Hair loss in dogs: what can you do?

Everybody likes to pet the soft hairs of their dog, but when those hairs start to accumulate in your house they can become your worst enemy. Hair loss in dogs is a normal process; each hair grows than falls and grows again. It is a cycle that will ensure the coat be consistent in colour and texture and also provides for a proper coat at the change of seasons. However it is possible to differentiate normal versus abnormal hair loss that requires medical investigation.

How to determine if your dog’s hair loss is abnormal

Hair and coat condition are good indicators of your dog’s overall health status. A coat that is dry, dull or sparse is a sign of something abnormal or a weakened system.  Abundant hair loss is normal in spring and fall when the animal is moulting.  It should be noted that dogs with long or thick fur and dogs of Nordic breeds (ex. Huskies) shed more. Learn to recognize what normal shedding is for your dog. More abundant hair loss than usual could be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

Treatments to decrease shedding in dogs.

Shedding is a natural process for most dog breeds, and completely eliminating shedding is next to impossible. But you can decrease or slow the process so that your house is not covered in dog fur.

Proper nutrition

Normal hair loss for a dog is sign of good health, and a good diet that is well-balanced and adapted to your dog’s lifestyle is essential to that continued good health. Choose a diet that will meet all of their nutritional needs that contains high quality nutrients and that is highly digestible. Feeding the proper amount will depend on your dog’s lifestyle, breed, age, and weight. Your veterinarian can help you choose the right formula for your pet..

Regular bathing

Bathing your dog every month can help decrease shedding and remove excess hair, while also helping the skin breathe better and accelerating the moulting process, allowing your dog get back to a more normal hair loss cycle.

Regular brushing

Bushing your dog will enable you to collect all the hairs before they end up on the floor or the couch, saving you alot of vacuuming. It will also prevent knots that form when dead hairs detach from the skin and get tangled with other fur. The right tool will help you get your dog’s fur soft and shiny. Use a brush or a comb adapted to your dog’s coat type that will remove all the excess hairs without damaging their skin.

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