Why is my dog shedding so much hair?
Home is where the dog hair sticks to everything BUT THE DOG!
You think you are doing everything to keep your dog well-groomed but often go to work wearing dog hair? While I am a firm believer that an outfit just isn’t complete without a bit of dog hair, being covered in pet hair kind of ruins my style. Can you relate? Well then read on…
Firstly, dogs tend to drop damaged or aged hair by shedding which is quite a natural process. The amount of shedding depends on many important factors such as the weather, breed, health, nutrition, consistency of dog grooming and more.
What can you do to reduce shedding?
While it also depends on the breed and other factors, regular grooming makes a huge difference. Make sure you brush your fur baby at least once a day to avoid a matted and problematic coat. Speak to your local Blue Wheelers mobile dog groomer on how to get started on grooming your pets regularly.
Next is nutrition – ever heard of the saying “you are what you eat?” Well this applies for your pooch too. Poor quality diet often plays a big factor in shedding. Do your research and incorporate some healthy meals/treats to their diet.
When is it time to see the vet?
Unusual hair loss could be due to many reasons. Often it indicates an underlying dog health issue. If you notice the following conditions please consult your vet for a treatment.
- Allergies, skin irritation (including bumps, rashes, redness)
- Hair that breaks/falls out unevenly
- Bald patches of lost fur
- Fur has become very dry and brittle
Don’t know what to do with all the excess fur your dog is shedding? Here’s a DIY Tip:
Collect all the brushed fur and put it in to a birdfeeder and leave it outside. The birds will take away this fur for their nests. The collected fur will make a perfect cosy home for little birdies.