Is dog shedding normal?
Shedding is a natural phenomenon. All animals and even humans shed hair or skin as a means of getting rid of old damaged outer coating and clearing the way for new, healthier ones.
Although sometimes frustrating for their humans - for most dogs, shedding is an essential part of their skin and fur health. Excessive dog shedding, however, could be a sign of an underlying issue that could require attention and care.
WHAT IS NORMAL SHEDDING?
The amount of fur a dog sheds depends on the breed of the dog, the time of year, and whether they have a single or double layer of fur.
Most dogs shed year-round, though some will “blow their coat” seasonally, once or twice a year, in a most spectacular fashion. Normal shedding will occur year-round, and will be visible on your clothes, sofa, and around the house, but will not generally be visible on the dog’s body.
4 WAYS TO GET CONTROL OVER DOG SHEDDING
While you can't stop dogs from shedding, you can take several steps to reduce it and keep your home clean.
1️⃣ BRUSH YOUR DOG
Regular brushing is one of the most effective tools to deal with shedding. Use the right brush for your dog. Consider shedding tools that make it easier to remove dead hair before it's shed from your dog on your carpet.
2️⃣ FEED YOUR DOG A HEALTHY DIET
Omega 3s are the fatty acids that are available in your dog and cat's food, as well as in the form of nutritional supplements. Omega-3 is found primarily in cold-water fish, shellfish, plant and nut oils, and flaxseed.
3️⃣ KEEP YOUR PUP HYDRATED
It’s all about healthy skin & coat. Many pets today suffer from dry skin, particularly in semi-arid and arid climates or those with cold, dry winters. Omega 3 fatty acids primarily nourish your pet’s skin and coat, restoring moisture to parched skin.
4️⃣ VACUUM OFTEN ;-)
Some dogs shed a lot, and some don’t. If your dog is healthy and regularly sheds a lot, it’s just part of who they are. As a loving pet parent, it’s your cross to bear
WHAT IS AN ABNORMAL SHEDDING?
So what if the weather is mild, and your dog seems to be shedding even more than normal for their breed? Here are several symptoms to keep an eye out for what may indicate an underlying medical condition:
SKIN IRRITATION, INCLUDING REDNESS, BUMPS, RASHES OR SCABS
OPEN SORES OF ANY KIND
BALD SPOTS OR THINNING OF THE COAT
DULL, DRY HAIR THAT PULLS EASILY
FOOT LICKING OR FACE RUBBING
There are a lot of environmental and health issues that cause excess shedding. Some of those can be parasites (fleas, lice, or mites), fungal or bacterial infections, inhalant or food-related allergies, immune disease, sunburn (yes, dogs can sunburn, too), contact with irritating or caustic substances, and many more.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, especially if they last more than a week, it’s time for a trip to your veterinarian to rule out any medical conditions.
Treating excessive shedding lies in treating the underlying cause. Consult with your vet to determine the best possible course of action.