Like your own daily hair loss, it is natural for pets to shed some of their fur. However, pet parents are commonly worried about shedding and that is totally normal. So, why do pets shed? What can we do to reduce the shedding? How much shedding is normal? Let us discuss some of these issues.
What is shedding?
For dogs and cats, shedding is a natural process of hair fall. Except for hairless breeds, most hairy pets shed. Shedding is a way for the animal to get rid of their old coat and enhance healthy hair growth. Natural hair shedding is related to your pet’s diet as well as health, temperature, season and so on. However, sometimes they also shed because of unnatural reasons such as injury and malnutrition.
Is there a particular time for shedding?
Shedding is supposed to be restricted to spring and fall. However, with domesticated dogs, especially those that mostly remain indoors, it is normal for them to shed somewhat throughout the year.
When is hair shedding concerning?
You should have your dog evaluated by a veterinarian when you notice the following kinds of shedding:
1. Patchy hair loss
2. Hair loss accompanied by other signs such as redness, rashes or bumps on the skin
3. Thinning of the coat
4. Constant scratching
5. Dry hair that pulls out easily
What causes excessive shedding?
There are a host of different reasons why dogs shed excessively. Here are some of the most common reasons:
1. A poor diet that does not provide enough protein or nutrients
2. Using the wrong shampoo and not rinsing properly
3. Stress caused by a change in routine or the entry of a new pet into the family
4. Skin parasites
5. Hormonal imbalance or other underlying infections and diseases.
How to reduce hair shedding?
There is no definite way to stop the shedding, but you can definitely reduce the amount of hair in your home. Brush your dog regularly to remove the dead hairs before they fall onto the floor. You should ask a groomer to recommend a specific type of brush or comb that will work best for your dog’s coat type. Adding Omega 3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA to your dog’s diet can also help promote healthy skin and hair. In case of excessive shedding, it is best to consult a veterinarian.
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