Excessive Shedding in Dogs

Is there a dog in that fur? While summer is the normal time for dogs to shed, how do you know when dog shedding has become unhealthy? Let’s find out!

I am the owner of a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, so I know that there are certain times of the year that she sheds so much I am amazed she still has any fur left! With this being said, is there such a thing as unhealthy dog shedding? And if there is, what’s causing it and how can it be treated? It’s time to do a little research it get some answers.

As it turns out, the amount of a dog sheds can be related to the health of the dog. While shedding may be perfectly normal, especially during the summer months, shedding can also indicate a high stress level, poor nutrition or a medical problem.

Here are some symptoms that indicate it’s a good time to call the vet:

  • Skin irritations which include redness, bumps, scabs or rashes
  • Any type of open sore
  • Bald spots, or a thinning coat
  • Dry hair that pulls out easily
  • Consistent scratching, foot licking or face rubbing

Some disorders or diseases that could result in excessive shedding are:

  • Allergies
  • Parasites such as fleas, lice or mites
  • Some types of fungal or bacterial infections
  • Sunburns
  • Certain medications that your pet might be taking
  • Immune disease

Another way to help combat excessive shedding, especially during the summer months, is to make brushing your dog a daily habit. If you are at all concerned with the amount of hair that your pet is shedding, you may want to give your vet a phone call.

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