The molt corresponds to a point and physiological fall of the dog’s fur so that it is renewed.
In most dogs, hair growth is not permanent as this may be the case for our hair. This growth is cyclical with a growth phase of the hair follicles, a stationary phase, and finally a resting phase during which it falls.
If you own a molting dog, you may have noticed that a significant loss of hair occurs in the spring and fall. In fact, molt periods are governed by external factors such as the temperature and length of the days that affect the animal’s hormonal system. It is the animal’s hormones that then give the “order” to the hair follicles to accelerate or reduce their growth to fit the coat to the season, so that it becomes thicker in the winter and lighter in the summer.
Not all dog breeds are equal in front of the molt. Some breeds have hair that grows continuously and escape the phenomenon of seasonal molting: for example the case of poodles that must be groomed regularly. Conversely, Huskies with a double coat have well-marked seasonal molts to renew their cover hairs and their sub-hairs, which allow them to withstand very low temperatures in winter.
In addition to these seasonal molts, the animal may have permanent hair loss called “false molts”. In fact, domestic life in a heated and enlightened dwelling throughout the year can cause a permanent and quite normal fall of hair.
Although normal, this false molt can still be inconvenient for both you and your pet. In fact, permanent hair loss will fill your home with hair and you’ll have to vacuum every day! In addition, the accumulation of dead hair in the animal’s fur may cause skin or intestinal problems if it ingests large amounts of it while licking.
Here are some tips to limit the fake molting in your dog as much as possible:
–Diet plays an important role in the health of hair. A good quality diet, rich in good fatty acids and vitamins, helps to strengthen the quality of the hair and reduce its fall. For this reason there are effective canine supplements and even specially formulated foods to alleviate this problem. Salmon or rapeseed oil (rich in omega 3 fatty acid) would also be advisable to help build a healthy coat.
–careful or regular brushing will help to remove the dead hair before it falls or suffocates the skin of your dogie. There are particularly effective brushing accessories such as Furminator, tested and approved by TTPLC. When brushing, be careful not to irritate your pet’s skin by brushing it too hard and do not forget areas where the hair tends to tangle between the legs, behind the ears and on the belly.
-Too frequent baths (more than once a month) can dry the hair and cause excessive hair loss. Also prefer specific shampoos suitable for dogs that will take care of its particularly fragile skin. Our shampoos, whether for adults or for babies, are not recommended to wash your dog because it is too aggressive for his skin.
–Acute or chronic stress can also precipitate the fall of the hairs. Indeed, during periods of stress, the erector muscle attached to the hair pulls on the end of the hair and can cause the fall. There is not much to do against a situation of acute stress, such as a visit to the veterinarian for example, which may cause hair loss in any case. On the other hand, chronic stress can cause accidental licking themselves causing a fall in hair. It is then necessary to identify the causes of stress of the animal and to combat this stress through education, if necessary with the help of a canine behaviorist. Pheromone diffuses with calming and soothing virtues can also help you reduce doggie stress.
If your dog loses his hair abnormally until one sees his skin in a place, it is necessary to consult a veterinarian. This can reveal a pathology that will then have to be treated with medications.