Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Canine Shedding

All dogs shed (well... except hairless dogs, because they are physically incapable of shedding...). Some dogs shed more than others. Some shed on a daily basis all year long, and some shed seasonally in the spring and fall. If you have a dog that sheds all year long, I feel for you, I really do. But, when should you start worrying that your dog's shedding problem is beyond the normal scope and is an actual health problem?

When you start to notice this:

Any of the above problems could be linked to an underlying health problem that will need to be addressed by a veterinarian. It could be anything from allergies, to hormones, a dietary deficiency (or over abundance), stress or a skin condition like mites and ringworm. It's important for your veterinarian to properly diagnose what is actually causing your dog to abnormally shed in order for the right treatment to be administered.

If you dog has normal shedding that is driving you absolutely nuts-o, here is one thing you can do:
  • Brush your dog daily with an undercoat rake. Most shedding is of the dog's undercoat with a little bit of actual fur. Take your dog outside and have some quality time of brushing out that undercoat. You couches, car and clothing will thank you.
Other than that, you can try some healthy coat vitamins and adjust your dog's food to something that is high quality. Fur is a common side effect of having animal love!

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