is a normal process for dogs. The amount and frequency of hair that is shed often depends on several factors, such as:
- Health condition of your dog
- Dog’s breed
- Season and environment
STRESS & ENVIRONMENT
The environment could be a big change caused your dog shed hair more than normal. Dogs also tend to shed more when in stressful situations, like going to the vet’s office. Sometimes dogs have physiological responses to a change in homes, familial conflict, or a death in the family.
Allergies are another cause of shedding in dogs. Certain foods, medications, household cleaners, and grooming supplies may trigger allergic reactions in dogs. Your veterinarian can best determine if your dog’s hair loss is part of the normal shedding process or is a symptom of an underlying disorder. Excessive shedding can sometimes be prevented through proper nutrition. Dogs with allergies and/or sensitivities still might need to experiment with different brands and formulations to discover which food works best for them. We recommend that you consult your veterinarian for advice on what foods will best suit your dog.
Seasonal shedding occurs with some breeds, usually in the spring, but may also happen in the fall. Seasonal shedding occurs evenly across the whole body, and will happen every year on a cycle. It’s not something to be alarmed about, it’s perfectly natural and can be managed through daily grooming.
When is it time to meet the Vet?
If you notice any of the following conditions, or if your dog’s initial skin problem (can be caused by mites, dermatitis, ringworm) persists for more than a week, consult with your veterinarian for treatment.
- Skin irritation, including redness, bumps, rashes or scabs
- Open sores of any kind
- Bald spots or thinning of coat
- Dull, dry hair that pulls out easily
- Constant foot licking or face rubbing