When a dog loses its hair significantly, it can be a simple seasonal molt, but it can also be a sign of a health problem. When is a hair fall abnormal in the dog, and how do you react?
Shedding, a loss of natural hair in the dog
Every day, dogs lose hairs: like our hair, their hairs are renewed in a cyclical way. At two points in the year, the amount of lost hair increases: it is the seasonal fall or molt (in autumn, the winter coat, more supplied, replaces the summer hair, and in spring, the volume of Hair lightens). This fall of hair can be particularly evident in some breeds of dogs.
Dogs living in the city and inland are less subjected to seasonal differences in temperature: their molts are less marked and they lose hair throughout the year.
When should you worry about a significant fall in hair?
Hair loss off molting period
Not only does the hair fall, but the fur aspect changes: the hairs are dull, coarse, sparse, and dandruff can be observed. Popped areas, such as holes in the coat, reveal the naked skin.
To detect possible skin lesions, brush your pet in rubs to inspect the epidermis.
Frantic scratching and licking
Intense scratching or long licking can be a sign of different illnesses or a behavioral disorder. Then consult your veterinarian quickly, who will diagnose and prescribe appropriate treatment.
Causes of large hair loss in dogs
- One-off stress, for example caused by a veterinary consultation, may cause transient hair loss.
- Intense itching with scratching causes hair to fall and indicates the presence of external or installed parasites in the skin (fleas, Gale, chiggers).
- Flea Allergy dermatitis (DAPP) is very common and may be responsible for a consequent fall in the dog’s hair.
- The stocking is often accompanied by an increase in the fall of hair without consequences, related to hormonal changes.
- Inadequate nutrition may result in nutritional deficiencies that affect the quality of the hair (read: Feeding the dog).
What if the hair falls abundantly?
Brush your dog regularly, about 2-3 times a week, to eliminate dust, dirt and dead hair accumulated in the fur. This brushing activates the cutaneous blood circulation and encourages the regrowth of the hair. In molten period, brush your pet even more often.
Be sure to choose a quality diet for your pet, which will bring all the necessary nutrients (especially essential fatty acids), so that your pet keeps a dense, shiny and soft hair.
Finally, to avoid pests, treat it regularly with a pest control. Some products sold in veterinarians protect your dog for three months. You can also try the land of diatom, a natural pest control. Attention also to deficiencies related to intestinal parasite: Vermiculite regularly your dog.