Seasonal vs Excessive Shedding
It’s a natural process for dogs to lose old or damaged hair, which we call shedding. A healthy pet will naturally shed its coat (also called “blowing its coat” – which usually happens seasonally), but when the shedding turns excessive – there may be an underlying issue causing this to happen. Certain breeds also shed more than others, and you may notice that around spring-time and sometimes during the fall, your thick haired dog may blow its coat. Most of the time the undercoat is what sheds the most, and some of its normal coat, too.
To cosmetically help reduce excessive shedding, pet parents should groom their pets often with quality grooming tools. However, daily brushing is only a cosmetic quick-fix, the underlying problem needs to be uncovered and treated. If your pet is displaying signs of skin irritations, dry & brittle hair, open sores, bald spots or thinning of the coat, or excessive hair pulling out, then it’s time to see the vet. These issues could be the result of poor nutrition from diet, stress and anxiety, or an undiscovered medical issue which requires attention.
Excessive Shedding May Also Result from the Following Issues
- Hormonal Balance
- Excessive Licking Causing Hot Spots and/or Inflamed Lesions
- Flea, Tick or Parasite Bites (Mange Mites, Dermatitis, Ring Worm, Etc.)
- Immune Issues or Kidney, Liver, Adrenal, Or Thyroid Disease
- Food or Environmental Allergies. Sunburn
- Fungal and/or Bacterial Infection
- Other Irritants: Shampoo, Soap, Household Chemicals or Even a New Dog Bed